Q. Can I afford a rehabilitation stay?
A. Most Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and workers’ compensation programs. Both the Social Services staff and Patient Accounts Department are available to discuss rehabilitation coverage, insurance questions, and financing of services.
Q. If I need rehabilitation, how can I be admitted?
A. A physician’s referral to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit is required before admission. To provide appropriate rehabilitation services, a prospective patient must be able to benefit from rehabilitation services, have a clear discharge plan, and be able to tolerate daily therapy demands. The Acute Rehabilitation Unit supports and complies with all applicable federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination of patient referrals.
Some of the patient diagnoses treated on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit include:
- Brain injury
- Neurological conditions
- Spinal cord dysfunction
- Various orthopaedic conditions
- Multiple trauma
- Some congenital impairments
Q. What is a typical day like on the ARU?
A. The friendly staff on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit provides patient care around the clock, every day of the week, as patients move closer to independence. Most patients receive at least three hours of therapy during the workday. A schedule is available every evening for patients and family members who wish to plan ahead for visitors. Patients’ schedules will vary from day to day. Mealtime is usually spent together in the dining room with other patients. This is promoted to encourage mutual support and companionship.
Q. What is different about a rehabilitation unit?
A. The physicians, nurses, and therapy staff are specially trained and experienced in working with persons who have neurologic and traumatic injuries. The Acute Rehabilitation Unit staff works together with patients and families to meet the shared goals for recovery from life-altering disabilities. Regional West’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit is unique because it is the only accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility in western Nebraska.
Q. Where is the Acute Rehabilitation Unit located?
A. The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is conveniently located on the fourth floor of Regional West Medical Center.
Regional West Medical Center wants our patients and their families to stay informed and be an active partner in the rehabilitation process. Click on any of the following links to learn more about a specific diagnosis, as well as national events and activities.
- American Brain Coalition
- American Stroke Association
- Amputee Coalition of America
- Amputee Resource Foundation of America
- Brain Injury Association of America
- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Spinal Cord Injury Association
- National Stroke Association
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
- The Stroke Association