Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
Acute Rehabilitation Services help a wide variety of patients
In addition to post-acute care, we also offer outpatient rehabilitation,
Home Health care and
Hospice Services to help patients transition to home and community or receive the medical
care they need.
The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation (Acute Rehab) Unit helps patients experiencing
a loss of function from injury or illness to become as independent as
possible in the activities of daily living so that they may return home
and re-enter the community.
Acute Rehab patients often experience limited ability to care for themselves
- Impaired mobility, balance and coordination
- Limited strength and range of motion
- Sensory loss or visual/perception problems
- Cognitive problems (issues with memory, problem-solving, etc.)
- Speech and communication problems
- Swallowing disorders
The Acute Rehab Unit provides comprehensive rehabilitation for patients
across a wide variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to:
- Brain injury
- Cerebrovascular accident
- Congenital deformity
- Hip fractures
- Major multiple trauma
- Neurological disorders (including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s
Disease,Polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barre and others)
- Orthopedic Conditions
- Spinal cord injury
- Conditions made worse by illness (including COPD, Heart Disease and others)
Rehabilitation professionals patiently teach patients to maximize function
based on their abilities and needs. For instance, patients in therapy
can regain the ability to walk after a fall or amputation, talk following
a stroke, or re-learn personal hygiene after a serious illness.
The Treatment Team
The Acute Rehab Unit takes an interdisciplinary team approach to successful
rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Team members are dedicated to meeting patients'
physical, psychological and social needs in an environment that promotes
wellness, confidence and independence. Team members develop individualized
treatment plans to maximize each patient’s functional abilities.
They also provide information about community resources to help smooth
the transition to home and community. Team members include:
- Medical Director
- Rehabilitation Nurses
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech/Language Therapists
- Social Workers/Case Managers
A Team That Puts Patients First
Though your acute care may be finished, that does not mean you will receive
any less attention or care from our staff. We understand how difficult
it is remaining in the hospital even after your primary treatment is over.
Southwest General’s Post-Acute Services team is focused on providing
quality care to help patients recuperate as quickly and safely as possible.
Each patient receives an individualized plan of care and focused attention
from experienced board-certified physicians and specially trained staff.
A physiatrist, a physician specializing in rehabilitation care, carefully
monitors the care and progress of Acute Rehabilitation patients so that
they return home with an improved quality of life, and so that they—and
their families and loved ones—can have peace of mind while they
In addition to daily physical, occupational or speech therapy, patients
on the Acute Rehab Unit are encouraged to:
- Get out of bed each day
- Participate in daily care such as dressing and grooming to promote independence
in the activities of daily living
- Join in individual and group leisure activities to help resume normal functions
of daily living
- Eat meals with other patients in the dining room to encourage socialization
Visits from family and friends are supported and their participation in
patient treatment and educational programs is recommended.
Physicians, discharge planners and medical care managers may all refer
patients to the Acute Rehab Unit. Additionally, patients and their families
may initiate a referral. If you believe a person may benefit from Acute
Rehab services, please call us at
Requirements for Admission
Before a patient is admitted, rehabilitation team members conduct a pre-admission
screening to review the patient’s condition and medical record.
Screenings are performed at no charge on site or in the patient’s
home. The screening will help determine if the patient is likely to benefit
from an intensive hospital-based rehabilitation program. To qualify for
admission, a patient must demonstrate that he or she is:
- In need of at least two skilled rehabilitation services (services include
physical, occupational or speech therapy)
- Able to participate in at least three hours of therapy per day, five days a week
- Medically and psychologically stable
- Mentally alert enough to participate in rehabilitation
- Expected to improve based on measurable program goals
Admission to Acute Rehab is by physician order. Physicians, following specific
admissions criteria, may admit patients directly from acute care hospital
settings, home or other facilities.
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation care is covered under Medicare and by other
insurance providers based on specific criteria for approved diagnoses.
Therapy staff can help determine if a patient’s diagnosis meets
coverage requirements based on functional status and physical ability.
A representative from Southwest General can help to answer any questions
about benefits and coverage prior to admission.
Patients and their family members are encouraged to call to discuss therapy
services or arrange a tour. For more information or questions about Acute