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What Happens After Rehab?

Patient Satisfaction Survey

A survey is given to you prior to discharge regarding your rehabilitation stay. This is confidential and will give you an opportunity to comment on your rehab experience. The rehab team uses this feedback to improve care for future rehab patients.

Options Available for Discharge

As you progress toward discharge, the social worker will discuss the discharge recommendations made by the rehab team and the expected care that will be needed at discharge. The options that exist for this care, your preferences, and financial considerations will be reviewed with you. An estimated discharge date is typically set within the first week. The social worker will assist in making contacts to agencies, facilities, or equipment providers who will be involved in your care when you leave the rehab unit.

Home Care

Homecare provides professional services that come into your home, such as nursing, therapies, respiratory therapy, homemaker, or bath aide. Home-delivered meals, special adaptive equipment, or an emergency "Lifeline" telephone response system may also be necessary.

Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient therapy services are available to continue strengthening, safety, and balance. If outpatient therapies services are recommended at discharge, appointments will be arranged before leaving the hospital.

If patients are unable to return home, there are several levels of care available.

Assisted Living

Designed for those who are independent with almost all activities of daily living but desire the ability of on-site help.

Skilled Care

For patients who have special therapy needs which require the skills of technical or health personnel that cannot be provided in long-term care. Examples of this type of care are daily monitoring of medical condition by a physician, gastrostomy tube feedings, daily wound dressings, or daily therapy.

Residential Care

This service is available for those who need supervision and minimal help. On-site staffs in this type of care facility prepare meals and do laundry, but provide little or no personal care.