Inpatient Rehabilitation

Why Choose Inpatient Rehabilitation?

Inpatient rehabilitation, through the RehabCentre's at the Medical Centers in Alpena and Gratiot, helps people who have experienced the debilitating effects of an acute injury, impairment, or illness. The goal is to help each individual function as independently as possible through specialized treatment programs for conditions including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, neurological conditions, amputation, and trauma. 

Our rehabilitation program was designed by experienced rehabilitation experts. Your rehabilitation team has been trained to understand your individual situation and goals. Your team will work with you and other healthcare professionals involved in your care to develop a specialized plan to maximize your comfort and recovery. Your program will include: 

  • A dedicated, experienced team of doctors, nurses, and therapists
  • The latest in treatment technology
  • A dedicated physical rehabilitation unit
  • Programs to help you smoothly transition back home or to your next level of care
  • Living quarters arranged to be similar to your home environment
  • Education and training for patients and family members 

Acute inpatient rehabilitation means you will be cared for by a team that understands your individual situation and is dedicated to helping you recover. In fact, patients treated with inpatient rehabilitation have been shown to receive a higher level of care and achieve better results versus other types of rehabilitation programs. For example:

  • Inpatient rehab patients go home sooner
  • They have greater success walking independently again
  • They receive more doctor and nurse time and attention, including regular visits by their doctor
  • They have lower rates of readmission to the hospital during or after treatment 

When you choose inpatient rehabilitation you will be cared for by a team that understands your individual situation and shares the same goals you do – getting you home as healthy, safely, and as quickly as possible.

Types of Patients We Treat

While our patients have a wide variety of diagnoses, ranging from neurologic conditions such as stroke and Parkinson's to pulmonary conditions such as COPD, our inpatient rehabilitation unit stands out as an excellent treatment option because we create a custom rehabilitation program based on each patient's condition and goals. 

Outline of a person showing the different types/locations of rehabilitation we treat (head to foot).You may be a good candidate for admission into our inpatient rehabilitation program if you have had a decrease in your ability to function in your normal environment and you have experienced any of the the following:

  • Brain injury
  • Cardiovascular or pulmonary issues
  • Hip or femur fractures
  • Lower extremity amputation
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Neurological conditions such as motor neuron diseases, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, myopathy, Parkinson’s disease, polyneuropathy
  • Stroke
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Other medical and debilitating conditions 

Additional rehab services include:

  • Big and Loud (Parkinson's) therapy
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech/language therapy 

Additional pain services include:

  • Chronic pain of the joints, neck, back
  • Headaches
  • Pain related to trauma, cancer, other
  • Physical and psychological assessments
  • Post-operative pain 

Your individual situation requires a treatment plan designed just for you. If you have been diagnosed with any of the conditions listed above, inpatient rehabilitation may be the best option for you to reach your goals and return home as soon as possible.

Will Health Insurance Cover My Stay?

Our program accepts most major health insurance carriers, including Medicare. In some cases, payment may be available through Workers’ Compensation. Our team of insurance experts will help you confirm your coverage and will work with your insurance provider to find out if it covers inpatient rehabilitation services.

What to Expect

Upon your arrival, we'll assist you in getting settled into your room and becoming familiar with all aspects of our inpatient rehabilitation program. After that, you may be asked to participate in a series of evaluations to help us get more familiar with you and your specific needs. These assessments will be an important part of putting together your personal goals and treatment plan and getting you started on your road to recovery. 

Most patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy each day for at least five days a week. Therapy takes place in individual and group settings, and sessions are scheduled for various times throughout the day. We encourage your loved ones to be part of your rehabilitation program, and to offer encouragement and observe therapy sessions. With your permission, family members are also welcome to speak with staff and ask any questions they may have about your progress.

Outcomes and Expectations

Throughout the patient's stay, the staff will use the Functional Independence Measure as a tool to determine progress in basic skills needed to live at home. Patients are usually discharged when they attain their goals, allowing them to manage safely in the home or in another community setting. About 80 percent of patients return home or to a community setting.

The length of stay varies with each patient’s condition and needs. It usually ranges from 5 to 26 days, with an average length of stay of about 11 days.

Discharge and Follow-up

Discharge planning includes a careful evaluation of the environment where the patient will be living. Our staff can visit the home and assess a variety of issues ranging from stairs and bathroom facilities to the patient's diet to caregiver abilities. We will then recommend a plan for continuing care, recovery and daily living. We can also provide referrals for assistive devices or equipment, if needed.

If your doctor recommends continuing therapy after discharge, we offer many programs on an outpatient and in-home basis. 

If going home is not an option, our discharge planners can help you select a long-term care facility that meets patient and caregiver needs.

Your Care Team

You'll have a specialized care team of rehab experts who meet regularly to discuss your progress, plan your therapy sessions, and help you reach your goals. The team includes: 

  • A Specialized Physician
    Your physician has specific experience in rehabilitation medicine and will coordinate your overall treatment program. You will have regular access to him or her. 
  • Physical Therapist
    Your physical therapist will coach you through exercises designed to help improve your balance, strength, and endurance. Physical therapists will also work with you to decrease pain and improve range of motion, mobility, and functional skills. 
  • Occupational Therapist
    Your occupational therapist will help you become more independent by teaching you new ways to perform daily tasks, including bathing, dressing, eating, and preparing food, so that we can help you return to a more normal daily routine. 
  • Speech-Language Therapist
    Your speech therapist will help you work on your communication, memory, hearing, and problem-solving skills. If you have difficulty swallowing, the speech therapist will also address this. 
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
    A team of rehabilitation nurses will work together to provide around-the-clock personal care. They're also an excellent resource of information for you and your family during your stay with us. 
  • Case Manager/Social Worker/Discharge Planner
    Your case manager and/or social worker and/or discharge planner (varies by facility) will work together to help you find the services you need, create plans for your treatment and recovery, and help you complete a safe transition from the inpatient therapy program to home.

Accreditations

These programs are accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission.

Focused on Excellence

We want our patients to achieve the best possible recovery. That means ensuring our patients have positive experiences as well as positive outcomes, as measured against national benchmarks in key therapy areas such as length of stay, discharge to community, and functional improvement. Because we are part of a leading national rehab provider, we are also able to harness a breadth of resources internally to compare outcomes and quality between facilities and programs and share best practices in an effort to always be on the leading edge of patient care.

Admission and Referral Information

MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena
(989) 356-7731

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot
(989) 466-3382

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