Frequently Asked Questions
About the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
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- Improve the health and well being of every person we serve.
- Provide high-quality, cost-effective care that meets your individual needs.
- Include you and your family as part of the team to design a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and goals.
- Provide a rehabilitation program to improve daily living skills, independence and quality of life.
Informed Decision Making
It is important that you make informed decisions regarding your health care and plan of care throughout your stay. The doctors and staff will give you the information of your treatment plans as well as other options.
If you need additional information to make informed choices, please ask the Rehabilitation admissions coordinator at 206-320-2164.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is located on 6 East of the Swedish/Cherry Hill campus.
What type of care will I get on this unit?
Much of your day will be spent in therapy sessions. Typically you will have three hours of therapy a day, seven days a week. A nurse will be assigned to you.
You and your family are the most important members of your care team. A physiatrist, a physician specializing in rehabilitation, will coordinate your medical care. Depending on your rehabilitation plan, your rehab team may also include a:
- rehabilitation nurse
- physical therapist
- occupational therapist
- speech-language pathologist
- social worker
- rehabilitation psychologist
- therapeutic recreation therapist
- rehabilitation care coordinator
To help you regain your independence, you will also be encouraged to do as much for yourself as possible.
Will my family members be able to visit or stay with me while I am here? Can they eat meals with me?
Family members are always welcome to visit while you recover on the unit. Visitation hours are from 8 am to 8 pm.
Your family may wish to be available both day and night. There are rooms conveniently located at the Inn at Cherry Hill, right on the Swedish campus. Your family can be close at hand to visit and watch your progress, while getting the rest they need to maintain their own health. For information or a reservation, call 206-320-2164.
Meal times are set to accommodate your individual therapy schedules. You and your family may eat together.
How long will I be there?
The length of your stay can vary depending on the type of illness or injury you have and your rate of progress. Your rehab team will talk to you about the tentative and final discharge dates as you progress.
During your stay on the unit, we will do everything we can to make you as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
You will be physically active and need clothes that are loose and comfortable. We suggest you bring two pairs of pants, two shirts or blouses (not pullovers), night clothes and a robe, sweater or sweat shirt, rubber-soled shoes with wide heels, grooming items, and assistive devices you are currently using.
Your family members and friends may also bring personal items that will help you feel more comfortable, such as pictures and hobby materials.
Many insurance providers, including Medicare recognize that patients with the following conditions require rehabilitation care:
- Congenital deformity
- Major multiple trauma
- Spinal-cord injury
- Brain injury
- Musculoskeletal disorder
- Other neurological disorder
- Other disabling conditions
Other conditions may be covered as well. A physician or admission coordinator will meet with you to review admission criteria for the program.
We will do everything possible to make your transition from hospital to home a smooth one. Before you are discharged from this unit, a therapist may evaluate your home environment and make recommendations for modifications that will make independent living easier. Your social worker will evaluate your support systems and help arrange any neccessary community services. We will coordinate any other services such as outpatient therapy or home-health care.
Throughout this process, you will play an active role in developing your discharge plans.
- You could initially feel increased pain as we assess your ability to move your body and then work to improve your movement. This is particularly true if you have not used part of your body for some time or experienced recent changes in your body/medical status. Please communicate if you are in pain so we can help control your pain.
- There is a risk of falls as you work on functional activities such as walking and transferring. This risk can be due to impairment of your strength, endurance, balance or cognition.
- If you are experiencing swallowing problems, there is a risk for aspiration (food or liquid in the lungs) with oral feeding and assessment. Our trained speech/language pathologists may also recommend specialized testing done in Diagnostic Imaging to look at your risk for aspirating/choking on food or saliva and how to best manage this.
- Your physician may prescribe medications, therapy, exercises, lab work or diagnostic testing that has risks as well as benefits. Please ask for further information if you have questions or concerns about these recommendations.
Acute Rehabilitation Unit500 17th Avenue
Cherry Hill, 6-East
Seattle, WA 98122
For admissions call: 206-320-2673
Did you Know?
Acute Rehabilitation Unit
- 429 patients served
- brain injury
- neurological conditions
- spinal cord injury
- 14 day average length of stay
83% of our patients were discharged to home or the community.
(3% higher than the national average)
82% of our patients rated their Quality of Life as "satisfied or better"
(surveyed 3 months after discharge)
Learn more about admitting a patient to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
Physicians, patients or family members are encouraged to contact our Admissions Coordinator at: