Frequently Asked Questions

Family members and patients entering a rehabilitation program for the first time have many questions.

When you register as a patient at Shore Rehabilitation Institute, you'll receive a patient handbook. Additionally, every member of our staff is trained to answer any and all of your questions.

But to help prepare you ahead of time, here are the answers to a few questions we hear the most often.

What is rehabilitation?
"Rehabilitation" literally means to enable again. It is the medical science of restoring a person's abilities as fully as possible. In rehabilitation, the patient is required to be an active participant in his/her recovery. A team of professionals comprising physicians; nurses; physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists; case managers; dieticians; and social workers guide the patient every step of the way. At Shore Rehabilitation Institute, we believe that the patient and his/her family remain the most important part of the team. Only a patient can determine how he/she wants to live the rest of his/her life. Our staff is ready to direct you on the road to recovery and to achieve your goals.

What is a physiatrist?
A physiatrist is a physician who specializes in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM & R). PM & R focuses on the restoration of function in people with a wide range of disabling injuries and illnesses. PM & R deals with the whole person, focusing on ways to restore a person's abilities as fully as possible. The physiatrist is in charge of the rehabilitation team of professionals who treat each patient at Shore Rehabilitation Institute.

Why would my doctor refer me to SRI?
Patients who are disabled or are suffering from disease and injuries of the nerves, muscles, and joints often require specialized services to regain their previous level of function. SRI offers these unique services through a team of professionals who specialize in this type of care. Our goal is to get you to your best functional level so that you can maintain your desired lifestyle.

What is an example of a day I might have at Shore Rehabilitation Institute?
A typical day begins around 7:00 a.m., when the patients get up and are assisted with dressing, if needed. Each patient then follows a schedule of therapies including physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapy. In physical therapy, we focus on restoration of movement, strength, and walking. In occupational therapy, patients learn to master activities of daily living. The speech therapists work on language and swallowing difficulties, and the recreational therapist explores leisure interests. Throughout the day, the nursing staff cares for and educates the patients. During non-therapy times, we encourage patients to practice the skills that were learned in therapy and to visit with family and friends.

What should I bring?
We encourage you to bring several changes of comfortable clothing that allow free movement, such as sweat suits. Also, since each person is comfortable at different temperatures, it is a good idea to bring clothing that can be layered, such as tee shirts and sweatshirts. We also recommend bringing comfortable shoes or sneakers, as well as a sweater or coat for outdoor activities. And don't forget your pajamas, underwear, and toiletries.

We suggest you do not bring jewelry, credit cards, or large sums of money. For safety reasons, we do not allow curling irons, portable fans, or heating devices. We also recommend that you bring your insurance cards for verification purposes.

How long will I be at Shore Rehabilitation Institute?
Every stay varies based on the patient's unique needs, goals, and home situation. Our treatment team will establish a tentative discharge date after your initial patient assessments. Your individual case manager will keep you and your family informed of our team's recommendations.

Will I be isolated from the outside world?
No, our intention is to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay. You'll have a touch-tone telephone at your bedside, which you can request to have activated if you desire to place or receive calls. Please note that there is a charge for telephone service, and it is generally not covered by insurance. You may receive unlimited calls between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Television service in your room is available free of charge. There are also televisions available for you and your family to watch in the day room and the recreation room.

Family members and friends are free to visit you during non-therapy times, which are generally around lunch and after 4:00 p.m. Family members or caregivers may be invited to observe or participate in your therapy program in preparation for discharge.

What will happen to me once I'm discharged?
Our program is designed to prepare you for discharge before you leave. Your individual case manager/social worker will coordinate all follow-up services recommend by the team, such as home or outpatient services. The nurses will review your medications and any required nursing care. And the therapists will ensure that you're independent or that a caregiver is trained to assist you when you go home.

We will answer and address all of your questions and concerns before you're discharged. Additionally, your case manager/social worker will make a follow-up phone call after discharge to see how things are going.