Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get admitted to the Rehabilitation Center?

Referred patients must have a rehabilitation diagnosis related to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, major trauma, cardiac diagnosis, pain, cancer, fractures/surgeries of hips or lower extremities, polyarthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, neurologic diagnosis such as MS, Guillain-Barré, or motor polyneuropathy. A diagnosis of functional decline resulting from a hospital stay is also considered. Chronic pain management programs are also offered. A rehabilitation physician participates in your evaluation before admission and directs your care during your stay. Referred patients must require 24/7 rehab nursing care and one other therapy which may include physical and/or occupational therapy. Each referral is considered by a screening committee which reviews information such as diagnosis, medical status, potential for functional improvement, discharge plan and funding approval.

What is expected of me as a rehabilitation patient?

You must be willing and able to participate in therapy and able to understand and follow instructions. You must be able to actively participate in your treatment plan. You must be able to tolerate close to three hours of therapy, at least five (5) out of seven (7) days of the week. Therapy and nursing goals will be established and may include transfer and walking (gait) training, improvement of self-care activities, strengthening and improvement of endurance, and pain management. There must be a reasonable expectation that you can meet the established goals.

How long will I be a patient?

After your admission, the rehab team will determine your length of stay. Then, on a weekly basis, the team will discuss your progress and goals to determine if any adjustments need to be made. A discharge plan will be created with the ideal discharge destination being your home. Temporary arrangements with family are acceptable and occasionally, placement to another facility is necessary.

What kind of clothes and personal items will I need?

As a fundamental part of your rehabilitation program you will be dressing yourself in your own clothes each day. Please bring a week’s worth of loose-fitting clothing and a pair of soft-soled shoes/tennis shoes.

Can my family and friends visit?

We encourage visitation weekdays between the hours of 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and on weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

You will be busy with therapy sessions at other times. For the safety of both patients and visitors, children under 12 years of age must be supervised by an adult and approved by the charge nurse / nurse for visitation; children may not be left unattended. Children will not be permitted to visit patients in isolation or at high risk for infection unless authorized by the nurse manager, charge nurse or house supervisor. Visitation is preferred in common areas such as the Rehabilitation Center lobby, 2nd floor deck of the Rehabilitation Center or outside by the waterfront. Visitors to the Rehabilitation Center may park in the garage located on the campus of Tampa General Hospital. Visitors may park at the entrance to the Rehabilitation Center building only when loading or unloading patients.