Frequently Asked Questions
What is acute inpatient rehabilitation?
It is an intensive inpatient program designed to help people who have experienced a major injury, a disorder or illness to regain the skills needed to return to the community.
How many hours of therapy will I need each day?
Patients are expected to participate in three to five hours of therapy each day, and therapy needs are individually tailored based on diagnosis and medical condition. Mornings may begin with occupational therapy, which give assistance to activities of daily living (e.g., grooming, dressing, etc.). You will then participate in one or more of the following: physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and/or speech therapy.
Why should I choose the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital over other rehabilitation facilities in the area?
The Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our 30-bed unit is the only CARF-accredited facility in Pasco and Hernando counties. Additionally, Morton Plant North Bay is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. These designations mean our rehabilitation care protocols, including those for stroke victims, are among the best in the country.
Will I use all my Medicare days by coming to the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital?
Our staff works to keep patients within their allowable Medicare benefits. At the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital there is typically an average stay of 12.9 days. Your length of stay will always be based on medical necessity, not the number of Medicare days available.
Can your facility handle my complex medical problems?
The Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital is licensed as a hospital. Each patient is seen five days a week by a physiatrist (doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine). In addition, these physiatrists work closely with your own primary care physician and specialists to optimize your care. Our nursing staff consists of nurses specially trained in rehabilitation. Our therapy staff has a great deal of specialized training and experience in acute rehabilitation. We also have a social services team member to help with discharge planning.
How does the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital differ from a skilled nursing facility?
The Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital is an acute inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF). Stays in an IRF are meant to be short term, meaning a stay of less than 25 days. In contrast, skilled nursing facilities are generally for persons requiring longer stays. Additionally, when you are admitted into an IRF, there is an expectation that you will be returning to your home or assisted living facility and not to a skilled nursing facility or other non-community-based setting. Skilled nursing facilities admit persons at various levels of abilities; IRFs admit persons who can actively participate in their rehabilitation program a minimum of three hours per day, five days per week or have the potential to achieve this level of participation within a few days of being admitted.