For more information about Inpatient Rehabilitation Services call:

Chris Nichols, program director

Sandy Milton, case coordinator
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Who is inpatient rehabilitation for?
Rehabilitation greatly benefits patients who experience:

  • Limitations in self-care
  • Impaired mobility, balance, and coordination
  • Limitations in joint strength and motion
  • Changes in memory, thought processing, reasoning, and rational thinking
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Swallowing disorders

These functional difficulties may be the result of stroke, hip fractures, some forms of arthritis, amputations, neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, muscular dystrophy), major multiple trauma, spinal cord injury and brain injury.

What will I do in inpatient rehabilitation?
While you’re with us we encourage you to:

  • Participate in daily care such as dressing and grooming
  • Join in individual and group leisure activities to help you resume normal activities
  • Eat meals with other clients in the dining room
  • Participate in an individualized therapy program

What should I bring?
We get dressed and participate in therapies and activities each day in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, so you should bring:

  • Clothing (several changes of exercise clothing is a popular choice)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Nightgown/pajamas
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Grooming items such as shaving equipment, hair brushes and make-up
  • Glasses and/or hearing aids
  • Assistive devices such as a walker

We encourage you to bring items that will make your stay with us comfortable. Please refrain from bringing expensive or irreplaceable items such as jewelry or large sums of money.  Family or friends will need to launder your clothing for you while you are with us.

Can I have visitors?
Visits from family and friends are encouraged, and their participation in your treatment and educational programs is recommended.

Visiting hours are not restricted, however, we respectfully request that visitors not interrupt your treatment schedule or rest breaks. We want you to receive the maximum benefit from the program.

Will insurance pay?
Medicare and most insurance pay for the rehabilitative services provided by the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Saint Francis Medical Center. Some insurance plans will also cover your co-payment responsibility. A representative from the hospital can answer any questions you and your family may have about your benefits and coverage.

How is my primary care physician involved during my stay?
In most cases, the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will manage your day to day medical needs during your stay. Your primary care or other specialty physician can be as involved in your care as they fell necessary. We’ll send progress reports to your referring or primary care physician as they specify. Additionally, your physicians are invited to attend weekly team conferences.

Is this the same as a nursing home or skilled care unit?
Inpatient treatment provides opportunity to recover like no other outpatient or skilled nursing facility can offer. Our goal is for you to perform daily living activities independently, returning you home if possible. Consider the advantages of the Saint Francis Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit:

  • Licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • A goal of returning home
  • Home-like apartment setting to practice activities of daily living
  • Home evaluation for safety and physical challenges
  • Interdisciplinary team of professionals working together to maximize recovery and individual gains.
  • Weekly team conferences
  • Patient and family training
  • On-site pre-admission screening
  • Admission from hospital, home or another facility.

How do I get referred to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit?
Referrals can be initiated by physicians, patients and their families, discharge planners, and allied health professionals.

If you believe a patient may benefit from our services, please call us at (308) 398-5770. A member of our staff will perform a screening at no charge. If it’s determined that inpatient rehabilitation is not appropriate, we can discuss other alternatives and resources.