After a debilitating injury or illness, we want to make sure you’re back to your normal routine as soon as possible. In some cases, you might need inpatient rehabilitation.
Inpatient rehabilitation is a physical program. You must have a medical condition that requires 24/7 nursing and physician care, along with needing at least two of the following therapies: physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. At SIH Inpatient Rehabilitation, you will be treated by a physiatrist (physician who specializes in rehabilitation).
But your need for inpatient rehabilitation doesn’t mean you or your loved one must be far from home.
We are one of four sites in the State of Illinois and the only one south of Chicago certified for stroke rehabilitation.
Preparing for inpatient rehabilitation
More than 75 percent of our patients went directly home following their stay at SIH Inpatient Rehabilitation.
As a patient, you’ll be given the opportunity to focus on individual goals.
You will be encouraged to do as much as you can on your own to increase your independence. Your nurses and therapists will assist you as much as you need to get dressed and perform other daily activities. As your strength and mobility improve, the amount of assistance you need will decrease.
During the weekday, you’ll be scheduled for three or more hours of therapy each day. On the weekend, you’ll receive less therapy in order to allow your body some time to rest and recuperate.
As you prepare for inpatient rehabilitation, be aware that your stay may last from several days to weeks, depending on your needs and the progress you make. Don’t be discouraged if you seem to make very little progress at first. Therapy is an intensive activity that can leave you feeling tired.
Friends and family are encouraged to be part of your recovery. Each weekday morning, you will receive a schedule of your therapy sessions for the day. If you have family members or other caregivers who will be assisting you when you are discharged, we encourage them to attend and participate in your therapy sessions. This is an opportunity for them to learn how to provide the appropriate care for you.
We offer family training for family members and caregivers.This can be arranged with your therapists, nurse or case manager.
Visitors are welcome anytime during the day. However, you will be busy with therapy between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Between therapy sessions, you will most likely be tired and want to rest.
What to bring
Here’s a checklist of what you can bring during your stay.
- Your own clothes. You should bring your own clothes, partly to help you feel more like yourself, but mainly because dressing yourself will be part of your therapy. Clothing should be comfortable and not too tight. Please bring a sweater or light jacket to wear in case your therapist takes you outside for exercises. Laundry services are provided off-site by the family.
- Assistive devices. If you have your own walker or other assistive devices, please inform your therapist as you may be asked to have someone bring those in order for you to practice with them.
- Label items beforehand. Please mark all personal items, including your clothing, with your name.