What To Expect During Your Stay

If you and your doctor have already decided that you can benefit from inpatient rehabilitation at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, here’s what you can expect:

A Team Dedicated to Your Recovery

Being in a rehabilitation unit is very different than being a patient in other hospital units. 

In addition to doctors and nurses, you’ll have a dedicated team of skilled clinicians, also known as your treatment team. This team will work with you and your family to:

  • Develop goals
  • Customize a treatment program for you
  • Assess your readiness to move to the next step in the rehabilitation process

A Goal of Getting You Back Home

The main focus of inpatient rehab is to help you regain your independence and to prepare for going home. 

Every day, your team will work with you to help you understand your diagnosis and find solutions so that you can manage your health care when you go home.

A Typical Day

Your days in rehab are spent out of bed, outside your room, and involved in therapy and other activities for much of the day.

The times below may vary, but here’s how you’ll spend a typical day in rehab:

Breakfast — Your days will usually start around 7 a.m. Our goal is for you to be up, washed, dressed, and have already eaten breakfast before therapy starts. Breakfast can be served in either your room or the dining room.

Visit from your doctor — Your doctor usually will visit you once a day, most often in the morning.

Daily therapy — Daily therapy usually begins at 9 a.m. You could have between two and five hours of therapy each day. You might be working on balance in the therapy gym, walking or navigating your wheelchair in the hallways of the hospital, or even going outside. We are here to help you regain as much of your independence as possible.

Lunch and dinner are served in the dining room. We encourage you to eat with fellow patients and socialize before you turn in for the night.

Throughout your stay, you will be wearing your own clothes (we recommend dressing in gym clothes). 

See the packing checklist for suggestions on what to bring.

Visitors and Visiting Hours

Your family members and friends also are an important part of your rehabilitation and are encouraged to visit you at almost any time.

They can observe and participate in therapy and learn how to assist you after discharge.

Nurses, therapists, doctors, and other staff on the unit may ask that you limit the number of visitors so you can focus on your goals.

Returning Home

The goal of inpatient rehabilitation is to help you become as independent as possible so that you can return home.

Your team will work with you and your family to determine what goals must be accomplished for you to return home safely.

Together, we’ll make arrangements that will allow you to continue your rehabilitation:

  • At home
  • In an outpatient facility
  • In another setting that’s right for you

Helpful Contacts and Resources

Family House
Family House provides convenient, affordable housing for patients and their families traveling to Pittsburgh for treatment of serious illnesses.

Insurance Questions
The Institute accepts many insurance companies. If you have any insurance questions, call our admissions representative or liaison at 1-877-AT-REHAB (28-73422) for more information.

Schedule a Tour of Our Facilities
The Institute staff will gladly give you a tour of our facilities. To schedule a tour, call 1-877-AT-REHAB (28-73422) or talk to your admissions representative or liaison.

Packing Checklist
Our packing checklist offers a complete list of what you should and shouldn’t bring for your stay in our rehabilitation unit.

Locations and Directions
Find directions and information about each of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute’s seven hospital locations.

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