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Common Questions

What is the purpose of rehabilitation?
The purpose of rehabilitation is to help people become as independent as possible following an illness or injury.

When can I have visitors?
Monday-Friday, 3-8 p.m. and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Can someone stay with me?
Our rehabilitation unit is dedicated to providing safe, effective rehabilitation care in a family-friendly manner. We appreciate the importance of family as a support system and as caregivers after the patient leaves the hospital.

Normal visiting hours are 3-8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. New patients may be in therapy on Saturday morning. We encourage family to visit during non-therapy hours to allow the patient to focus on therapy.

For newly admitted patients, we encourage one adult family member to stay overnight the first night to help the patient settle in comfortably. For patients with stroke or brain injury that significantly impairs speech or judgment, we encourage one adult family member to stay with the patient at night until the patient is able to make his or her wants and needs known effectively. An adult family member may also stay overnight at the physician's discretion or the nurse's request for safety or family training.

For the patient's safety, adult overnight visitors should notify the nursing staff if they are leaving the floor and the patient will be unattended. Visitors are expected to attend to their own needs so that the staff can focus on the patient's care. Children under age 18 are not allowed to stay overnight or remain unattended with the patient. Parents with children under age 12 should plan to visit only briefly, and children should be directly supervised at all times.

We encourage hand washing for all visitors, especially children, before and after leaving the unit as an infection control measure. No one who is sick with a cold should be visiting a family member in the hospital.

Our focus is to provide a healthy, safe environment for your loved one's recovery. The health, safety and recovery of the patient comes first.

How are the rooms arranged?
The Rehabilitation Institute rooms are private with a private bathroom. You will have your own phone and TV in the room also.

What about smoking?
NMMC is a non-tobacco facility.

How long will I have to stay?
The average length of stay is 14 days, but it varies from person to person. Your progress determines the length of time you will spend in the Rehabilitation Institute.

How will it be paid for?
The Rehabilitation Institute accepts Medicare and Medicaid which may pay part or all of your rehab stay. Private insurance companies vary from policy to policy. A rehabilitation case manager will contact your insurance company to see if it pays for rehabilitation. If you have no insurance, our business office will help you set up a payment plan or help you complete a charity application.

How much therapy will I receive each day?
You will receive a minimum of three hours of therapy Monday through Friday. Therapy is also provided on Saturday.

What will the rehabilitation team members and nurses expect of me?
You will be expected to participate in therapy sessions and ask questions. As you get stronger, we will encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself to prepare you to go home. We will expect you to practice what you learn while you are still in the rehabilitation setting so that when you get home you can do as much as possible for yourself again.

What can I expect from the rehabilitation team members?
The rehabilitation team members will provide you with a schedule within 24 hours after admission. Your therapy team will provide you with education about your disability, as well as teach you how to use any equipment such as a cane, walker, etc. that you might have to use upon discharge. Team members will meet at least weekly to discuss your progress and to determine how long you will be in the program. The rehabilitation social worker will let you and your family/caregiver know what the team discussed and the expected discharge date so your can be preparing ahead of time for eventual discharge.

What is expected from my family or caregiver?
The rehab team will ask family/caregivers to participate in therapy sessions as needed and will schedule this with your family or caregiver as needed. The team will teach family/caregivers any activities or how to operate equipment that will be needed to take care of the patient at home.

We ask that family/caregivers let the patients do as much for themselves as possible so they can regain as much independence as possible prior to returning home. The patients need to practice before going home so let them take care of themselves while you are still in the rehabilitation setting. The family/caregiver is responsible for the patient's laundry. One washer and dryer are available at the Rehabilitation Institute if needed.

What clothes and supplies will I need to bring?
Bring comfortable clothing, non-slip shoes, toiletries such as deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, shampoo, etc.

What happens if I get home and forget everything the therapist has taught me?
Call us back at (662) 377-4060 or (662) 377-4058.

Can I tour the rehabilitation unit?
Yes. Any staff member can take you on a tour.

Will a doctor see me while I am in the rehabilitation program?
Your attending rehab physician will follow you during your stay although daily visits are not typically needed. A rehabilitation physician is always available. The rehabilitation physician will consult a specialist as needed.

Is the unit licensed or affiliated with any organization?

  • Mississippi State Department of Health
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • Member, American Hospital Association and Mississippi Hospital Association
  • (CARF) Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Click here for the Rehabilitation Institute Patient Guide