Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation

Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation

The more quickly the rehabilitation process begins, the better the outcome. Our inpatient rehabilitation unit ensures that the process can begin immediately after a patient is released from acute care, ensuring continuity of care.

Since our inpatient unit is located within a Lifespan hospital, a multidisciplinary team provides a higher level of care than is typically offered at other rehabilitation facilities that are not affiliated with an academic health system. We also provide continuity of care with electronic access to your medical record across the Lifespan Health System.  Your care will be overseen by our physiatrists -- physicians who specialize in rehabilitative medicine.

Your medical team may include:
  • Physician specialists
  • Registered nurses
  • Certified nursing assistants
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech language pathologists
  • A social worker
  • A dietitian
  • A neuropsychologist

A care manager will be assisting with discharge planning and post-rehabilitation services.

The programs designed at Vanderbilt Rehabilitation take a team approach to patient care. 

Team Approach

The rehabilitation teams meet weekly to review and plan each patient's treatment plan. Estimated discharge dates and discharge needs for services and equipment are also discussed. The results of this meeting are communicated to patients and caregivers by the case manager.

Family Involvement

We encourage your family to observe and participate in your therapy and care. You will be given a schedule each day, and your family is invited to talk with your nurse about participating in a specific activity.

It is helpful to the team if families identify the primary caregiver as soon as possible, because the primary caregiver might be asked to participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Observing therapies and nursing activities for a full morning or afternoon
  • Hands-on participation with therapists and nurses in:
    • Bed or wheelchair positioning
    • Wheelchair mobility and ambulation
    • Strategies for attention and communication
    • Personal care needs
    • Medication education
    • Home exercise program
  • A community outing or home evaluation to begin transition from the rehabilitation setting, based on your specific needs.