Singing River Health System’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center is a Level II comprehensive medical rehabilitation unit at Singing River Hospital to help patients recover and regain mobility and function lost to strokes, hip fractures, amputations, multiple trauma/fractures, some total joint replacements, neurological disorders, arthritis and other debilitating conditions. Rehabilitation means “to restore to useful life, as through therapy and education” or “to restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.” In other words, the goal will be for you to return to the highest level of function and have your medical needs addressed.
The unit provides care to patients who have had a prolonged illness, exacerbation of a chronic illness or a major event in their life such as a stroke or joint replacement. These are just some examples of our patient population. Medicare has given us guidelines to determine which patients are appropriate and which diagnosis qualifies a patient to receive care on this type of unit.
The goal of the inpatient rehabilitation program at Singing River Health System’s comprehensive rehabilitation center is to maximize your recovery. Our expert medical rehabilitation team is committed to helping you return to an active and productive lifestyle. Each person’s program is tailored to meet his or her needs by integrating appropriate specialty services as needed with several different disciplines. An outline of this integration process is provided in the Integrated Approach section.
A pre-admission screening must occur to determine if your loved one qualifies for comprehensive rehabilitation. Patients are admitted from home, hospitals and nursing homes. A physician will work with the social worker or home health agency to determine if a referral is appropriate. Once we have received the referral, the rehabilitation team will review the patient’s history and potential to determine appropriateness for the unit. The decision is based upon medical stability, ability to participate in an intense therapy program, potential for significant functional improvement, level of functional dependency due to recent injury or ongoing physical disability and the need for daily physician intervention and 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care.
The comprehensive rehabilitation team is responsible for the final decision. A decision is usually made within 24 hours of the referral. Once the decision is made for possible admission, the liaison nurse will assist you with insurance and financial information. The comprehensive rehabilitation center accepts most major insurance carriers, including Medicare. Benefits will be verified prior to admission.
If you are a patient at Singing River Hospital, the staff from the unit you are on will bring you to the comprehensive rehabilitation center. Even though you are in the same hospital as the comprehensive rehabilitation center, your admission is considered a new admission and, therefore, will require that we go through the admission process. If you are a patient at another facility, depending on our health status, you can provide your own transportation or have transportation provided for you – handled by your case manager. Our staff strives to provide a smooth transition and make it as simple as we can for you and your family.
What To Bring
Please have your family pack the following items for you:
- Comfortable, loose fitting clothes – elastic is better than zippers
- A pair of comfortable shoes (tennis shoes or skid-proof shoes) – Many times after an illness or surgery the patient is a little swollen, so keep this in mind when packing.
- Any toiletries that you may need – Showers are available on the unit, and all of our patients are encouraged to utilize the shower unless medically contradicted.
Please do not buy new things to bring – your regular items should be appropriate. If additional items are needed, the staff will address these with your family/caregiver.
For more information, to make a referral or to arrange for a tour, please call the Singing River Health System comprehensive rehabilitation center at 228-809-4050.