Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Guide
Once you have a doctor’s referral for admission to our inpatient program, one of our social workers will contact you to provide an orientation and discuss your goals. Our Inpatient Guide can give you an initial sense of what to expect.
Learn more about what to expect during your stay:
- Arriving at Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Rooms
- Inpatient Meals
- Daily Inpatient Rehabilitation Routine
- What to Wear for Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Visitor Information
- Dialysis and Radiation
- Discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation Equipment for Home
During your first few days, our team will evaluate your condition and create a plan. Your social worker and/or doctor will then talk to you about the team’s recommendations, including their estimate for how long you need to stay and how you will get discharged. Our average length of stay is 12 to 14 days.
Patients requiring isolation because of their condition are placed in a private room. We try to accommodate other requests for private rooms when we can — e.g., for family members wanting to sleep over or patients worried about disrupting roommates.
We offer menus with a variety of items for breakfast, lunch and dinner — including meals designed to meet physician-prescribed diets for patients with diabetes or cardiac or renal problems. Food is delivered via “room service,” meaning you order what you want when you want it.
Meals are included in your stay, with visitors able to order off the menu for a small fee. Your guests are encouraged to eat with you, and we provide dining tables overlooking the Detroit River. Henry
Ford Wyandotte Hospital also has a Subway sandwich shop and a coffee bistro.
You should consult with your nurse or doctor before eating food brought from home or by your visitors — especially if you have swallowing problems. If so, you may need specially prepared food and may need to follow special swallowing techniques. If you have special nutritional needs you might get a visit from a dietician or get asked to attend a nutrition class.
We ask you to attend therapy for 3 to 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Depending on your needs, you might also attend sessions over the weekend.
It is best if you wear street clothes and shoes every day — especially clothing that is loose and comfortable. Sweat suits and tennis shoes are appropriate, although other styles worn at home are likely to work, too. Our occupational and physical therapists can provide further recommendations about what to wear.
Unfortunately, laundry service is not available, but hospital pajamas are available as needed.
We have open visiting hours, and we ask that people involved with your home care and who are receiving training from our staff attend as much as possible. We do suggest, though, that you coordinate visiting times with guests since you have therapy sessions, nursing care, testing and other commitments.
If you need dialysis, you will receive it at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. If you need radiation or another off-site service, we will provide transportation to and from the appointments, making sure to coordinate with your therapy sessions.
Our goal is for every patient to return home. We work closely with you and your family to figure out how to accomplish that, and we have a proven track record of success. But we also have to keep your safety in mind, and we may recommend that some patients go to a nursing home or assisted living. If that’s the case, one of our social workers helps to make the arrangements.
Before you’re discharged, the social worker will help you determine what outpatient services you may need. Depending on the services, you might get them at home or at a center such as our outpatient program. The decision is based on your needs, preferences and insurance coverage.
Before leaving, you will receive information and assistance on getting recommended medical equipment for your home — items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, walking aids, special bathtub seats, etc. One of our therapists will answer your questions.
A retail equipment store is located in the main hospital lobby.