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  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PHYSICIANS

    What Is an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital?

    Through expert, intense and aggressive interdisciplinary therapy care our Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals (licensed as IRFs) provide rapid recovery and improved function for patients who can tolerate at least three hours of rehabilitation therapy each day.

    In 2011, we cared for approximately 42,400 patients in our 102 hospital-based acute rehabilitation units. More than 76% were discharged to home or community after an average length of stay of just over 12 days.

    Who Are Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Patients?

    Patients admitted to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital receive specialized intense rehabilitation for medical needs that preclude them from being accepted into a lower level of care such as a skilled nursing facility. All therapy programs are customized based on the individual’s existing abilities, tolerance for therapy and desired outcomes.

    Prospective patients require daily physician oversight, a minimum of two types of therapy and 24-hour nursing care. Specialized programs at these hospitals can include:

    • Brain injury care – assisting the patient in communication, swallowing, balance and performing activities of daily living.
    • Lower extremity amputation care – assisting the patient in walking safely, making transfers from different surfaces and caring for the residual limb.
    • Spinal cord injury care – assisting the patient in managing bowel and bladder control, psychological adjustment and performing activities of daily living.
    • Stroke care – assisting the patient in communication, improving memory, speech, balance and overall mobility.

    What Distinguishes the IRF Care Model?

    Patients admitted to our hospital benefit from specialized intense rehabilitation for medical needs that preclude them from being accepted into a lower level of care such as a skilled nursing facility. All therapy programs are customized based on the individual’s existing abilities, tolerance for therapy and desired outcomes

    What Physician Opportunities Are in a Kindred IRF?

    There are several types of physician opportunities available at Kindred

    • Independent
      Volunteer physicians attend or consult at facilities where privileged (applications available at each hospital)
    • Employment
      Physicians are employed by Kindred
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