Inpatient Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions

Inpatient verse outpatient rehabilitation: What’s the difference?

Inpatient rehabilitation generally refers to physician and therapy services you receive during a stay on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Outpatient rehabilitation refers to services you receive when you are not admitted to a hospital. These services are provided when you reside at your home and not during a hospital stay.

What is a physiatrist?

A physiatrist is a doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrist diagnose and treat conditions using rehabilitation techniques, medical management, and pharmacotherapy. They look at patients holistically to restore function, overcome physical limitations, and prevent impairment.

What will I do in rehabilitation?

What you do in rehabilitation depends on what you need to become independent. You may work to improve your independence in many areas to include:

  • self-care skills such as safe eating, grooming, bathing, toileting and dressing
  • mobility skills such as transferring, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair
  • communication skills in speech and language
  • cognitive skills such as memory or problem solving
  • social skills for interacting with other people

Who benefits from Inpatient Rehabilitation?

To be eligible for inpatient rehabilitation at UPHS - Marquette a doctor must first diagnose you with a condition that requires the services of an acute inpatient rehabilitation program, such as daily rehabilitation nursing and physician care. Then to participate in inpatient rehabilitation you must be medically stable, have functional deficits that can be addressed through rehabilitation techniques, be able to tolerate and benefit from three hours of a combination of skilled therapies, and anticipate to make progress toward functional goals within a reasonable time frame.

How does the staff know my individual rehabilitation goals?

Either prior to admission or at the time of admission, your healthcare providers and therapy staff talks with you and your family about rehabilitation goals and provides necessary information to answer your questions. During your initial assessment and throughout your rehabilitation stay you and your team will discuss; your goals, your progress towards reaching your goals, and any barriers to achieving your goals.

What types of insurance do you accept?

UPHS - Marquette accepts insurance coverage from most providers.

How much therapy will I receive each day?

Your therapy team specifically tailors a treatment plan for you. In general patients at UPHS - Marquette Inpatient Rehabilitation receive three hours of rehabilitation per day at least five days per week. In order to be prepared for discharge, you are expected to use the skills learned in therapy throughout the rest of your day.

How often will the doctor see me?

This depends on your individual circumstances but generally our patients receive daily visits from the rehabilitation physician.

How does the staff know my individual rehabilitation goals?

Either prior to admission or at the time of admission, the institute staff talks with you and your family about rehabilitation goals and provides necessary information to answer questions.

During your initial assessment and throughout your rehabilitation stay, you and your treatment team will discuss:

  • Your goals
  • Your progress towards reaching your goals
  • Any barriers to achieving your goals

Can family members visit me during my stay?

Yes. We encourage family members and friends to visit.

During rehabilitation, you will work with a treatment team that will help you reach your rehabilitation goals. Along with you, your family members and friends are an important part of this team.

Throughout your rehab stay — and especially close to discharge — we invite your loved ones to participate in family training so they will be prepared to help you after you leave the hospital.

What if I need emergency or specialty medical care while I am at the institute?

Because Inpatient Rehabilitation is located within UPHS - Marquette’s hospital, our patients have access to top specialists in a variety of areas and medical services for routine matters and emergency situations.


To make a referral please fax to 906.225.7114 or contact a clinical liaison at 906.361.1034 or 906.360.9939If you do not receive a return call within 24 hours please contact the nursing desk at 906.225.3190.