Wake Forest Baptist Inpatient Rehabilitation programs focus on reducing activity limitations and maximizing quality of life for individuals who have experienced life altering injury or illness.
Our team knows that each patient is unique, with specific needs, capabilities and potential. Therefore, each patient's treatment is completely individualized and modified as recovery progresses. Together, the rehabilitation team, which includes the patient and family/caregiver, set goals and work together to achieve these goals.
Our Inpatient Rehabilitation programs are committed to excellence in rehabilitative care, as evidenced by multiple accreditations by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
The most common conditions for patients needing intensive inpatient rehabilitation include, but are not limited to, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, trauma, amputation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.
Working with the patient and family, our interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts prepares an individualized and flexible Plan of Care that guides the rehabilitation journey for each patient. Our ultimate goal is to return each patient to the highest level of independence within their home and community.
Admission Criteria and Referrals
Patients admitted to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program must have realistic rehabilitation goals that reflect the potential for gaining independence or achieving a higher function in self-care activities, speech/language function or cognitive function.
Patients must be responsive to verbal and/or visual stimuli and be able to consistently follow at least one-step commands.
Additionally, a patient must:
- Require and be able to participate in physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy at least 3 hours each day.
- Need more than one type of rehab therapy and have a potential for functional improvement.
- Have a supportive social system and expected, defined discharge destination other than a skilled nursing facility.
- Be medically appropriate for an inpatient hospital environment and have stable vital signs.
- To make a referral, call 336-713-8500 or 888-650-9568.
- Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources including acute care units at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, other acute hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long term acute care facilities, and outpatient clinics.
- Adolescents and adults may be referred by families, physicians, social workers, case managers, nurses or other health care professionals.
- After a referral is made, a team of rehab professionals will work with the patient and family to determine the most appropriate program and setting for rehabilitation services. A nurse evaluator and/or rehabilitation physician will complete a clinical evaluation of the patient's rehab needs.
- Wake Forest Baptist completes a financial clearance process for each patient prior to an Inpatient Rehab admission. Many insurance companies must approve the rehabilitation stay prior to admission in order to offer insurance coverage. If a patient does not have insurance coverage for a rehabilitation stay, the patient and/or family will be notified. Any estimated financial responsibilities will be communicated to the patient and family. Financial counselors at Wake Forest Baptist are available to help patients apply for financial assistance, as needed.
What to Expect Prior to Your Rehab Admission
It is our goal to help you find the best and most appropriate rehab program for your specific needs. After a referral is made, a nurse evaluator and rehab physician will evaluate your medical and rehabilitation needs.
To qualify for admission to an Inpatient Rehabilitation program you must:
- Require and be able to participate in physical, occupational and/or speech therapy at least 3 hours each day
- Need more than one type of rehab therapy and have potential for functional improvement
- Be medically appropriate for an inpatient hospital stay and have stable vital signs
- Have a cognitive level of three or higher on the Rancho Lost Amigos scale (for patients with a brain injury)
Wake Forest Baptist performs financial clearance for each patient prior to admission to the Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Many insurance companies must approve the rehabilitation stay prior to admission in order to offer insurance coverage. If you do not have insurance coverage for a rehabilitation stay, you and/or your family will be notified.
Wake Forest Baptist accepts payment from all major private insurance plans, worker’s compensation, Medicare and Medicaid.
Patients admitted to our inpatient programs require intensive rehabilitation services in a hospital setting and most often have conditions such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, trauma, amputation and other neurological and orthopaedic conditions.
Our programs are offered in a 39-bed state-of-the-art facility in the Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation, located on the campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The facility includes the following programs: