We offer comprehensive rehabilitation services, including inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, along with other inpatient rehab for people recovering from conditions such as:
- Cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Complex medical problems or orthopaedic conditions
- Neurological disease (such as Guillain-Barré syndrome)
- Neuromuscular disease (such as multiple sclerosis)
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Froedtert Bluemound Rehabilitation Hospital
The Froedtert Bluemound Rehabilitation Hospital addresses the rehabilitative needs of each patient in a healing and restorative environment that offers:
- Fully accessible, private rooms with more than 300 square feet of space and equipped with patient ceiling lift
- Four specially designed, 400-square-foot suites for bariatric patients
- Dedicated stroke recovery and spinal cord units with specialized beds and equipment
- Brain injury care unit with secured and monitored rooms to ensure patient safety
- Large therapy gymnasium featuring state-of-art therapy technology such as functional electric stimulation (FES), upper extremity robotics and the ZeroG® unweighting system for gait training
- A recreational/multipurpose activity room located within each of the four specialty units
- Outdoor healing and mobility garden
- A car simulator to help train patients and families about safe car transfer techniques
- Adaptive kitchen area for relearning skills of daily living
- An ADL “activities of daily living” apartment where patients and families can practice their independence before going home
- Clinical and support services such as radiology, lab, dialysis, food service, retail pharmacy with drive-thru, and 24/7 on-site security
Quality and Outcomes
- 212 patients were treated as part of our general inpatient rehabilitation program.
- The average length of stay was 11.2 days.
- Upon release, 79.7% returned home, while the remaining patients went to a subacute or skilled nursing facility.
- 88.6% of patients are able to perform self-care skills independently after discharge.
- Patient satisfaction with the program is 3.65 out of 4.
Our dedication to high-quality, individualized rehabilitative care has earned us accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Admissions and Referrals
If you know someone that could benefit from inpatient rehabilitation, call our admissions department at 414-805-7373. The process begins with a Froedtert & MCW liaison completing a clinical assessment of the potential patient to determine their medical stability and appropriateness for admission. Our admissions team will work directly with you, the insurance company, physicians, case managers and social workers to coordinate a safe transfer to the Froedtert Bluemound Rehabilitation Hospital.
We encourage family members or a patients’ designated representative to tour the hospital. For more information or to arrange an on-site tour, please contact our Admissions Department at 414-805-7373.
Your Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
By using clinical collaboration and advanced technologies, the recovery team provides a comprehensive approach. The team includes physical, speech and occupational therapists; rehabilitation nurses; case managers; and more. This approach to care, combined with the expertise of nationally renowned Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians, allows patients to achieve their highest level of recovery and independence.
Patients and their support people are also important members of the recovery team. They work with the care team in developing the treatment plan and supporting the patient in achieving their individualized therapy goals. Additional members of the team include:
- Board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who manage the medical and rehabilitation plans of care
- Rehabilitation nurses (RN)
- Licensed therapists — physical, occupational, respiratory, recreational and speech
- Care coordinators — nurse case managers and social workers
- Rehabilitation psychologist
- Vocational rehabilitation counselor
The recovery team meets weekly to discuss a patient’s progress, identify challenges of returning home, find ways to remove as many barriers as possible and discuss length of stay. Each patient and/or support person will receive a summary from the team meeting. A patient’s length of stay is determined by:
- Medical stability
- Progress made towards rehabilitation goals
- Insurance provider and benefits
What You Can Expect in Inpatient Rehab
The goal is to get you home safely, even if you are functioning at a different level than before your injury or illness. We will focus on maximizing your independence with mobility and everyday skills, such as dressing, bathing and learning to use adaptive equipment. Upon being admitted to inpatient rehabilitation, you will:
- Participate in three hours of combined therapy for a minimum of five days per week
- Wear your clothing and get out of bed daily
- Do as much for yourself as possible while being safe
- Use skills learned in therapy, even when not with a therapist
- Work with nursing and other team members during the day and night
- Talk with staff to overcome any worries or concerns about your care
- Take part in “Independence Day” to practice all of your skills before discharge
What to Expect From Us
- Teach you about your injury or illness
- Do our best to manage your pain while minimizing the use of narcotics
- Find ways to remove as many challenges as possible
- Order equipment and supplies (e.g., walkers, wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, etc.)
- Arrange therapies or other services (e.g., home care, outpatient, etc.)
- Schedule follow-up visits with your rehabilitation doctor, if needed
Therapy and Nursing Schedules
Family and friends will be needed to help with therapy and nursing care so you will feel prepared when you return home, and they will feel prepared to take care of you. We will work with you to create a schedule and provide you with a copy of your schedule every day. Your therapy is scheduled for three hours per day, five to seven days per week. Therapy hours are typically 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nursing care will happen throughout the entire day. You will also practice nursing care and therapy skills, even when not with a therapist or nurse.
What to Bring
Patients spend several hours each day out of bed following a personalized schedule of therapy. People should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes. Your support person or family will be responsible for laundering them. Items you will need:
- Light sweatshirt/sweater (elastic or drawstring)
- Comfortable undergarments (underwear/bra)
- Athletic shoes, nonslip with good support
- Corrective devices (glasses, dentures, hearing aids)
Additional personal items to consider:
- Electronic razor
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb, deodorant, etc.)
- Cell phone chargers
- Pictures of family and friends
While you are in inpatient rehabilitation, we want you to be safe. Please follow these guidelines:
- Wear your name band at all times.
- Anytime you stand up or “transfer,” a staff member will need to assist you.
- We will use a gait belt for all transfers and may use a mechanical lift.
- You may use your own electrical equipment, but it must be checked for safety first.
- A bed check and/or chair check alarm may be used to help remind you not to get up without help.
Questions or Concerns
It is important that we meet your needs and that you have an exceptional patient experience. If you or your support person have questions or concerns, please let us know immediately. If you do not feel that you received the answer you need or your concerns aren’t being addressed, ask to talk directly with the nursing or therapy manager.
How Did We Do?
About three months after you leave the unit, you will receive a telephone call from MedTel Outcomes to evaluate your rehabilitation stay. Our goal is to provide care that highly satisfies you. All information collected is confidential and given only to your rehabilitation program team.