FAQ

How is inpatient rehabilitation different from a skilled nursing facility?

The differences between inpatient rehabilitation and a skilled nursing facility are the level of medical care, the coordination of care, and the intensity of rehab therapies offered. Patients in an inpatient rehabilitation facility are seen by the physicians daily, the nurse to patient ratio is the same as in the acute care hospital, and each patient has a weekly meeting to set goals and plan for the return home.

Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation is a state-of-the-art center specializing in exactly the kind of care seriously injured patients need before returning to daily life and is located right here in the Daytona Beach area. This program is evidence of our commitment to bringing a whole new range of customized treatment programs to our local community.

If physical therapy is needed, an encouraging and passionate team of clinicians, therapists and nurses will help you challenge yourself and accelerate your path back to good health, benefiting from hours of training on the finest fitness equipment everyday.

For more complex rehab, we provide leading-edge technologies like the bio-feedback program, which enables you to watch a computer screen and play a game as you create new brain pathways at the same time.

Regardless of your specific needs, you can rest assured that an entire team of specialists will work together to create a care plan that caters to your goals and your needs, so that you can get back to what you love most as quickly as possible.

What is Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation?

› A short term inpatient rehabilitation facility with a focused approach on therapy resulting in
faster recovery and discharge.
› Therapy, nursing and medical services that are tailored to meet the needs of each patient.
› Your therapy program may consist of physical, occupational, cognitive and/or speech therapy;
psychology, and neuropsychology.
› Your team will include: physicians, who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation,
speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, nurses,
psychologists, cognitive therapists, dietitians, chaplains, case managers and more.

What will my day be like?

› Each patient has an individualized, planned pathway to recovery.
› Patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy a day.
› Generally, therapy treatments begin after breakfast and continues to lunch, Monday through Friday.
› Afternoon therapy treatment continues until approximately 4:00 pm.
› During evenings and on the weekends, patients have time for resting, visiting with friends
and family, watching TV, reading, etc.

Why a minimum of three hours of therapy a day?

› Insurance requires three hours of therapy a day Monday through Friday.
› Medicare counts your day of admission as your first day of therapy even though you are not
evaluated until the next day. Those three hours will be made up within your first weekend.
› We understand that it may be difficult for you to engage in this amount of therapy for various
reasons. Your therapist will work with you to achieve three hours of therapy a day by:
– Focusing on easier tasks
– Focusing on education
– More rest breaks
– Staggered therapy schedule to allow time to rest in-between appointments

Will I receive therapy during the weekend?

› Most of the therapy time is during weekdays. Your clinical team may prescribe an independent
program for the weekend.
› We also encourage resting time during the weekend.
› This is a great time for friends and family to visit or enjoy leisure therapeutic activities such as
recreational or music therapy.
› You can practice the skills you have learned during the week, however all therapy must be
supervised and equipment can only be used during scheduled therapy times.

What should I bring with me?

› Patients are advised to bring a list of their medications, but please do not bring medications
from home, unless otherwise requested.
– This policy assures safety for all patients due to possible incompatibility of certain
medications, vitamins and supplements
› Dentures with adhesive, hearing aids with batteries, eyeglasses or contact lenses; if needed.
› Patients are encouraged to bring personal items such as pictures, reading materials, leisure time
items, laptop computers, iPod or MP3 players and/or portable CD/DVD players.
– All electrical items must be cleared by the Maintenance Department
– Rooms are equipped with televisions and clocks
› 3 to 5 outfits, depending on the frequency of family assistance with laundry.
› Sweatpants or shorts, t-shirt, sweater or jacket, shoes (closed heels and rubber soles),
undergarments, and belts.
› Patients do not need to bring any equipment such as walkers, canes or wheelchairs. We will
provide for any specialized needs the patient may have while in our care.

What are the visiting hours?

› Family and friends who will be providing care to you after discharge are highly encouraged to
attend and participate in therapy sessions throughout your stay for family training and
education. This is the best way to prepare you for discharge.
› For those visitors who will not be a caregiver following discharge, we encourage you to visit
between 3:30 and 8:00 pm, to avoid interrupting therapy schedules. Children are welcome to
visit but must be under adult supervision at all times.
› Due to the dietary restrictions of many of our patients, please check with nursing staff before
bringing outside food into the hospital.
› Guests can park in the many lots that are reserved for visitors. Courtesy carts driven by
dedicated volunteers are available most days, Monday through Friday, to provide transportation
to and from the parking areas to the main entrance.

Can my family stay with me overnight?

› Yes, this is generally arranged prior to admission through the nurse liaison.
– One guest over 18 years old who will be a primary caregiver, able to care for themselves
and participate in learning patient care
– Overnight visitors will be issued an “Overnight Visitor” badge
– Fold out sofas are available in most rooms for their convenience and comfort

When are meals served?

› Meals are served in your room or scheduled with therapists and served in day rooms
or the therapy gym.
› Traditional meal times are 7:30 am, 12:15 pm and 5:00 pm.
› Food and drinks from home may be allowed. Please check with your nurse and speech
therapist for restrictions.
› Nursing aids collect meal selections as circled on your ticket. Meals are ordered one day in advance.
Standard meals come the first two days of your rehabilitation stay.
› Pantry items are available for patients to prepare in their rooms.

When will I find out my discharge date?

› You will know your anticipated discharge date after your first team conference.
› Your discharge date can change if circumstances or progress changes.

What if I need medical equipment after I am discharged?

› Your primary physical therapist and occupational therapist will coordinate any medical equipment you
may need upon discharge.
› It is easier to cancel equipment not needed at discharge rather than order it last minute.
› Our Durable Medical Equipment Coordinator, your therapists, case manager or the DME company will
let you know if there are any out of pocket costs which must be paid at time of delivery. (Credit card
payments can be coordinated with DME company over the phone).
› Typically equipment is delivered to your room the day before discharge. Medicare does not allow
equipment to be delivered any earlier than two days prior to discharge.

What are the expectations of caregivers?

› Caregivers are expected to attend and encouraged to participate in patient care. Some tasks will
require caregiver training first.
› The earlier caregiver training begins, the better prepared they will be at the time of discharge.
› The goal is to ensure everyone is well prepared for a safe and smooth discharge.

How can I maximize my time at Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation?

› Give 100 percent effort during therapy.
› Be an active participant in setting your goals.
› Ask questions and know why you are doing what you are doing.
› Work with your therapists and nurses. Be open to trying different techniques if you
are tired and not feeling well.
› Give feedback.
› Eat a balanced diet and follow restrictions if applicable.
› Drink plenty of fluids.
› Rest when not in therapy.
› Encourage caregivers to participate in your care throughout your stay.
› Utilize your workbook.

Can my service dog stay with me?

› If appropriate paperwork is provided service dogs are permitted.
› You are responsible for the care of your service dog while in the Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation.

Am I allowed to leave the Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation with a caregiver?

› Upon approval from your physician, you are permitted to visit other designated areas of the hospital.
› Before leaving the unit you will be required to sign out at the nursing secretary’s desk so that
physicians and staff know where to find you if needed.