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Below are questions we typically receive regarding our TCU.
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Contact our Admissions Coordinator, Stephanie Dean, at: 401-454-7970 x 561
How long will I stay? Your length of stay depends on several factors, including your physical condition, home environment and type of surgery or illness.
Will I have 100 days? This often asked question is based on the possible benefit based on your condition and other coverage factors. You may have as many as 100 days under Medicare Part A. The assignment of 100 days of Medicare skilled days is increasingly rare. Typically, most “rehabilitation stays” are less than one month. Those individuals who have elected an insurance “replacement” product instead of traditional Medicare will often find the insurance will determine the length of stay on a week to week basis.
Will I have a private room? Our unit contains 18 beds. There are two private rooms which are typically assigned to individuals with serious and contagious infections or other care-giving needs. Steere House follows best practice guidelines in managing room assignments for individuals with infections. We also have eight semi-private rooms. We make every effort to place you with a compatible roommate.
Do the rooms have TV and telephones? Yes, all rooms are equipped with a television and telephone. There is no additional fee for basic services. Additionally, we have WiFi access on the unit and throughout the building.
How often will I have therapy? Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy are available seven days a week. Typically, a person will see a therapist twice a day.
What is a care conference? The lead therapists, nurses, social worker and other clinicians (physician or registered nurse practitioner) meet regularly throughout the week at planned meetings to discuss patient progress and discharge planning. Early in your stay at Steere House, a care meeting will be scheduled with the participation of you and your family. This meeting will be a key step in organizing your goals and discharge expectations. The social worker will meet with you and your family after the meeting to discuss the outcomes of the meeting and to assist in your discharge planning. Additionally, each therapist will review treatment goals with you for clarification and understanding.
Will my doctor be following me at Steere House? Your care will be transferred to a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation and geriatric services. He or she rounds twice weekly and a nurse practitioner rounds five days a week. We will request contact information for your doctor in the community. The information will be used for communication and planning as needed with your doctor after you leave.
What should I wear? Please bring comfortable clothing and shoes that are easy to take on and off. Footwear should be safe, low heels and also easy for you to manage. You will be expected to dress for therapy each day. Physical and Occupational therapy often involve exercise, so dress accordingly. We recommend your family launder your clothing, but Steere House can provide this service at no charge.
How is pain medication handled? Pain is assessed on the "one to ten" scale, just like in the hospital. If you are experiencing pain, please let us know immediately. Steere House welcomes non-pharmacy methods of pain management and may make a variety of recommendations to you for comfort. You will be medicated according to your orders. It is also recommended that you receive pain medication prior to starting therapy.