Inpatient rehabilitation refers to a medical program in which the patient requires rehabilitation services that can only be provided by a licensed and registered medical professional in a medical facility. Since illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions can vary among each patient, it is critical that a physiatrist determines the appropriate level of care for each patient according to their individual needs. There are a few key factors that the doctor may use to determine the level of care needed:
Whether a patient is physically capable of performing his or her comprehensive level of rehabilitation
The patient may need 24-hour medical supervision and medical treatment
The appropriate level of care is not provided elsewhere.
The level of care that the patient requires is not available to them other than a comprehensive care setting.
The rehabilitation goals that the patient has can only be completed through an inpatient hospital stay.
During the rehabilitation process, the ultimate goal is to help the patient regain their optimum level of health; however, the patient may have secondary goals as well, that may not be easily measured. These goals need to be balanced with any social difficulties regarding discharge home into the community. The doctor will work with the patient and their family to make sure these alternative goals are also achieved.