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:
A CARF-accredited program that provides coordinated and integrated medical and rehabilitation services to patients with a wide variety of neurological, musculoskeletal, or other conditions that have led to significant loss of physical and/or cognitive function.
The rehabilitation team, which includes the patient and family/caregiver, develops an individualized plan of care that guides the treatment process and reflects the specific functional improvement goals of each patient.
Patients must be able to participate in at least three hours of physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy five days out of each seven day period.
CARF-accredited program that uses a partnership approach with the patient, family and support system to focus on prevention, reducing activity limitations, and maximizing the quality of life for individuals age 13 and older who have experienced a stroke.
The program also provides patient and family training programs to prepare patients and their families for rehab discharge, to coordinate equipment needs and home modifications, and to provide information on lifetime health and wellness resources.
The ability to return home is a key outcome of the stroke rehab program.
Our CARF-Accredited Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Program provides specialized, intensive rehabilitation services for patients age 13 years and older who have traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries resulting in cognitive deficits, behavior problems, physical limitations and problems with self-care.
Brain injuries may be related to trauma from motor vehicle and other accidents, brain tumors, stroke, anoxia/hypoxia or other neurological injuries. The program provides patient and family training programs to prepare patients and their families for rehab discharge, to coordinate equipment needs and home modifications, and to provide information on lifetime health and wellness resources.
The program provides an environment and services ideally suited for brain injury rehabilitation including a dedicated brain injury nursing unit, ensuring reduced stimulation and a secure therapeutic environment that allows patients to move freely throughout the unit and an on-site school tutoring education program for adolescent patients.
A CARF-accredited program that focuses on strategies of collaboration to impact perioperative care, to prevent further amputations, minimize impairment, maximize independent function, and maximize the quality of life for amputees.
The Amputee Program uses the latest technology, in combination with traditional, hands-on interventions, to ease the trauma resulting from amputation and to help individuals adapt both physically and emotionally to necessary lifestyle changes. The team's interdisciplinary approach to care ensures comprehensive and coordinated treatment so that patients reach their highest level of physical, emotional, and psychological ability.
The program also provides training programs to prepare patients and their families for rehab discharge, to help coordinate equipment needs and home modification and to provide information on lifetime health and wellness resources.
Program that provides specialized, intensive rehabilitation care for patients age 13 and older with spinal cord dysfunction due to trauma or disease resulting in paralysis (loss of strength), loss of sensation (feeling), and control over body functions.
The program offers the expertise of a specialized interdisciplinary care team of rehab professionals who help patients cope with their injuries, relearn basic skills of everyday life, maximize functional independence and reintegrate back into their communities.
The program also provides patient and family training programs to prepare patients and their families for rehab discharge, to help coordinate equipment needs and home modifications, and to provide information on lifetime health and wellness resources.
What to Expect During and After Discharge
Your care coordinator will work with you, your care team and your family/caregiver to coordinate the best discharge plan for your individual needs. Many activities must be completed prior to discharge. For example:
- Your care team will make recommendations for equipment you will need at home or modification that you will need to make at home for you safety and continued recover.
- Your care coordinator will arrange for delivery of equipment.
- Your care team will determine if you will need assistance from a home health agency, which includes nursing and/or therapy at home.
- Your care team will review all discharge instructions with you
- The unit secretary will schedule follow-up appointments with your physician.
After discharge from the Inpatient Rehabilitation program your journey will continue and you may need additional resources to assist with lifestyle changes. If you have additional needs or questions about community resources, please contact Karen Lawrence at 336-716-8454 or Rehab4Life@wakehealth.edu.
Why Choose Wake Forest Baptist for Inpatient Rehabilitation?
Our exceptional facilities include:
- A dedicated brain injury unit
- Heated therapeutic pool
- Spacious rooms and showers
- Home of the region’s Resource Center for the Brain Injury Association of NC
Advanced technology and treatment includes:
- VitalStim Therapy System for swallowing difficulty
- Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation
- Bedside fiber optic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing
- Weight bearing assisted treadmill therapy (LiteGait System)
- Functional Electrical Stimulation – Bioness
- SaeboFlex custom fabricated splint
Comprehensive Care and Expertise including:
- More than 35 years offering inpatient rehabilitation programs
- Board certified rehabilitation physicians
- Certified rehabilitation nurses
- Certified brain injury specialist
- Clinical psychology and neuropsychology
- Seating and wheeled mobility evaluations
- Home evaluations for home modification recommendations
- Animal Assisted Therapy Program
- Recreation therapy-led community re-entry outings
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Onsite assistive technology specialist and services
- School tutoring education program
- Peer-mentor and family support programs