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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

What to Expect During Your Stay

Daily Therapy
Although you are in the hospital, the Rehabilitation Program is different from other types of hospital stays. You will be up, dressed and active, and your day may include up to five hours of therapy depending on your program level and specific treatment plan. You should bring three to four changes of clothing, shoes with rubber soles, personal toiletries and small remembrances of home. Please do not bring large sums of money or valuables.

Team Meetings
While you are at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, you will be an active participant in rehabilitation team meetings where your progress is reviewed and goals are set for ongoing care. Together, we work to develop a focused plan to guide your treatment. 

Family Meetings
At Mt. Ascutney Hospital, we include your family and friends as vital participants in your care and recovery. Family meetings with you, your family members and friends, and your rehabilitation team may occur both formally and informally throughout your stay to discuss your rehabilitation plan, progress, goals, and target discharge date.

Rehabilitation Therapy Groups
If you are newly injured, you may be involved in therapy groups that are designed to help you learn about and develop strategies for self-care and independence. These groups include education about disabilities and address memory, relaxation, life skills, and exercise.

Peer Counseling/Support Services for Family  
Particularly if you are newly injured, you may meet one-on-one with a person who has a similar disability to gain practical information and emotional support from someone who knows from personal experience what you are going through.

Pet Visits
In many cases, with prior approval, your dog or cat may be able to visit to provide companionship and comfort during your stay. Please ask about our policy.

Transitional Suite
We offer an overnight, homelike studio apartment setting where patients and key family members may stay and practice the skills they necessary for a successful return to normal living. A fully functioning kitchen with refrigerator, stove and microwave is also close to the transitional suite for practicing independence. 

Home Evaluations
As your discharge date approaches, a home evaluation may be scheduled to help you and your family prepare and adapt your home. Following the evaluation, a list of recommendations is provided on how to improve the accessibility of your home to allow for your optimal independence.

Community Outings
After becoming impaired many people are anxious about things such as shopping, eating in a restaurant, or attending community activities. Community outings help reduce those fears by providing education and practice in navigating public settings with a disability. Outings with family and friends also may be scheduled to give everyone an opportunity to practice adaptive skills prior to your discharge.