Inpatient rehab in Idaho Falls

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The inpatient rehabilitation unit at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical enter (EIRMC) offers therapy services for patients who have experienced injuries or suffer from chronic diseases. We provide one-on-one care focused on daily living, hygiene, meal planning/preparation, home care, financial management, public transportation and vocational goals. We have also developed unique expertise in treating stroke survivors, people recovering from traumatic brain injuries and orthopedic trauma patients.

For more information or admission assistance, please call (208) 529-7677.

Conditions we offer rehabilitation for

The goal of our rehabilitation sessions is to help our patients increase their independence and overall function. People who have experienced or are recovering from the following may benefit greatly from rehabilitation:

  • Amputations
  • Brain injuries
  • Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes)
  • Musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries
  • Neuromuscular and skeletal problems
  • Spinal cord injuries and disorders
  • Trauma

Advanced rehabilitation services

According to our average outcomes, our rehab patients are more likely to make greater improvements in their daily living skills and have a greater chance of returning to the community in a shorter amount of time. EIRMC has embraced several technological advances and techniques to improve rehabilitation processes and results. We offer access to:

  • Devices aiding patients with neurological disorders to overcome limb paralysis and foot drop
  • Noninvasive, advanced neuroprosthetic treatment of upper limb paralysis
  • Noninvasive treatment for dysphagia or swallowing difficulty
  • Equipment that holds patients upright while supporting the weight of their body to help with walking activities
  • An independent living transition room to prepare for the environments a patient may encounter outside of the hospital after returning home
  • School/educational support service arrangements

Patients also benefit from a multidisciplinary team of experts who teach patients, family members and caregivers in the care process. These experts include:

  • Physiatrists (specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
  • Consulting physicians from other specialties
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Rehabilitation therapy assistants
  • Dietitians
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Spiritual care and support provided by local volunteer clergy

Close communication and coordination between our team, the patient, their family, a primary care physician and the reimbursement agencies is an essential part of our program. We also work with the patient and family to coordinate additional resources for discharge.

Inpatient rehab referral and admissions

Referrals are made by calling the intake coordinator at (208) 529-7677. Our intake coordinator screens all individuals referred to the program for possible acceptance and placement. After the initial screen, physiatrists review the patient information and medical records to determine if the individual is appropriate for the program.

Physicians, hospital personnel, reimbursement agencies, individuals or their families, governmental and/or private agencies serving people with disabilities may make referrals to our rehabilitation unit.

Admission criteria

There are many different reasons someone may need therapy. Depending on the need, our therapists are available to help. Criteria for admission to our program include:

  • Functional need — An adolescent or adult who needs at least two therapies (activities of daily living, cognition, mobility, etc.) and has the ability to participate and improve in an intense, comprehensive, multidisciplinary program.
  • Medical need — There needs to be a reasonable expectation the patient requires close physician involvement and close nursing oversight.
  • Hospital stay — Not required; can be admitted from home or a medical doctor's office.
  • Therapy intensity — At least three hours per day for five days or 15 hours in seven days (Medicare patients have up to three days to meet these criteria).
  • Age limit — Patients need to be 12 years old and older.

Before admission, our team verifies insurance benefits and identifies what is covered throughout the program, as well as what insurance covers after discharge. We highly recommend family members take an active role in clarifying non-covered services with the insurance company to ensure there are no financial surprises.

Take a tour of the facility

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

To schedule a tour, please call (208) 529-7378.