Choosing the right inpatient rehabilitation facility can be a stressful task. The staff at Mercy's Rehabilitation Hospital in St. Louis are here to help by making your transition into our facility seamless.
The admissions process requires a referral and begins with a phone call to our admissions coordinator. A referral can be made from the following sources:
Once you’ve been referred to our facility a clinical liaison will be sent to complete a free clinical evaluation to determine your medical stability and suitability for admission. Our admissions department will then work with your referral source, insurance company, physician, and the discharge planner to coordinate your transfer to our facility.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a nurse and introduced into your new surroundings. Various staff members will stop by and introduce themselves to you and your family within the first 24 hours of your arrival. Our therapy staff will begin their evaluations to complete your plan of care, specifically designed to meet your personal rehabilitation goals. Also, our dietitian will meet with you to prepare a meal plan that meets your nutritional needs.
This process is designed to help us determine your specific level of injury and coordinate a plan of care that will allow you to reach maximum functional independence.
We’re here for you and our focus is to provide you with the appropriate level of care to help you reach your maximum potential.
We offer three hours of therapy, five days a week, with additional therapy offered on weekends. Please keep in mind that our patients are periodically in and out of their rooms throughout the day. Here is what you can expect on a typical day at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital:
Your plan of care is built around your personal goals and abilities. The doctors, nurses and therapists will collaborate with you to develop an individualized plan of care. Frequent treatment team conferences will review how your plan of care is progressing and if any of your goals have changed.
If there is a family member, friend or caregiver who should be part of your plan of care and treatment team, please let the rehab team know. For example, that person could participate directly in therapy sessions, learning skills that can help bridge the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to home.
Your daily schedule will include several or all of the following therapies:
Your schedule will be available daily and may change from day to day. Therapy will begin the day after you arrive at our facility. Sometimes therapy may start before breakfast, but it will always be completed by dinnertime. Practicing what you have learned in therapy sessions will help your rehabilitation progress. Your nursing staff will assist you in this follow-up practice. Upon completion of the day's activities, you can expect to be tired. In the evenings you will find time to rest, relax and visit with your family and friends.
A support person is defined as a family member or loved one who is actively assisting in our patient’s care and well-being. In some cases a support person may be necessary for our patients to return home. At Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital we allow one support person to stay the night with their loved one. Support persons should not hinder the rehabilitation process, but rather assist in the care and have the capacity to be trained to support the patient they are staying with.
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital encourages family participation in the rehabilitation program, with the goal of returning the patient to their former community.
General visiting hours of the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital are 4 to 8 p.m. Immediate family may be present throughout the day and one primary caregiver may spend the night. There are no age restrictions on visitors. This additional access to the unit for primary caregivers allows them to observe care and learn to assist the patient to care for himself. Observation of therapy may be scheduled with the patient’s therapist.
The plan of care that started the day you arrived at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital extends through your transition from acute inpatient rehabilitation to home. Your home medications and their potential side effects will be carefully explained. We will help you update or develop your personal medical profile. If after discharge you need assistive devices like a cane or wheelchair, we will help you identify providers and costs. If you need continuing therapies, we will provide you with choices that suit your preferences and match your insurance coverage.
We hope your stay at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital is a healing and supportive one. Let us know what we can do to make you comfortable. Our No. 1 priority is to offer you physical, mental, emotional and spiritual care that will help you deal with the rehabilitative challenges that you face. You may receive by mail a survey asking you for feedback on your Mercy Rehab stay. We ask for your feedback so we can continue to strengthen and further refine our patient centered care.