Frequently Asked Questions About Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Stays

Unsure of what to expect before, during, and after your inpatient acute rehabilitation stay? Please review our list of frequently asked questions to get answers to common questions.

Do I quality for an acute rehabilitation stay?

Our Acute Rehab Units accept patients with the following diagnoses:

  • Stroke
  • Neurological disorders such as Parkinsons’s disease, multiple sclerosis, polyneuropathy, etc.
  • Joint replacements
  • Hip fractures and other orthopedic conditions
  • Multiple medical trauma
  • Congenital deformity such as cerebral palsy
  • Amputation

Patients with medical conditions not on this list may also qualify for rehabilitation services at Mercy locations. Please contact the hospital for more information.

Will my insurance pay for my rehabilitation stay?

Medicare, Medicaid, and many third party insurers reimburse for an inpatient rehab program for patients with physical and functional disabilities. Experienced staff will help you and your family verify and obtain coverage.

What should I bring to the hospital?

You should bring several sets of comfortable clothing that allow for exercise and movement, a sweater, robe, personal toiletry items, nightwear and a pair of comfortable, preferably rubber soled shoes. You may also want to bring leisure items such as reading materials, word puzzles, needlework, etc. Please do not bring any highly valuable personal items.

What does a typical day include?

You will receive several hours of therapy per day while on the Unit. A typical day might include:

  • Morning Care: 6:30-8:00 a.m.
  • Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Morning Therapy Sessions: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon Therapy Sessions: 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Evening Care/Bed: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Can my family visit me?

Of course! Family members can even attend therapy! On Observation Days small groups of family members or caregivers can accompany you to your therapy sessions to see the daily routines and the progress being made. More formal family instruction can be set up through the therapy department.

How long will I stay?

The average patient stays on our unit for 12 days. More than seven of every 10 patients go directly home. Because we treat each patient on an individualized basis, your stay with us may be a few days less to several weeks more than the average. The rehabilitation process is affected by factors such as severity of illness, other medical conditions, age, and previous health status.

What can I expect when I go home?

The rehabilitation process typically continues after discharge from the rehab unit. You may receive a course of home nursing or therapy. You may have to continue therapy on an outpatient basis. The need for services after discharge will be decided before you leave the unit.

What if I need equipment?

Equipment needs are assessed throughout your stay. Our therapists and social worker will work with you and your insurance company to get any equipment you might need at home. Delivery of equipment can be made to the hospital or to your home.