Frequently Asked Questions.

Some of the questions our patients and families ask most often are answered below. If you have other questions, please give us a call at (256) 232-3461.

1Does Medicare cover short-term rehabilitation charges?

Seniors can qualify for Medicare coverage of inpatient rehabilitation services for up to 100 days in a qualifying stay which means that rehabilitation must begin within 30 days of a hospital stay of at least 72 hours duration.

2When may family and friends visit patients in the Senior Rehabilitation Center?

Visiting hours are unlimited. Our door is always open to our patients’ family and friends, but because it’s important that our patients attend daily therapy sessions, it’s a good idea to check the therapy schedule before visiting.

3Can family and friends dine with patients in the group dining room?

Yes, guest meals are available for a nominal charge. Please call ahead to allow the dietary staff notice of the need to prepare extra meals.

4Can the patient leave the facility for brief outings or visits?

Medicare eligibility requires that patients remain at the rehabilitation center during the entire course of treatment. Other payors requirements may vary.

5What if 100 days of therapy is not enough?

Though a 21- to 100-day course of inpatient therapy allows most patients to regain their strength and stamina, some patients are unable to improve enough to return to independent living. The family has options in such cases. For example, private pay arrangements may be considered for additional therapy, or patients may transfer into the Limestone Health Facility for long-term care and restorative nursing care.

6What do patients need to bring from home?

Because our focus is on returning our patients to their homes after rehabilitation, our rehab wing is set up so that you do not have to bring anything other than personal items, toiletries, and comfortable clothing suited for continued active therapy sessions. Some patients also like to bring photographs and books or other materials for their leisure time.

7What community services are available to assist seniors who live independently?

Our community has quite a few resources to support independent living among our seniors. For example, agencies like Meals on Wheels and the Council on Aging help meet needs for nutrition and transportation. In addition, companion services and home health providers may provide in-home assistance. The Senior Rehab Social Services Coordinator helps families gather the appropriate information for each patient and assists them in the transition.