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What To Expect

Your acute rehab team will encourage and support you and your family

Your acute rehab team will assist, encourage and support you and your family, and help plan any care you may need after discharge.

Your Goals : Milestones for becoming more independent

  • Move safely by either walking or using a wheelchair
  • Relearn activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, toileting and eating, to the greatest extent that your condition allows
  • Learn how to eat safely if your swallowing has been affected
  • Learn effective ways to communicate and solve problems

Our Expectations : Daily activities that bring improvement

  • Participate in therapy three hours per day, five days a week
  • Get dressed in street clothes every day and eat all meals sitting up in the chair
  • Learn about exercise programs you will be using at home
  • Learn any treatments you will need to do at home, including wound care, medication administration, blood glucose testing, insulin injections or use of special equipment
  • Participate in training sessions with your family or caregiver if you will need assistance at home

Your Family or Caregivers: Welcomed members of the team

We invite family members or caregivers who will be helping you at home to come to therapy sessions. They’ll have the opportunity to encourage you and to learn about your therapies, treatments and medications.

Your Safety: Avoiding falls

During rehabilitation, patients can be at risk of falling. Through our Bee Safe Fall Prevention Program, we work with patients and families to surround them with guidelines and extra care that helps protect against falls. Some elements of the program include:

  • Patients wear shoes or no-skid slippers at all times.
  • Families are encouraged not to help you get in or out of bed unless they have been trained by the rehabilitation staff or have received approval by the physical therapist.
  • Our staff will make sure your call light is within reach at all times and your bathroom light is left on all night.
  • For your safety, a bed alarm may used that will beep loudly to let us know if you are trying to get out of bed by yourself.

Your Discharge: Planning ahead

Your rehab team will set goals and monitor your progress. Your case manager or social worker will explain your discharge plan. It will ensure that you get the help you need after you leave Loyola’s acute rehabilitation unit.

Discharge doesn’t mean the end of therapy. Most patients need weeks or months of therapy in their home, at an outpatient center or day rehab, or in a skilled nursing facility. Overall, 72 percent of patients leaving our unit go home after their stay with us.

Want to know more?  You can find answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section.