The Rehabilitation Solution Center schedules appointments for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient medical clinic and outpatient rehabilitation.
TIRR Memorial Hermann Admission Criteria
Patients admitted to an inpatient program:
- Must be medically stable
- Must require daily visits by a rehabilitation physician and 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care
- Must be able to tolerate at least 3 hours of therapy per day
- Must require a multidisciplinary team approach and coordinated program of care
- Must have the physical and/or mental potential to achieve rehabilitation goals in a reasonable amount of time.
- Patients admitted to the BISP, SRP, and SCIP are 13 years of age or older. On occasion, a child younger than 13 years of age may be admitted, at the discretion of the attending physician. Children younger than 13 years of age should weigh at least 50 kg. Children who are ventilator-dependent are not routinely admitted if they are less than 16 years old and are reviewed on a case basis with the attending physician.
What to Look for in a Rehab Hospital
Consider the following questions when researching and visiting rehabilitation hospitals. The staff's responses can be an important factor in deciding which hospital or facility to choose.
You may also use TIRR Memorial Hermann's Criteria Comparison Tool when visiting rehabilitation facilities.
- How many patients are at the rehab center?
- How many patients have a similar injury as you or your loved one (spinal cord, brain injury, stroke, etc.)?
- Are patients with the same conditions grouped into the same units?
- Are there patients in my age group?
- Does the facility offer a specialized program for your injury?
- What are the visiting rules and family participation policies?
- What are the rules regarding therapeutic home visits?
- If home visits are impossible, are there model apartments for patient and family to spend time together before health transition?
- Is the center accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF) or the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)?
- Are there parking and other accommodations for family visits?
- How long will the patient be expected to be there?
Questions to Ask About Physicians and Staff
- Who will be the patient's physician and what is their specialty?
- Is there a doctor at the center at all times?
- How far will the patient be from a hospital?
- How often will the family see the doctor?
- Are there classes for patient and family on special needs?
- Is there someone to help with planning the transfer from the acute care hospital to the rehabilitation facility?
- Is there someone to help with health transition planning?
- How often will the patient receive physical and occupational therapy?
- Are there vocational counselors?
- Are there counselors for drugs and alcohol?
- What special psychological services are offered for patient and family?
Questions About Care After Health Transition
- Does the center have its own outpatient department?
- Is someone responsible for patients receiving follow-up care?
Rehab Hospital Activities and Environment
- Do patients eat in their rooms or with each other?
- Does the center have a planned schedule of activities?
- If visiting, look around to see if the patients are in their beds or involved in an activity.
- Are there social and recreational activities in the evening and on weekends?
Reprinted with permission from the American Paralysis Association.
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