A Typical Day in Rehab


Your day begins with morning nursing rounds where your rehabilitation nurse will assist you with medications and your morning routine to prepare for the days activities. Your nurse or occupational therapist will assist you in completing your activities of daily living (ADLs) which include bathing, dressing, grooming and general hygiene. The therapist can provide you with adaptive equipment as needed to assist you with increasing your independence in your morning ADL routine.

As a patient it is encouraged that you dress in clothes that you would typically wear during the day at home to best simulate a home environment. You will have time to eat breakfast prior to attending your morning therapy sessions in the Rehabilitation gym. Additionally, the rehabilitation physician and residents round with each patient in order to address your needs and concerns, and to assure that treatment is progressing appropriately.

The physicians collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to discuss patients’ current status and progress in daily rounds and weekly conference meetings.


At noon you will have a break from therapy for lunch. During this time it is important to rest and allow your body to recover from the therapy sessions and prepare for afternoon sessions. If adaptive devices, swallowing, or eating skills are needed, a therapist may work with you during the lunch hour.


After your lunch break you will continue with afternoon therapy sessions. The nurses, physicians, nursing aides, and therapists are all available throughout the day to assist you with your needs.


Your day concludes with dinner and time to spend with your family or visitors. The evening is an opportune time to get rest and allow your body to fully recuperate after a full day of therapy and education. During your stay in rehabilitation it is important to balance therapy and rest, which will allow your body to become stronger and prepared for more therapy the next day.

Typically therapy sessions are conducted between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm each day, 7 days a week. On weekdays you will participate in three hours of therapy including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy which is divided based upon your individual needs and treatment goals. Patients are encouraged to incorporate techniques learned in therapy throughout their day.

Family members are welcome to attend therapy sessions. Family can be educated by our experienced therapists to better support you at home and remain updated on your current functional status.