Referral process for inpatient rehabilitative services
For inpatients, you will be referred to us by your physician, or by the facility providing your medical, emergency or surgical care. The referring facility physician or staff will contact our Rehabilitation Referral Coordinator to describe your medical condition, rehabilitative needs, and recovery goals. The Referral Coordinator meets with our providers to decide if Mt. Ascutney Hospital's Rehabilitation Center is right for you.
For accepted patients, the Referral Coordinator will confirm the date, time and acute rehabilitation or swing program you will be admitted to, and the physician who will oversee your care.
We accept most major insurance plans, and we will review your coverage prior to admission. In the event your insurance coverage is not able to cover 100% of the costs, financial assistance may be arranged, and you can ask to meet with your customer service representative. We always recommend that individuals also check their insurance coverage for themselves.
What to expect during your stay
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.