Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
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Sister Kenny Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is one of the leading providers of comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation for people who have experienced injury, pain or disease.
Our patient outcomes and satisfaction often exceed national averages.
Both units have earned accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This means they have met the highest industry standards for quality care and service.
Making lives work
Our goal is for every patient to leave Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute having achieved as much independence as possible – to do as much as they can physically and mentally, to stay connected to family and friends, and to continue to progress toward their personal best.
When you need rehabilitation after an illness or injury, a care team will help you reach your goals and regain skills. This can make you better able to participate in previous life roles, such as driving, parenting, socializing or working.
The therapy program
Together with the patient and family, our care team formulates a rehab plan designed for each patient to reach the highest level of performance and accomplish what he or she hopes to achieve by the time of discharge. The patient's length of stay is individualized based on the need of the patient.
Our inpatient program is well-coordinated and follows a transdisciplinary rehabilitation team approach to care. The Institute provides a healing environment that optimizes recovery. Patients receive a daily therapy schedule that is customized to their needs.
Generally, patients receive six 30-minute sessions each day, which may include speech, occupational, physical and recreational therapy, and counseling or neuropsychological sessions. The team's treatment plan continues during the weekend.
Our care team provides a wide variety of services, including:
We also offer a variety of specialty services and programs, including respiratory therapy, dietary, spiritual care, community, school or vocational re-entry.
Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals have the full scope of medical, diagnostic, laboratory and pharmacy services available on site. Doctors respond to emergencies within the hospital and Sister Kenny 24 hours a day.
When patients are ready to take the next step in their therapy, they are encouraged to use "home passes," participate in day outings with their families, or stay in the apartment on the unit. These are opportunities to practice new skills and to discover possible issues before discharge.
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute remains on the cutting edge of advanced rehabilitation technologies. The rehabilitation units feature:
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program accepts patients from the age of
Children may be considered at each location on a case-by-case basis and accepted with the approval of the physician-in-chief.
We provide services to patients who suffer activity or participation limitations due to the following CMS defined impairment groups:
The number served per year is in accordance with the CMS 60 percent rule. Patients served in the rehabilitation units may demonstrate limitations in any two or more of the following areas:
Patients may have participation restrictions making it difficult for them to return to their previous family, community, or social roles. Examples of participation restrictions might include having difficulty taking one's previous role in the family (e.g. parent-role), being employed, participating in community activities or obtaining a driver's license, to name just a few.
Admissions and referral
We accept referrals from doctors, social workers, nurses, therapists, discharge planners, insurers, case managers, patients and family members.
Criteria for admission
Upon receiving a referral for Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at United or Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a staff physiatrist (a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation), nurse practitioner, or an access and referral team member will assess the patient's ability to perform everyday activities, identify their rehabilitation needs and determine if inpatient rehabilitation is appropriate.
Things taken into consideration include:
See full list of criteria used to determine admission to Sister Kenny's inpatient rehabilitation program.
If it is determined that a patient would benefit from an inpatient rehabilitation course, admission to Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is arranged.
Make a referral
One of our nurse liaisons can arrange an evaluation to determine if your patient is appropriate for admission to the rehabilitation unit. They can also arrange for a tour or obtain insurance authorization.
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute accepts various funding sources including but not limited to private insurance, worker's compensation, self-pay, HMO/PPO, Medicare, in-state Medicaid, out-of-state Medicaid, and CHAMPUS.
Sister Kenny also accepts patients with no funding but will assist with application for uncompensated care as available for individuals who are uninsured and cannot afford to pay.
The rehabilitation programs at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute do not discriminate towards individuals of varying race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual preference and strive to understand and be sensitive to these characteristics and to patient preferences.
Recommendations from weekly meetings are shared with you and your family. With your input, a plan is determined for your successful return to your home or community.
The average length of stay for patients receiving inpatient care from Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is 14 days.
The decision to discharge a patient is based on each person's individual condition and goals in relation to meeting specific criteria.
Most patients continue with their rehabilitation after discharge from the inpatient unit. Your rehabilitation team may recommend home-based therapy, outpatient therapy, or admission to a nursing home. Your social worker or care navigator will help arrange recommended services for you.
A patient will be discharged Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute when:
Continued stay criteria
Each of the following conditions must be met in order to justify a continued stay in an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF):
Family members are encouraged to accompany the patient upon admission to receive an orientation to the rehab unit. Education and therapy information sessions are available for family members who will be involved in managing the patient's care after discharge.
Family support services
Family members play an important role in patients' recovery. They also may be affected by the patient's condition. To make sure this is a smooth transition as possible, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides services for family support systems, including:
The programs seek to keep patients, families and significant others informed of local and regional support groups, advocacy agencies, and community resources. Assistance is provided to access these resources as needed.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! We encourage you and/or your family to come tour the unit at any point prior to or upon admission. We would be happy to discuss our program and services with you as well as introduce you to the team members, if available. To arrange for a tour of our Rehabilitation Unit, call the Admissions Office at 612-863-4457.
Therapy days are Monday through Saturday, and Sundays, as necessary. Weekend therapies are based on the individual needs and goals of each patient. Typical treatment schedules run between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Family and other caregivers are welcome to visit throughout the day, and in most cases, are welcome to participate in or observe your therapy/treatment sessions (as long as it is okay with you and your therapist). General visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Because therapy schedules vary, please encourage friends and family members to call West-2300, 612-863-4023 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital or the nursing unit, 651-241-5580 at United Hospital to determine if you will be available at a specific time before visiting.
On the Rehabilitation Unit, each patient will receive at least three hours of therapy in some combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. This will occur five to six days each week. In addition, you may participate in therapeutic recreation activities.
A copy of your next day's therapy schedule will be provided to you each evening.
The length of time you will remain in the rehabilitation program depends on your injury or illness and on the goals that were set by you and your team. Your progress toward these goals will be reviewed by the team on a weekly basis. Your care navigator will meet with you each week to review your goals, your progress and any additional concerns or issues you might have. He/she will also keep you informed of a recommended discharge date and will discuss this with you.
Family conferences can be scheduled whenever they are needed or are requested by you or your family. Your family members and other important people in your life are welcome to attend. The treatment team will address any questions or concerns you might have. Please don't feel that you must wait for this conference in order to have your questions or concerns addressed. Feel free to communicate your needs to us anytime throughout your stay in this program.
In addition, at this patient/family conference the treatment team will provide you with a summary of your progress and give you recommendations for furthering your recovery after discharge. Please talk to your social worker or care navigator if you have any questions regarding patient/family conferences.
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is not responsible for lost or stolen cash or other valuables. Please have no more than $5 at your bedside.
As previously stated, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is not responsible for any lost or stolen cash or other valuables. We encourage you to leave your valuables, including jewelry, at home or with relatives. You will be responsible for any valuables you bring with you. Please talk to your nurse if you have items you need to have locked in the hospital safe.
Dress casually and comfortably. Wear loose-fitting clothing for physical therapy.
Family members are asked to wash the patient's laundry. If needed, laundry facilities are available on the unit.
Bring the following personal hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/brush, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, make-up, electric razor.
If you use any equipment or corrective devices, make sure that you bring those, as well. This may include: dentures, eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, braces/splints, communication devices, corsets, canes, wheelchair, walker, etc.
Oftentimes, swallowing problems occur as a result of neurological injury (e.g., stroke or brain injury) or as part of a neurological disease (e.g., MS, Parkinson's, ALS, etc.). It will be important for you to adhere to whatever diet is recommended by your nurse, dietician, and/or speech pathologist so that you can avoid potentially dangerous complications, such as choking or aspiration pneumonia (caused by food or liquid entering the lungs). Your family should check with nursing before bringing any food or liquids into your room.
Smoking is not allowed on the hospital campuses. Thank you for not smoking. Please discuss smoking cessation with your nurse.
The use of alcohol, marijuana, and other non-prescribed drugs or illicit substances is prohibited at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The use of these substances can stop or slow your natural healing process and could interact negatively with prescribed medications.
Also, alcohol and substance use decrease your judgment and coordination, making you more likely to have a re-injury. Consult with your physician prior to consuming any alcohol, over-the-counter medications, or other non-prescribed drugs or medications.
Interpreters will be arranged for as needed. Our staff makes every effort to be sensitive to the needs and preferences of other cultures. Related to this, cultural preferences related to religious, nutritional and other choices are honored.