These inpatient rehabilitation facilities are for patients who need close medical supervision and are able to participate in at least 3 hours of therapy 5 days a week. They do not need institutional care and receive hospital-level care supervised by a doctor; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and specialized nursing, social services and other care.

What else can a patient expect at a stroke rehabilitation hospital during a stay?

  • A detailed assessment of medical and rehabilitation needs after being introduced to hospital staff and shown to a room
  • Working toward moving around independently with daily activities
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily therapy that is essential to progressing toward goals
  • Visits by a rehabilitation physician and nurses specializing in rehabilitation care
  • A discharge plan, which includes a case manager, rehabilitation care team and necessary equipment post-discharge
  • Discharge day that includes instructions and medication prescriptions

HealthSouth is the nation’s largest health-care provider specializing in inpatient rehabilitation, and, as a leader in the industry, patients can see the difference in the patient rooms, therapy facilities, rehabilitation teams and encouraging and supportive environment.

Here’s what can be found at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals:

  • Advanced technologies
  • Around-the-clock registered nurses
  • Experienced rehabilitation nurses (Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurses and Wound Care Certified)
  • Frequent physicians’ visits
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • A pristine environment
  • Weekly team meetings with a physician

“It’s best to look for a facility with a lot of therapists so that there are a lot of ideas about how to treat a patient,” says Sandy McGinnis, an occupational therapist who has worked at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson for 8 years. “A big thing we do here at HealthSouth is we try to get people out of the wheelchair and back into regular chairs and mats so that they’re using their muscles.”

“When a stroke occurs, it’s not just the stroke side that is affected — it’s the entire body. We try to find and treat any deficit so that patients can return to living independently, whether it’s driving a car, going to the grocery store, cooking, quilting, whatever it may be.”

A common misconception is that rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes are one and the same, but they are not at all. Nursing homes with “rehab” in the name only add to the confusion, but there are at least six characteristics that set apart rehabilitation hospitals from nursing homes:

  • Unlike nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals require frequent visits by an attending physician
  • Unlike nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals require a multidisciplinary team approach
  • Rehabilitation hospitals require RN oversight and availability 24 hours a day; in nursing hours, it’s at least 8 consecutive hours a day
  • Rehabilitation hospitals require 5 to 7½ nursing hours per patient per day; in nursing homes, it’s 2½ to 4 hours
  • Unlike nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals require specialty nursing training and rehabilitation expertise
  • Rehabilitation hospitals require a physical, occupational and/or speech therapy level of service a minimum of 3 hours a day 5 fives a week; nursing homes have no minimum

“The level of care is different. We’re a hospital, and they’re a nursing home,” says Tommy Davis, RN, CMM and HealthSouth’s Area Director of Marketing, who noted that HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson has the largest number of therapists and gym in the state. “We get them into a hospital and show patients the level of activity. Patients are up and moving around — there is rehab going on. They can see the difference.

“We’re all about the patients, and the outcomes speak for themselves — the smiling faces of patients and their families. The positive attitude and atmosphere make it worthwhile to be here,” says Davis.

“You see the progress all the time,” concludes McGinnis. “Patients return and say, ‘Hey, I’m walking now. I’m doing so much better. Thank you for your help.’ It’s a great environment, and we really work together to make it the best experience possible for the patients.”

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals are a higher level of care — they insist on a pristine environment, monitor outcomes and offer an intensive approach to rehabilitation supervised by frequent physician visits — and it is these approaches that allow HealthSouth to achieve successful and superior outcomes.

Along with an extensive amount of Sharegivers information, HealthSouth offers nearly a dozen stroke support groups for survivors and their families/caregivers in Henderson and Las Vegas. For more information: