Rehabilitation and therapy in Idaho Falls, Idaho

The rehabilitation unit at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) provides therapy services for patients who have experienced injuries or suffer from chronic diseases. Since 1989, our physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists have served thousands of patients in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

To refer a patient to our rehabilitation therapy program, please call our intake coordinator at (208) 529-7677.

Given our Level II Trauma Center, the Acute Rehabilitation Unit has developed a unique niche of expertise in treating stroke survivors, people recovering from traumatic brain injury and ortho-trauma patients.

With over 15 years of experience, our rehabilitation center provides one-on-one rehabilitation focusing on activities of daily living, hygiene, meal planning/preparation, home care, financial management, public transportation and vocational goals. We assist the patient in returning to maximum independence in the least restrictive environment.

Our rehabilitation services include one-on-one meetings and sessions that may include physicaloccupational and respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, social workersdietitians and physicians who work with patients to increase independence and function.

Types of conditions we treat

  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and disorders
  • Trauma
  • Amputation
  • Musculoskeletal and orthopedic injury
  • Neuromuscular and skeletal problems
  • Other syndromes, disorders and injuries

Advanced rehabilitation techniques

Eastern Idaho Regional has embraced several technological advances and techniques to improve rehabilitation processes and results. Below are some of our current technologies:

  • Bioness NESS L300 Foot Drop System: The device provides stimulation so patients with neurological disorders can overcome limb paralysis and foot drop.
  • Bioness H200 Hand Rehabilitation System: This is a non-invasive, advanced neuroprosthetic treatment of upper limb paralysis.
  • VitalStim Therapy System: This is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for dysphagia or difficulty swallowing.
  • FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing): This allows for direct assessment of the motor and sensory aspects of swallowing.
  • Biodex Unweighing System: This equipment holds the patient upright while supporting the weight of their body, so that the therapist can work with them on walking activities.
  • Independent living transition room: This patient room is used to help prepare for the myriad of environments a patient encounters outside the hospital. It is furnished much like a bedroom in their own home and is used just prior to a patient’s discharge and return to home.

Rehabilitation program FAQs

Unfortunately, no. Many skilled nursing facilities include the word “rehabilitation” in their titles because they offer therapy services. However, inpatient rehabilitation, like the services offered at our rehabilitation center, is very different for many reasons:

  • All of our patients are followed by a board-certified physician that specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • We provide 24-hour registered nursing coverage.
  • Our care is delivered in a team approach and the minimum amount of therapy provided per day is three hours.

Eastern Idaho Regional measures patient, employee and physician satisfaction on a regular basis with consistently high outcomes. Ninety-four percent of our patients rated their rehabilitation experience as “very satisfied” or “satisfied.”

Our clinical outcomes are also measured on a quarterly basis against a nationally recognized database. According to EIRMC’s average outcome information, our patients are:

  • More likely to make greater improvements in their daily living skills in a shorter time
  • Have a greater chance of returning to their community after their discharge from the hospital

Prior to admission, our staff will verify insurance benefits and identify what is covered throughout the rehabilitation program, as well as what the insurance covers after discharge. We highly recommend that family members take an active role in clarifying non-covered services with the insurance company to ensure there are no financial surprises.

The social worker coordinates activities with the patient’s school, and it is helpful to have school/teacher information from family. Eastern Idaho Regional will work with the school to arrange educational support services for the patient during their rehabilitation stay when appropriate.

Our team will contact the staff at the patient’s current facility, and we will coordinate all the necessary arrangements for the patient’s transition, including getting authorization from insurance (when necessary), accessing medical records and physician orders and helping to arrange transportation.

The patient or the patient’s responsible party must be available at admission to complete the admission paperwork. If not immediately available, our admission staff is happy to fax documents prior to admission so all necessary admission documentation is complete.

We do not have facilities at Eastern Idaho Regional for families to stay overnight. We do, however, have a list of local hotels that offer discounted rates. We also offer RV services with electrical hook-ups for extended-stay families.

Rehabilitation referrals and admissions

Physicians, hospital personnel, reimbursement agencies, individuals or their families and governmental and/or private agencies serving persons with disabilities may make referrals to our rehabilitation center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Our intake coordinator will screen all individuals referred to the program, regardless of referral source, for possible acceptance and placement within the program. After the initial screen, physiatrists will review the patient’s information and medical records to determine if the individual is appropriate for our program.

Criteria for rehabilitation program:

  • The patient is an adolescent or adult needing at least two therapies (mobility, cognition, etc.) and has the ability to participate in and improve with an intense, comprehensive multidisciplinary program.
  • There’s a reasonable expectation that medical management requires close physician involvement and close nursing oversight.
  • The patient has the ability to participate in therapies for at least three hours a day for five days or 15 hours in seven days. (Medicare patients have up to 3 days to meet this criteria.)
  • The patient is 12 years old or older.

A hospital stay is not required for our rehabilitation program. Patients may be admitted from home or the physician’s office

Take a tour of the rehabilitation facility

We encourage patients and family members to take a tour of our rehab facility and observe patient/staff interactions prior to making a decision. Out of respect for our patients’ privacy, please let a staff member know if you would like to speak with a patient or their family about their experience.

To schedule a tour, please call our intake coordinator at (208) 529-7378.