Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Welcome to Saline Regional Health Center's Rehabilitation Unit. You are about to start a new phase of recovery that will be different from your stay in a traditional hospital.

Our goal here is the same as yours ... to help you regain as much independence as possible, as quickly as possible.

Salina Regional's comprehensive inpatient rehab unit is physician-driven. We are a specially-trained, acute-care organization practicing an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. The results? A continuum of care with a much higher standard that exceeds national averages.

Getting Well

Many factors will affect your rehabilitation, but, your own desire to improve is your best asset. Your motivation and participation are very important.

Our Rehab Team is specially trained to aid your recovery process. Each is a specialist in a different aspect of rehabilitation and each brings unique expertise that can benefit you.

You also play a vital role. Your decisions on care are as important to us as they are to you. By being actively involved in developing your treatment program, you help us create a plan that works well from the very beginning.

Back to Top


Most admissions to the Rehabilitation Unit are arranged following referral by an attending physician. Your physician will evaluate you fully before making this referral.

When you come from another hospital out of town, you and/or your family are asked to stop at the Registration Department. This area is located in the new patient tower right off the main lobby.

Our Admission personnel will help you complete the necessary admission forms.

Back to Top

Home away from home

The Rehabilitation staff makes every effort to create a warm, friendly atmosphere where you'll feel comfortable, yet challenged to improve yourself.

Our 12-bed Medical Rehabilitation Unit, is a spacious, modern facility that's attractively decorated. The unit includes patient rooms, a nurses' station, a kitchen and a dining room. The dining room is used for bingo, dominos, group therapy, crafts and a variety of other recreational activities.

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, Chaplaincy, Recreational Therapy and Speech/Audiology facilities are adjacent to the nursing unit.

Because we're part of a full-service medical center, we offer the complete range of facilities needed to ensure your health and safety while you participate in our program. Our highly respected medical staff represents every major medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty, assuring individualized care regardless of your medical problem.

Back to Top


On your first day in Rehab, you and your family will receive an orientation by our staff. This session is designed to help you and your family understand the goals of the rehabilitation program and to introduce you to the unit's routine and environment.

Back to Top

A typical day

Getting well often takes lots of time and effort, so we plan each day you're here to accomplish the most possible. All patients are expected to participate in three hours of therapy each day. Rest periods are provided between therapies as needed.

At the end of each day, you can expect to be tired. But we won't let you become bored.

The first therapy of the day is usually Activities of Daily Living, called "ADL". It is conducted in your room by an Occupational Therapist (OT) who shows you how to take care of yourself. This session usually includes bathing, grooming and dressing.

Our nursing staff is familiar with these ADL activities, and your family will have the opportunity to learn them and help you as well.

Physical therapy (PT) is next in the PT gymnasium, following by additional OT. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. in the dining room, with OT and PT scheduled again in the afternoon.

If you need speech therapy, your speech/language pathologist will see you to address speech, language, swallowing, memory, or cognitive issues. Rounds made by your physician and nurse supervisor are scheduled around therapies. Your therapy schedule is posted on the board near the nurses' station.

Dinner is served between 5 and 6 p.m. in the dining room.

Throughout your stay at Salina Regional Health Center, nursing is critical to your rehabilitation process. Your nursing care is coordinated with other therapies and activities, all aimed at helping you become more independent.

Back to Top

Clothing and grooming

You'll spend most of your day up and out of your room. You should wear comfortable, loose fitting pants and shirts. You need to be free to move during exercise and mobility training. Underwear, socks and comfortable, low-heeled shoes are essential.

Please label your clothing with your name and bring enough for 2-4 days. Be sure to include sleepwear, robe and slippers. Personal grooming items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and brush, denture cleaner, deodorants, shampoo are available. You may bring your own if you would like.

Please bring your eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aid and any other special equipment you normally use at home, such as a wheelchair, walker, brace, or prosthesis.

Back to Top

Family involvement

Because the goal of rehabilitation is to enable you to return home if possible, your family is a crucial part of the process.

Back to Top

Family education

Family members are encouraged to attend certain scheduled therapy sessions and participate in education provided by our nursing staff and therapists. These sessions help your family and friends learn what you can do for yourself and how they can help with your special needs.

Family members or friends may observe in therapy at anytime. This lets your family know how you're progressing and gives them an opportunity to talk about their concerns with your therapist.

All therapies are located on the same floor as the patient rooms, just down the hallway from the nurses' station.

Back to Top

Family conference

Patients and families/friends are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process by asking questions and telling team members about goals they'd like to achieve.

Back to Top

Team conference

Team conferences are held twice per week (Monday and Thursday). This is a meeting where staff meet to discuss your progress and make discharge plans. Your doctor and clinical coordinator will discuss the results of these meetings with you when they make rounds. The case manager will help you prepare for any special needs you may have when you return home.

If you, your family or friends have questions about your rehabilitation, your doctor or case manager can answer questions. A chaplain is also available to meet with you, your family and friends to discuss any concerns about your recovery and adjustment.

Back to Top

Community re-integration

As your rehabilitation program progresses, a therapeutic pass may be utilized. This gives your family and friends an opportunity to become actively involved in your rehabilitation. You and your family will be asked to give us input on how your pass went.

You may also be encouraged to participate in a community re-integration program, such as shopping, recreation or eating out, according to your therapists' requests.

These activities enable you to apply what you've learned in therapy to realistic home and community settings. Activities are always tailored to your needs to help you begin interacting with others again.

Back to Top


Clinical dietitians, in conjunction with your doctor, determine a balanced diet that will help promote your recovery. A dietitian is available to help you with any special food preferences.

Patients usually dine together in the unit's dining room for all meals.

Every morning, you will have the opportunity to choose the next day's meals by filling out a menu. If you need help completing your menu, feel free to ask the Rehab staff.

Back to Top


For the convenience of your family and friends, a full-service cafeteria and grill are located in the basement of the patient tower, just off the main lobby.

Arrangements may be made for your family to eat some meals with you in the Rehab Unit. Your nurse can help you make these arrangements.

Get more information about our Cafeteria and menus.

Back to Top

Preparing for discharge

Preparations for your discharge being early in your stay and continue until you leave the hospital. The Rehabilitation Team works with you and your family to help you plan for any continuing care following discharge.

Home programs, home health visits, outpatient serves and follow-up visits will be arranged according to individual need. All these services are designed to help you and your family become comfortable and confident about returning to your community. You and your family will know your discharge date in advance.

Back to Top

Outpatient and follow-up care

The Rehabilitation Unit offers a full range of rehabilitative serves for outpatients. You may benefit form these services either immediately after dismissal for short-term therapy or on an ongoing basis.

If you're from outside the Salina community, we make every effort to refer you back to your home community for additional therapies and services. To help assure continuity of care, information on your rehabilitation progress will be sent to your family physician.

Back to Top

Balance and Fall Prevention

At Salina Regional Health Center's Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic we offer specialty care for individuals who have experienced loss of balance or recent falls. Our therapists, in consultation with your physician, will assess your posture, balance, strength, walking pattern, joint flexibility, vision, cognition, and conduct an interview with you regarding your home environment. After we determine what is impairing your balance, our therapists will design an individualized program of therapeutic exercises, including specific strengthening and balance exercise, gait retraining and safety education.

If needed, our therapists can help you with your assistive device for walking such as canes, crutches or walkers and also make appropriate home adaptation recommendations like bathroom safety equipment.

Falls are one of the leading causes of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors' safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through fall risk assessments, practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

Preventing Falls In The Home
Check your risk for falling

Back to Top


Your family and friends are welcome at the Rehabilitation Unit. Because of our intense therapy schedule, visiting in the late afternoon or evening may be preferable.

Please let your family and friends know about these visiting hours, since improvement frequently depends upon your ability to work without interruption.

Back to Top


Chaplain — A specially trained chaplain is available 24-hours a day for patients and families. Special non-denominational services are offered regularly for Rehab patients. Or dial "0" to ask the operator to contact a chaplain for you.

Family lodging — The Rebecca A. Morrison House close to the hospital is available for family members to stay free of charge.

Gift Shop — Salina Regional Health Center Auxiliary operates a well-stocked gift shop in the main lobby of the patient tower.

Laundry — The Rehab Unit has its own laundry facilities for use by patients and families. Personal laundry is the responsibility of patients and families when possible.

Newspapers — A newspaper is available in the dining room every morning.

Parking — Families and visitors are encouraged to park in the parking garage, located across the street and adjacent to the patient tower.

Telephone — All rooms are equipped with telephones at no extra charge. Our phone system allows your family and friends to reach your bedside phone by dialing you director, (785) 452-7(your room number). Please ask family and friends to call between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The phone number for the nursing unit is (785) 452-7731.

To place an outgoing local call, dial "9" followed by the number.

If you need help or wish to make a long distance call, dial the hospital operator ("0"). Long distance calls may not be charged to your hospital bill.

Television — Color televisions are provided in all patient rooms. In addition to regular network programming, you may also watch educational programs.

Back to Top


Alcohol & Drugs — You and your visitors are strictly forbidden from bringing drugs or alcoholic beverages inside the hospital.

Fire Drills — The hospital is required by law to hold unannounced fire drills. During the drills, your nurse will temporarily close your door and ask your visitors to remain in your room. If you're in a hallway during a drill, please return to your room. If you're in a therapy department, you should follow the therapist's instructions.

Smoking — To help assure all patients' safety and comfort, no smoking is allowed in the hospital or its grounds outdoors.

Valuables — You will need some personal items while you are here, but please keep all valuables at home. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for loss or theft of valuables, such as jewelry or money, from your room. However, you may store your valuables with the Cashier's Office for safekeeping.

Back to Top


Medical Rehabilitation serves are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. All insurance is filed by Salina Regional Health Center.

When you arrive at Salina Regional Health Center, please bring your insurance identification cards or your Medicare or Medicaid ID number.

While you are a Rehab patient, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation will direct your care. Billing for these services is separate from your medical center statement.

In addition, there is sometimes a need to call in other physicians to evaluate your health care needs. The charges for these consultations are billed by each individual physician's office.

If you have any questions about costs or insurance, please contact Patient Account Services or your Case Manager.

Back to Top

Helpful Phone Numbers

Clinical Coordinator ................................. 452-7770
Dietary .................................................. 452-7171
Nursing Station ....................................... 452-7731
Occupational Therapy .............................. 452-6789
Physical Therapy .................................... 452-6787
Recreational Therapy .............................. 452-6787
Social Worker/Case Manager ................... 452-4165
Speech and Audiology ............................. 452-7818

Back to Top