At NewYork-Presbyterian, we recognize that the sooner you begin rehabilitation, the quicker you can achieve an optimal level of functional outcome. For this reason, you may benefit from an acute inpatient rehabilitation stay where you will receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and/or recreation therapy. The rehabilitation teams in our dedicated Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and Joint Commission-accredited inpatient units will work with you and your family to determine the best care plan for you to work toward your goals.
Caring for People with a Wide Range of Disorders
Our skilled nurses and therapists help people with stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, multiple sclerosis, hip fractures, amputations, burns, cancer, heart and lung disorders, and general medical and surgical disabilities regain strength and function.
A Team of Rehabilitation Experts
Your healthcare team includes your acute care physician and physiatrists (rehabilitation medicine physicians) who coordinate care provided by nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and other physicians onsite who are skilled in a wide variety of specialties…all in one location. Our nurses are available around the clock to address your medical, physical, and comfort needs, while keeping in mind the shared goal of helping you become more independent. Social workers and therapeutic recreation specialists help meet the social, leisure, and spiritual needs of you and your family.
What to Expect during Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
These guidelines may help you plan for your acute in-hospital rehabilitation program:
- Your length of stay. Your length of stay depends on the reason you are receiving rehabilitation and the pace of your recovery. Your healthcare team will personalize your treatment plan according to your needs.
- What to wear. You will need comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and sneakers or other rubber-soled shoes for your therapy program.
- Visiting hours. Your family and friends are encouraged to visit during your hospital stay, typically during the hospital visiting hours as well as when you are not in a therapy session, unless instructed by the therapy team to participate in family training.
- Your typical day. Your rehabilitation day will be very structured, with a minimum of three hours of therapy each day, six days a week, including a break for lunch. You can also participate in recreational therapy and your own leisure pursuits during your non-therapy hours.
- Leaving the hospital. Discharge planning begins on the day of admission, and your rehab team will work closely with you to ensure a safe and timely discharge. Your discharge plan will be based on your function, insurance coverage, and available family and community support. The typical length of stay in an acute rehabilitation facility is 7 to 10 days. Most people return home and continue to receive nursing, physical, speech, and occupational therapy in an outpatient rehabilitation setting or at home. Some people may need to receive this care in a "subacute" facility (such as a nursing home) before going home. One option for subacute inpatient rehabilitation is the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health, with whom we have established a program for NewYork-Presbyterian patients that is overseen by our physiatrists.
Transitioning You Back to Your Community
Community reintegration is an important goal, and our caring, dedicated professionals will work with you to achieve a successful return to your community. We can connect you with any outpatient care and community resources as needed.