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Frequently Asked Questions - Acute Rehabilitation

How do I know if I need to go into the Acute Rehabilitation Unit?
Your doctor will refer you to the unit if you need two of three types of therapy: physical, occupational and speech; require 24-hour hospital care; and are able to participate in three hours of therapy per day.

How is the unit different from the rest of the hospital?
The unit is a separate section on the fifth floor of the hospital that has 32 private rooms with wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. The staff and facility are dedicated to acute rehab care. Our patients and clinicians use the hospital’s diagnostic, laboratory, medical and pharmacy services. Tests or procedures are completed onsite and results are available within a day or two. Your Loyola physician and specialists can visit you and will be in continual contact with your rehabilitation team.

What should I expect to accomplish in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit?
You should gain independence in caring for yourself by being able to get around by walking or using a wheelchair; perform dressing, bathing, toileting and other activities of daily living; eat and swallow effectively and safely; and be able to communicate and solve problems. How much independence you gain during your stay will depend on your condition. Your rehab team will help plan for any additional assistance you may need when you are discharged.

Will I go home when I am discharged?
It depends on your condition and progress. About 72 percent of Loyola’s acute rehabilitation patients go home; 14 percent receive additional care in our unit, 13 percent go to a skilled nursing facility; and 1 percent go to nursing homes, assisted-living communities or similar places.

What if I need help when I’m discharged?
Everyone needs some help after acute rehabilitation. How much help you need will depend on your condition, restrictions prescribed by your physician and safety considerations. Your case manager or social worker will help arrange for the specific type of assistance you need.

Will therapy end when I’m discharged?
Not likely. Rehabilitation is an ongoing process that can take weeks or months. If you’re able to leave your home, you may go to outpatient therapy or day rehabilitation. If you have difficulty leaving home, you may receive home-care therapy and nursing visits 1 to 3 times per week. If you go into additional inpatient care, you will receive therapy there.

Will my health insurance cover inpatient rehabilitation services?
Your private health insurance will review your records and must approve your admission to the rehabilitation unit before covering your care. Your rehabilitation team will review the details of your coverage and arrange for your transfer to us when admission is approved. Medicare and Medicaid cover inpatient rehabilitation under the same benefits they provide for any other hospital stay.

Are home-care services covered by health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid?
In general, they cover only skilled services provided by a health-care professional, such as a registered nurse visit or visits by a physical, occupational or speech/language pathologist one to three times a week. Services, such as caregiving, housekeeping or transportation, are not covered.

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