Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of therapy will I need each day?

A physical therapist will evaluate your current status, and together you and your therapist will create a therapy plan that includes three things:

  1. Type of therapy (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy)
  2. Goals of therapy
  3. Length of time in therapy

The therapy plan will be designed to discharge you home at your highest functional level. You will need to demonstrate progress toward the goals of the therapy plan. So please make sure to participate every day in therapy. Several patients request Sunday be a day of rest. This is your option; if you prefer therapy on Sunday, you will receive therapy 7 days a week.

Why should I choose Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center over other rehabilitation facilities in the area?

The number one reason to choose Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center is because it is rated a five-star facility by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This rating is determined by the quality of care provided at the facility and the outcomes achieved with patients. Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center has maintained a five-star facility rating for several years. Additionally, at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, you will find a team of dedicated professionals committed to delivering personalized care tailored to your specific rehabilitation needs. There is a representative in admissions 7 days a week to admit patients.

Specialized programs include:

  • Orthopedic rehabilitation including joint replacement and amputation recovery
  • Cardiac rehabilitation (heart failure)
  • Respiratory rehabilitation (COPD)
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Dysphagia (swallowing dysfunction to include VitalStim® treatment)
  • Surgical recovery including gastrointestinal
  • Motor vehicle accident recovery
  • Complex wound care
  • General complex medical management including diabetes
  • Dialysis Care – Hemodialysis services coordinated at dialysis site; peritoneal dialysis provided at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center

Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center is Medicare and Medicaid certified and licensed by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (FHCA) as a Skilled Nursing Facility. Our care team maintains consistent compliance with regulations evidenced by our annual FHCA survey for compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations, Life Safety Code and state Skilled Nursing Facility regulations.

Will I use all of my Medicare days by coming to Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center?

Your Medicare or managed care days are based on your progress. Working toward achieving your therapy goals is the number one priority. At Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, there is typically an average stay of 20 days. Your length of stay will always be based on medical necessity, not the number of Medicare days available.

What are the rooms like?

Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center has 56 semi-private rooms and eight private rooms. Each patient has his or her own individual television with cable TV, individual phones with direct numbers, and private bathrooms. Private rooms are designated for patients with medical necessities that require isolation.

Who will be my physician?

If your primary care physician follows your progress here at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, there is no need to transfer your care to another physician. Should your primary care physician not come to Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, we have a Medical Director who will be happy to coordinate your care. Your physician will probably not see you every day unless it is medically necessary since you are on the road to recovery. However, the nurses are in regular contact with your physician 24/7. Starting at 7pm until 7am, the Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center nurses have access to an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who can write medical orders to support your care using a telehealth service called e-SNF.

What are the visiting hours?

Visiting hours are from 10am-8pm for the general public. Family members may visit any time as long as it is not disruptive to other patients. At night, visitors may access the facility by ringing the bell located at the front entrance.

What about transportation?

Transportation from the hospital to Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center will be arranged by the hospital social worker. Family members will need to provide transportation to all outside appointments such as follow-up physician appointments, chemotherapy or radiation, or dialysis. We recommend you apply for the PSTA DART Program (wheelchair and ambulatory transportation service within Pinellas County) during your stay to support your transportation needs. Should you need assistance with transportation, we have social services to help with arrangements with a wheelchair transport company (patient responsible for fee).

What personal items should I bring?

We recommend that patients wear comfortable, everyday clothes that allow easy movement while in therapy. Suggestions would be comfortable pants or shorts, button-up shirts, sweatpants or house dresses. Patients should bring undergarments and also shoes with rubber soles. Patients can wear their own pajamas, but Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center can supply a hospital gown, if needed.

Toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, denture cleaner, deodorant and body wash will be provided. Patients may bring their own shampoo and toiletries. A cup will be provided for dentures and hearing aids if you do not bring your own. Make sure to store dentures and hearing aids properly. When not in use, do not wrap dentures or hearing aids in a tissue and leave outside the container.

Please leave personal items such as jewelry, money, credit cards and checkbooks at home.

What can you tell me about your nursing care?

Nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by RNs, LPNs and CNAs. A nursing supervisor is on duty at all times for your assistance. The nursing supervisor carries a mobile phone so you can always reach her day or night if needed by using your bedside phone. We will make every effort to meet your needs in a timely manner. To assist us, please do not wait until the last minute to use your call light for assistance, especially if you are having pain and need assistance to the bathroom.

What services do social workers and case managers offer?

Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center care plan meetings are scheduled with your case manager, therapist, social worker, dietitian and nursing staff as needed to discuss patient progress and discharge needs. These meetings can be scheduled as needed by contacting your case manager.

A well-planned, coordinated discharge is key to your successful return home. Your case manager will also serve as your discharge planner and will assist you in this process. On discharge day, we ask that patients and families schedule departure time by 10am.

We will provide each patient with durable medical equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs during their stay. Our discharge coordinator will assist with arrangement for home health care and equipment needs upon discharge.

A BayCare HomeCare staff member is located at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center and is available to assist with discharge needs.

Is there a dietitian available?

Our registered dietitian will assess the nutritional adequacy of your diet and create a nutritional plan based on your needs. She is also available to you for any dietary education. Adequate nutritional intake is very important to your healing and recovery.

What if I need wound care?

A team of specially trained nurses will work to treat wounds, incision lines and skin preparations to prevent skin breakdown.

Do you provide dialysis services?

If you are receiving peritoneal dialysis, you are required to provide your own cycler, fluid and supplies. If your dialysis is scheduled at an outpatient center you will need to notify us of times and transportation.

How do I find out billing information?

Business office personnel are available to meet with your or your family to discuss billing procedures, insurance questions and payment requirements.

Does a physician have to refer me?

Yes. A physician or discharge planner must refer you. This allows us to know all of your medical issues and medications so we can make the best rehabilitation plan for you. The Admissions Office can answer any questions you have about referrals, admission and insurance. Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center’s Admission Office is open 7 days a week, and the facility admits patients 7 days a week/24 hours a day.

Can rehabilitation help control pain?

Yes, the rehabilitation process should help with your pain, and you can help with your pain. Most likely your physician has written an order for you to have a pain medication. Most of these pain medications are not scheduled, meaning they will not be administered to you automatically. You need to request a pain medication when you feel you need one. This is how you can help your pain, especially if you request a pain medication from your nurse prior to your pain reaching a high level. Use your call light to tell the nurse you need a pain medication. As you move your body and muscles, your pain should also diminish over time. Sometimes listening to music, performing relaxation techniques or participating in an activity can also reduce your pain.

How is my treatment plan decided?

Your rehabilitation and skilled nursing plan is determined by you and your therapist, nurse and case manager. Knowing what goals you want to accomplish while in the rehabilitation setting will be very important. Together, with your input and that of the interdisciplinary team members, a plan of care will be designed to meet your needs. Meeting those goals will be discussed with you throughout your stay. At any time if you or your family member has a question, we are here to answer them. Together we will work toward getting you back to your highest level of function.

I have been told I need an amputation – can Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center help?

Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center can help patients before, during and after an amputation. Our amputee rehabilitation program is specialized to fit each patient’s specific needs. The program includes:

  • Transfer assistance
  • Walking/prosthesis assistance
  • Skin care
  • Prosthesis care
  • Lessons for adapting to everyday activities, like dressing and cooking
  • Patient and family education
  • Confidence building

If I am feeling down, can I speak with someone?

Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center provides a full set of services related to counseling and psychological health. Every week a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychologist see patients following an order from your physician. By request you may also see a member and/or psychological team. Most insurances will cover this service. We also have a Chaplain Program. If you would prefer your clergy to visit you, we will call them.