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UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital sets the standard of care for rehabilitation programs.


Overview

At UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, a variety of professionals who specialize in rehabilitation help patients learn the skills they need to adapt to life’s changes. Patients work closely with physiatrists (physicians specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation), therapists, rehabilitation nurses and psychologists so they can regain as much independence as possible, as quickly as possible.

The purpose and goal of rehabilitation is to make it possible for patients to return to their homes with strong support systems made up of family, friends, and others in their communities.

Once a patient is admitted to UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, therapy needs are determined by rehab specialists. Working closely with you and your family, the team, which includes physiatrists, rehab nurses and therapists, will establish your initial goals and a treatment plan to achieve them. During the course of your care, these goals may be revised to reflect your progress and personal choices.


Length of Rehabilitation Program

The length of your stay (LOS) in the rehabilitation hospital is based on progress made and goal achievement. When further progress toward the established rehabilitation goals is unlikely, can be achieved in a less intensive setting or you have met your goals, you will no longer meet criteria to remain in the rehabilitation program. You will receive ongoing information regarding the LOS throughout your stay.


What You Can Expect Throughout Your Stay

Admission

A registered nurse will complete an evaluation of your condition and together with the rehabilitation physician and other professionals, a decision is made about your admission to the rehabilitation hospital.

Evaluation

The rehabilitation team will begin your evaluation the first day of admission. Once the evaluation is completed, the nursing and therapy staff will then help you identify rehabilitation goals based upon their evaluations and your expectations. Your rehab team will meet weekly to review progress toward your established goals and update those goals and length of stay as necessary. Your case manager will communicate any changes to the established plan regarding your length of stay and your projected functional status goal at discharge.

Physician

Physician

During your stay at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, the team providing your care will be led by a physician specially trained or experienced in rehabilitation medicine. You will be seen by your physician on a daily basis.

Treatment

The treatment team develops individualized treatment plans based on your specific needs. Treatment activities will be geared toward achieving your goals.

Rooms

Semi-private and private rooms, private telephone, cable television, closet and cabinet space. Private rooms are reserved for medically necessary situations. Private rooms may be available for an additional charge.

Discharge

Your discharge planning begins upon admission.Your case manager will work with you in developing a comprehensive plan for discharge from Shands Rehab Hospital. The treatment team develops individualized treatment plans based upon your specific needs. Treatment activities will be geared toward achieving your goals.


While You Are Here

Church Services

Nondenominational church services are provided every Sunday. We also offer individual visitations by clergy every Friday.

MealsMeals

Each day you will receive a menu to complete for the following day. Meals are served in a common patient dining area.

  • Breakfast is served between 7:30 a.m and 8 a.m.
  • Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner is served between 4:30 p.m and 5:30 p.m.

Eating in the dining area is encouraged as a part of your rehabilitation program. Special dietary resources are available.

Laundry

Laundry facilities and detergent are provided. Please make arrangements to have your laundry done at Shands Rehab Hospital or at home. All clothing should be properly identified.

Acute/Emergency Care 

Should there be a need for you to return to the acute care hospital or if you need emergency care, 24-hour access to UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center’s medical and emergency teams is available.

Arts in Rehabilitation and Leisure Time

Transforming the hospital experience through the arts, we offer activities that include integrative medicine, performing arts and visual arts. Other activities include pet therapy, holiday events, outdoor garden areas, community outings and incorporation of tablets and electronic game systems for leisure and therapeutic uses.

Tobacco-Free Health System

UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital is a tobacco-free facility. Use of cigarettes or any tobacco products is prohibited on all hospital properties


What Should I Bring?

Arts in Rehab

Personal Items

  • Five day supply of comfortable loose-fitting clothes (sweatpants or slacks, loose shirts or tops, sweaters)
  • Supportive, non-skid sole shoes
  • Toiletries (If you have a specific shampoo, toothpaste, soap, lotion, etc. that you prefer)
  • Razors
  • Radio
  • Fan
  • Pictures
  • Reading Material
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas

*The hospital is not responsible for any lost, broken or stolen items, including cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

What Should I Leave At Home?

  • Valuables
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • Medications

Family/Caregiver

Participation in Treatment

Your family/caregiver’s participation in your therapy program is essential to ensure they will be able to appropriately assist you when you are discharged.

Visitors

Visiting Hours

UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital’s visitation hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Guest Services

For more information about hotels/motels and other amenities located near UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, please see case management.


Contact Us

For more information about UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, please call (352) 265-8938.