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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Some Questions you may have:

What should I expect when I arrive?

Day 1
Your first day at rehabilitation will be light.
  • A nurse will greet you when you arrive and perform a complete assessment.
  • Depending on your arrival time, you may meet with your physiatrist as well.
Day 2
On your second day, you will:
  • Meet with your physiatrist and your case manager
  • Have a comprehensive evaluation by the treatment team
  • Meet your therapists who assess your abilities and set goals
  • Meet with a wound care specialist (if needed)

What is the daily routine?

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. Wake up and get dressed
7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Morning therapy sessions
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon therapy sessions
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Relax, socialize and bathe

How can I schedule a tour for me or my loved one?

Please call 708.684.2000 to make arrangements for touring the facility. Calling ahead is recommended so a tour guide will be ready for you.

How do I know if I am eligible for rehabilitation at Advocate Christ?

If you are interested in being admitted to our program, you should ask the discharge case manager or social worker at your current hospital to notify Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program that you would like an evaluation for admission. To view admission criteria, click here. A family member may also call and make a referral on your behalf.

How long will I be in the Rehabilitation Program?

Length of stay varies and is dependent on the diagnosis and progress. Once initial evaluations are completed, the team will be able to better estimate your length of stay.

When can I go home?

A target discharge day will be determined at a weekly conference involving your physiatrist, social worker, nurse and therapists.

Can my family spend the night?

Overnight stays are not allowed unless approved by the physiatrist. As part of our goal, we want to help our patients reach their optimal level of independence. If the patient is having difficulty adjusting to the rehabilitation process, a family member may stay for a night or two as needed. If the patient is at risk for falling, we may ask you to stay to assist in the patient's care. We do not provide beds for family, but we do offer recliners.

Can my family come to observe therapy sessions?

Family members are encouraged to attend therapy sessions to observe. Observations can be arranged by the social worker prior to the patient's discharge. A formal training session also can be scheduled by the social worker so that family members receive education from the therapists and nursing staff. Please note that cell phone use is prohibited in our therapy gyms to avoid disrupting patients during therapy.

Can I go outside or leave the floor with my family?

Many patients take advantage of the opportunity to go outside or leave the floor with their family. The physiatrist must provide clearance prior to a patient going outside or leaving the floor; the patient's nurse must be notified as well.

Is there a pastor/minister available?

Mission and Spiritual Care represents a diversity of denominations and faith communities and provides spiritual care and support for patients and their families. Professional chaplain staff members offer specialized spiritual care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the medical center. Notify your healthcare provider if you are seeking a visit with one of our chaplain staff.

What Therapy is available to me after I am discharged?

The rehabilitation team will recommend the most appropriate follow-up therapy after you are discharged. Please note that follow-up therapy services vary based on insurance coverage. Available therapy includes the following:

Home health therapy involving physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and/or speech therapy (ST). You will be seen two to three times per week in your home with therapy focused on improving functional skills. In order to receive home health services, you must be confined to your home. Therapy will continue as long as there is a doctor’s order or until the therapist determines that you have reached a plateau, a slowdown in progress or can be considered independent with your skills.

Day rehab offers a comprehensive program of PT, OT and ST on an outpatient basis. Day rehab programs are designed for persons of any age whose medical conditions are stable enough to allow them to leave the hospital, but require them to continue intensive therapy. You will attend day rehab an average of 3 days per week for 3 hours per day.

Outpatient therapy offers services provided at a number of locations. Many facilities provide PT, OT and ST. Your physician will write a prescription for which services are needed. These services are typically provided 2 times to 3 times per week. The number of sessions is based on the therapist’s recommendations, as well as the physician’s orders.

Subacute rehabilitation involves a full range of rehabilitation services provided at a lower intensity on an inpatient basis in a licensed skilled nursing facility. The number of minutes of therapy a patient will receive is determined through a category system, receiving up to 3 hours of therapy per day. A patient cannot have any significant medical complications. As the patient progresses, length of stay and level of intensity will change.

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