What to Expect
The therapist generally initiates therapy after breakfast. Each patient has individual therapy, and the schedule for each patient varies daily.
Rehabilitation therapy is individualized and scheduled for 5 days each week.
The average length-of-stay is three to six weeks. Your timeframe depends on your prior level of function, discharge plans and therapy potential. If you are unwilling or medically unable to participate in therapy, the plan of care will be reevaluated with the possibility of early discharge.
Depending on rehabilitation therapy care plan, it will range from two to three hours a day. As a new admission during weekdays,
Generally your first day is dedicated to settling in and getting comfortable. Your evaluation and therapy session typically begins the next day.
The nursing supervisor will inform you when therapy will begin.
Medicare does not recognize holidays. If you have any questions, speak to the Rehabilitation Manager.
It is recommended that you take your prescribed pain medication prior to going to therapy.
Please bring comfortable clothing and footwear for use during your therapy sessions. Although wearing shoes may be difficult initially, please bring shoes with appropriate treads.
Laundry services are available; however, you may choose to have laundry done elsewhere.
Appointment and Scheduling
Absolutely. Therapy occurs even if you have a doctor’s appointment.
The best time for family and friends to visit is in the late afternoon, evenings or weekends to avoid interfering with therapy.
No, unless it has been scheduled with the therapist for caregiver education.
No. Outside trips are only permitted for doctor’s appointments. Exceptions must be approved by the Rehabilitation Manager.
Salon services should be made after therapy has been completed for the day.
For any follow-up consultations with doctors or surgeons, it is the family’s or your responsibility to arrange for the appointments as well as to communicate with nursing staff and therapists regarding details of the appointments. Therapy will still occur the day of the doctor’s appointment. As long as there is notification, therapy staff will work around the scheduled appointment time.
No. However we will assist in arranging transportation. To arrange for transportation, contact the unit secretary. You or your responsible party will be responsible for all costs incurred.
Yes. As a result of seeing a doctor related to your rehabilitation care, paperwork is provided by the charge nurse for your visit. Please have the doctor you are visiting complete the paperwork. Upon your return to the Center, the paperwork should be given to the charge nurse.
Your private duty companion/sitter must be registered. Please contact the social worker for more details. One of the keys to recovery is learning to do as much for yourself as possible. Your private duty companion/sitter does not accompany you to any of the therapy sessions.
Care Plan and Discharge
During your initial evaluation, if you and or your family member anticipate any home environment concerns, a home evaluation can be scheduled if you live within 20 minutes of The Home. Please note that if an evaluation is determined to be necessary the therapist will meet with you at the location.
After a patient has been in the program for approximately 14 days, a care plan meeting is scheduled. The patient, family representative or responsible party, social worker, therapists and a nursing representative will be present at the meeting. During this session, the plan of care for the patient will be discussed.
We initiate discharge planning from the beginning of your rehabilitation stay. The projected discharge date will be discussed during the care plan meeting.
The rehabilitation therapy team orders the equipment.
Therapy staff recommends follow-up therapy after discharge from the Aviv Rehabilitation Center. It can be provided through home health or outpatient services. The Aviv Rehabilitation Center provides outpatient services as well. Therapists will consult with you regarding their recommendations prior to discharge.
Contact the Rehabilitation Manager to schedule therapy. Have your doctor write a prescription order and fax to the therapy department at 404.352.0162.
The social worker will arrange for home health services.
The doctor does not write prescriptions. The patient’s personal doctor is responsible once he/she is discharged.
Your personal physician is responsible to write prescriptions for all follow-up medications.
If you choose to leave before the therapist recommends discharge, this may impact your eligibility to receive future services from The William Breman Jewish Home and the Aviv Rehabilitation Center.
Activities and Appreciation
Rehabilitation patients are invited to all activities offered by The Home and special programs for Aviv Rehabilitation Center patients. Check weekly calendars for details.
Jewish religious services are available on Saturday mornings as well as on Jewish Holidays. Services are held at the Friedman Chapel in The Zaban Tower.
Although we encourage appreciation of staff, solicitation or acceptance of gratuities by staff members is cause for immediate dismissal. Staff members are NOT allowed to accept cash or gifts. You may bring in food, such as cookies or cake, which may be shared among the staff and placed in the care planning room on each floor and in the rehabilitation therapy room.