Inpatient Rehabilitation

Rehab Care in Hagerstown, Maryland

The inpatient rehabilitation unit at Meritus Medical Center is the region's only rehabilitation provider accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our staff of experienced health care professionals is expert at helping people return to their lives after trauma, injury or illness. Whatever your illness or injury may be, our caring and compassionate staff will tailor a complete program of treatment and therapy to address your unique needs. We are delighted you are considering being our guest so we can work together to help you regain your strength, build new skills, and achieve your highest potential.

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Admission Criteria

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services is specifically designed to serve individuals that have suffered an illness and/or injury resulting in decreased functional independence. Prior to admission, the patient must:

  • Be referred by a physician, social worker, therapist or family member
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing and medical care
  • Demonstrate the ability and willingness to progress and recover
  • Have caregivers available for training and education sessions
  • Be able to tolerate at least three hours of therapy each day
  • Require a minimum of physical therapy and occupational therapy services
  • Expected less than three weeks length of stay
  • Planned discharge to home/caregiver
  • Mild spinal injuries resulting in partial paralysis

To make a referral to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, contact our admission specialist at 301-790-8618.

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Your Inpatient Care Team

  • Physiatrists are doctors specializing in rehabilitation medicine who will manage your clinical progress during your stay with us.
  • Rehabilitation nurses and nursing assistants are an integral part of the team that helps manage your nursing and rehabilitation needs. They are educators, advocates, and clinicians and work closely with each member of the team to carry through what you learn in therapy.
  • Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants help you rebuild muscle strength.
  • Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants share some similarities to physical therapists, but tend to concentrate on skills that are important to daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating.
  • Speech-language pathologists help patients improve their communication skills. They assess your ability to hear and understand what is said and to speak clearly.
  • The social work care manager supports you and your family by coordinating your care during your stay at the hospital and assisting you in planning for your return home.
  • Psychologists will support you with the emotional aspects of the healing process.
  • Dietitians provide nutritional counseling and recommend dietary changes that may be helpful to you.
  • Pharmacists dispense and manage your medications.

Program Features

Excellence in Service: The Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits Inpatient Rehabilitation Services as an adult Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. CARF accreditation ensures that the quality of services provided meets the highest possible national standards of care in rehabilitation. The staff of Total Rehab Care participates in an onsite survey process every three years.

Patient and Caregiver Centered: At Inpatient Rehabilitation Services we recognize that injury and illness impacts not only the patient, but also the entire family and support network. While the patient is at the center of our team focused care, we also provide structured support and education for caregivers. In order to ensure our patients are able to perform tasks of daily living, we work with them in our onsite apartment. The apartment allows them to work with our therapy staff to cook, clean and perform activities of daily living.

Rehabilitation Standards of Care: A specialized schedule of daily care is created for each patient and includes individualized therapy sessions, nursing treatment time to complete patient teaching, social work services for a coordinated discharge process, and room for rest periods if needed to build up endurance. Unique to the rehabilitation standard of care is the opportunity for the patient and/or family to “test out” their skills at supervised community events.

Continuum of Care: When a patient has made sufficient progress and is ready to leave Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, the patient’s next step is to consider continued rehabilitation in the outpatient setting. The outpatient department of Total Rehab Care focuses on rehabilitative care for the best possible outcome for independent living, return to community activities, as well as return to work or school.

Inpatient Rehabilitation