If you or a loved one have a planned surgery, such as a joint replacement, or are hospitalized for a serious medical event like an injury or stroke, the setting where you receive rehabilitation makes a difference. 

Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals have been shown to achieve better results compared to other settings like skilled nursing facilities, including greater success in helping you walk independently again and return home sooner – generally in just 12-14 days.

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What to Expect

Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals like Kindred’s offer physical, occupational and speech therapy based on your condition, specific needs and ability to perform a comprehensive and challenging rehabilitation schedule. Typically, therapy is provided for three hours each day, in a combination of 30-60 minute therapy sessions. You will likely see your doctor each day and have access to nursing care around the clock, seven days a week, so you have the support and assistance you need at any time.

Your loved ones are encouraged to play a supportive role, receiving education on the rehabilitation process both during your stay in the hospital and also when you return home.

Members of the Rehabilitation Team

A Physical Therapist helps with exercises designed to improve balance, strength and endurance. They work with you to decrease pain, improve range of motion and restore ability to walk and complete normal daily skills.

An Occupational Therapist helps you become more independent by teaching you new ways to perform daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating and preparing food in order to return to a more normal daily routine.

The Speech-Language Therapist helps with communication, memory, hearing and problem-solving skills. They also help people return to eating and drinking normally again if they have difficulty swallowing after being on a ventilator.

Your rehabilitation team will work with the rest of your care team to tailor a plan for your condition and abilities, which often includes:

  • Memory strategies, especially following stroke or traumatic brain injury
  • How to better complete daily activities such as bathing
  • Osteoporosis/posture therapy
  • Improving fine motor skills like writing or fastening buttons
  • Arthritis pain management and joint protection
  • Walking with assistive devices like a cane or walker
  • Fall prevention and balance training
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Post-joint replacement therapy

Learn more about Kindred Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals or ask your doctor if care in this setting could be right for you or a loved one. If you have healthcare questions and would like to speak with a Registered Nurse, call 1.866.KINDRED 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can walk you through care options in your area.

By Mel Bearns