When getting back home quickly and recovering as fully as possible are your goals, it matters where you receive your rehabilitation therapy. Intensive therapy may help you return home sooner. For this reason, your doctor has recommended inpatient rehabilitation, such as care in a Kindred Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital, as the next step in your recovery plan.

So what exactly is inpatient rehab, and why is it the right choice for you? Take a look at the following frequently asked questions and answers to get a better understanding of what an inpatient rehabilitation stay means for you or your loved one.

10 FAQs About Inpatient Rehabilitation

What is an inpatient rehabilitation hospital?

Your physician may refer you to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital following a serious injury or illness that causes you to lose everyday skills. In order to start care, your doctor has to determine that you are medically stable and physically able to begin a comprehensive rehabilitation program consisting of at least three hours of therapy per day, five days a week.

At Kindred Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals, you can expect daily physician visits, more than two types of therapy and 24-hour nursing care. We are committed to providing compassionate care and giving you the dignity and respect you deserve on your journey to recovery. 

Is an inpatient rehabilitation hospital right for me?

This setting is generally the most suitable when you require physical or occupational therapy and/or speech-language pathology. The care team will review your condition when you are admitted to determine the duration of your therapy sessions based on your tolerance level and goals.

Can't I get rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility?

While many skilled nursing facilities (SNF) offer rehabilitation services, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals or acute rehabilitation units within a hospital typically provide a lower patient to nurse ratio, a shorter length of stay and better physician coverage. In fact, the American Stroke Association recommends getting treatment for stroke recovery at an inpatient rehabilitation setting over a skilled nursing facility.

Who will serve on my care team?

The members of your team depend upon your specific needs, but your team will include a doctor, therapists (physical, occupational, and/or speech-language), rehabilitation nurses, a social worker, a case manager and a discharge planner.

What should I expect from care?

Most patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy each day for at least five days a week. Therapy takes place in individual and group settings, and sessions are scheduled for various times throughout the day. We encourage your loved ones to be part of your rehabilitation program, and to come in to offer encouragement and observe therapy sessions. With your permission, family members are also welcome to come by just to talk with staff and ask any questions they may have about your progress.

What type of patients are treated in inpatient rehabilitation units or facilities?

You may be a good candidate for admission into our inpatient rehabilitation program if you have had a decrease in your ability to function in your normal environment and you have experienced the following:

What should I bring?

Comfortable clothes, pajamas, underwear, an overnight bag, socks, slippers, eyeglasses/contacts if you require them (same with hearing aids), toiletries, cosmetics – items you might take on a short vacation.

How does the admission process work?

At Kindred Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals, a clinical liaison will meet with your care coordinator and review your medical history and recent medical treatment. Once you are approved for care in one of our hospitals, a mutually agreed-upon admission date and time will be established. With more than a decade of experience, we recognize the importance of understanding and preparing for individual needs prior to your arrival. The result is a less stressful transition process for both you and your loved ones. 

Will my insurance cover treatment at Kindred Hospital?

You may be wondering if your insurance will cover inpatient rehab. Our program accepts most major health insurance carriers, including Medicare. In some cases, payment may be available through Workers’ Compensation. Our team of insurance experts will help you confirm your coverage and will work with your insurance provider to find out if it covers inpatient rehabilitation services.

Where would I go when I leave a Kindred Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital?

When you are ready to leave one of our hospitals, we will work with you and your loved ones to determine the next lower level of care that best suits you.

If you have additional questions about inpatient rehabilitation or post-acute care in general, feel free to contact Kindred’s RN-staffed call center, open 24/7, at 1.866-KINDRED.

By Mike Ogburn