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Inpatient Rehabilitation 

Inpatient rehabilitation helps people who have experienced a major injury, disorder or illness return to everyday living. 
Inpatient rehabilitation programs focus on a multitude of patient goals, such as regaining the ability to walk after an amputation, talking after a stroke or being able to safely take daily medications after a serious illness. Rehabilitation can help retrain a person in the activities of daily living or may be used to help him or her regain their independence through mobility. 

Who Gets Referred to Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs? 

The types of patients referred to inpatient rehabilitation programs typically include those with a diagnosis of: 

  • Stroke 
  • A neurological disorder 
  • A brain injury 
  • A spinal cord disorder/injury 
  • An amputation 
  • Multiple injuries due to trauma 
  • Certain orthopedic conditions, such as joint replacements 
  • Burns 

What to Expect With Inpatient Rehabilitation 

Comprehensive rehabilitative care is provided by a team of professionals that can include physiatrists, rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, recreational therapists, registered dieticians, care coordinators and social workers. This team works together with the patient and his or her family to develop a program of care that maximizes the patient’s functional abilities. 

Inpatient services can include: 

  • Physical therapy 
  • Wheelchair evaluations 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Speech therapy for speech, dysphagia and cognitive rehab 
  • Therapeutic recreation 
  • Psychology for adjustment to injury, family counseling and sexuality counseling 
  • Neuropsychological testing 
  • Rehabilitation nursing 
  • Multiple medical specialties/medical consultative services 
  • Radiology/diagnostic imaging 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Audiology 
  • Pastoral care/chaplaincy services 
  • Dialysis 
  • Medical nutrition therapy 
  • Ostomy/wound care 
  • Respiratory therapy 
  • Spasticity management 
  • Total parenteral nutrition 
  • Financial counseling 

Inpatient Rehabilitation Effectiveness and Discharge Criteria 

Inpatient rehabilitation is effective for many individuals. Discharge/transition criteria outline that: 

  • The patient has met all goals set in collaboration with the rehab team. 
  • The patient is not showing any measurable gains. 
  • The patient is not complying with expectations laid out in a behavioral contract. 
  • The patient is not medically stable for continued participation in a rehab program. May require admission to the hospital. 

Tampa General Hospital Rehabilitation Center’s acute inpatient rehabilitation program provides comprehensive rehabilitative care for both adult and pediatric patients. On average, patients stay in the inpatient rehabilitation program for 15 days with the goal of returning home.