Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Our Rehab Program is accredited!

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

In early 2014, DCH earned a 3-year accreditation with CARF. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

What can I expect from this program?

Rehabilitation nurses are trained to oversee your care around the clock. They work closely with you to encourage self-care and attention to personal hygiene.

Physical therapists work to develop your strength and mobility so you can become as functional and independent as possible. Exercises and other activities are designed to build confidence, strengthen muscles, and improve endurance and coordination.

Occupational therapists challenge you to perform the simple tasks of everyday living — cooking, eating, dressing — through individually designed exercises and activities and the use of specialized equipment.

Speech pathologists provide individual therapy programs to treat memory, language, speech, or hearing disorders that interfere with your ability to communicate.

Social workers help you and your family with discharge planning and counseling to ensure your smooth transition from the rehabilitation unit to your home.

Patient Outcomes

During 2013, we collected the following information about our patient outcomes:

Percentage of our patients who return to the community: 78%

Average age of our patients: 78 years

FIM change during stay: 24 (The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scale is used in in-patient occupational therapy to measure progress of functional skills such as dressing, bathing, and eating. See more information about FIM in the section below.)

Average length of a patient's stay: 12 days

Customer satisfaction (based on our 2013 surveys conducted by Press-Ganey HCAHPS) 99%

Physical therapists work to develop your strength and mobility so you can become as functional and independent as possible. Exercises and other activities are designed to build confidence, strengthen muscles, and improve endurance and coordination.

What is FIM?

The FIM scale is widely used in rehabilitation facilities (Mauthe, 1996) and it measures how independent a person is on a scale from 1 – 7. Scores are given in the areas of self-cares (eating, grooming, bathing, etc.), sphincter control, mobility, locomotion, communication, and social cognition; and are combined for a total FIM score. These scores are used for initial assessment, to measure progress, and upon discharge; and thus, may be used as an outcome measure of progress. It is of particular importance in occupational therapy, as the largest area scored by the FIM is self-care.

Am I eligible for the DCH Rehabilitation Center?

The DCH Rehabilitation Center offers physical rehabilitation for individuals with:
  • Stroke
  • Orthopaedic Condition
  • Head Injury
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Neuro Impairment
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Congenital Deformity
  • Amputation
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Functional Decline

What will I do here?

Generally, your daily schedule will look something like this:

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.    .....    Morning dressing and grooming in your room
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.    .....    Breakfast in the dining room
9:00 a.m. – noon    .....    Therapy sessions
Noon – 1:00 p.m.    .....    Lunch served in the dining room
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.    .....    Therapy sessions
5:00 – 6:00 p.m    .....    Dinner served in the dining room

Patients receive at least 3 hours of therapy, 5-1/2 days a week.

What should I bring with me?

You will need several changes of loose-fitting street clothes suitable for exercising and movement, a sweater or coat, night wear, personal grooming items, and a pair of flat, rubber-soled shoes.

Will my insurance pay for rehabilitation?

Medicare, Medicaid, and many third party insurers reimburse for an inpatient rehab program for patients with physical and functional disabilities. Experienced staff will help the patient and family verify and obtain coverage.

How long will I need to stay in the hospital?

Many factors influence the length of stay, including severity of injury, previous health status, and medical complications. The Rehabilitation team will determine your estimated length of stay after they have evaluated your condition.

Can my family stay with me?

Your family can visit with you during specific hours, and they will also be asked to spend some time with you during your therapy sessions. Family teaching is an important part of you rehabilitation.

What will I gain from participating in this program?

At the DCH Rehabilitation Center, we are providing individualized and flexible treatment programs designed for individuals who have been disabled by injury or illness. Each individual referred to the program is evaluated and a rehabilitation plan developed to help the patient develop the skills to live as independently as possible after leaving the hospital.

Our primary mission is to focus on helping our patients to achieve the basic skills that will allow them to return to independent living and working environments.

We are unable to serve non-portable ventilator patients, dialysis patients, or children. In these cases, we can help you by recommending alternatives. For information, to make a referral, or to arrange a tour, please call our program director at (812) 254-8881.

Our Commitment to You

It is our policy that all team members act consistently within the mission, philosophy, and operating policies of the program. According to these principles and policies, team members will:

Respect the dignity of patients, family members, co-workers, clients, and any other persons;
Provide the highest quality clinical and customer related services;
Interact fairly and honestly with the public;
Maintain professional codes and practice guidelines;
Provide an accurate account of the services and program outcomes; and
Be ethical in all marketing and public relations activities.


Carla Sims, Director of Acute Rehabilitation
812.254.2760 Ext. 1520