Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

What to Expect

The Daily Program

The day will begin with breakfast served in your room. However, if you require special attention at meals, breakfast will be served in the rehabilitation dining room. Lunch and dinner are served in the dining room. If you have particular preferences or dislikes concerning your meals, or if you require a special diet, Nutrition Services will be notified.

Patients in the Rehabilitation Unit are up and dressed in street clothes during the day. Your individual program will consist of up to five hours of therapy each day, depending upon your specific medical needs. You should bring several changes of clothing, shoes with rubber soles, personal toiletries and small remembrances of home. We do not recommend bringing large sums of money or valuables.

Team Conference is a weekly meeting during which the entire rehabilitation team meets to discuss each patient's progress and, if necessary, develop new goals. These goals are developed in collaboration with you and your family in order to achieve a smooth recovery. The team meets daily to re-evaluate and modify plans as needed.

Family Meetings may occur at the end of the evaluation period. You, your family members or friends and your primary rehabilitation team attend these meetings. During these meetings your personal rehabilitation plan and target discharge date are reviewed.

The rehabilitation process includes the ongoing education of family and friends who are all vital participants in your care. Family/friends are invited to participate throughout your stay and to attend some therapies with you to better understand your capabilities. They will be taught how and when to assist you while encouraging your independence.

If you are newly disabled, therapy groups may be utilized to develop strategies for your care. These strategies include memory, relaxation, education about disabilities, life skills and exercise.

Peer Counseling is designed to aid a newly disabled person in his/her emotional recovery. The patient is given the opportunity to meet with a person who has suffered a similar disability.

Your family pet is welcome at our facility to provide additional companionship and comfort to you during your stay. Staff must be notified if a pet is scheduled to visit. To insure the safety of others, it is important that your pet be socialized, friendly and under the control of a friend or family member at all times.

Home Evaluations are sometimes scheduled prior to your discharge. This is for the purpose of assisting you and your family in adapting your home to improve your independence. Following the evaluation, a list of recommendations, including appropriate equipment, is provided to improve the accessibility of your home.

Community Outings are planned to teach patients with disabilities how to get around in the community. After becoming disabled, many people are afraid to do the everyday things they did before, such as shopping, eating in a restaurant or attending a community activity. Community outings can help reduce those fears.

Day Passes for outings with family and friends may be scheduled as you become more independent and as discharge approaches, so that you can practice skills in a less structured setting. This gives you and your family an opportunity to practice your new adaptive skills prior to your discharge from the program.