Admission is based on guidelines defined by Medicare, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The guidelines include:
- Patients must be medically stable and under the supervision of a physician.
- Patients need to be able to tolerate three hours of daily rehabilitative services five days a week to significantly improve their functional level of independence.
- Limitations in the ability to walk, communicate, feed and dress self, as well as limitations in emotional control, memory, thinking and social skills also qualify patients for admission.
A comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation will be conducted to determine the appropriate level of care for the patient.
Length of stay
The patient's length of stay is determined by criteria set by acute rehabilitation unit standards. After the rehabilitation team has completed the initial evaluation of the patient, a projected discharge date is set. The social worker/discharge planner works with the patient and family to ensure that they are aware of the discharge date and that needed services are in place at home. Preparation for discharge requires early and active participation of the patient, family and all other people involved in the rehabilitative process.
The patient's family or other caregiver is required to attend training sessions before the patient is discharged. This ensures that the family or caregiver is prepared to continue care at home.