Before patients arrive at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, we want to be sure they know what to expect. Here are some tips to make sure the transition from an acute care hospital to our rehabilitation hospital goes smoothly.
- Have you told your employer you are hospitalized? If employed: Has your employer/human resources department been contacted to decide whether you have or are eligible for disability benefits and whether you will continue to have insurance coverage while you’re unable to work?
- Do you have a primary care physician? If not, please get one immediately for your after-care needs. If you are not sure how to get a primary care physician, please contact your insurance provider and/or see your care manager.
- Please tell your rehab physician, your nurse or the unit coordinator about any follow-up appointments you may have.
- Please make sure that you get a copy from nursing of all of your MRIs and/or Cat scans done during your stay upon discharge from Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. The films are your property.
- Please tell your care manager if there are any changes to your insurance benefits as soon as you become aware.
- Please alert your care manager to any special needs, concerns about insurance or discharge planning needs.
What to bring
Your stay here will be very different from the time you spent in the acute care hospital. Recovery at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is an active process. Your rehabilitation program focuses on therapy and includes exercise and mobility training; therefore, you will wear your own clothing during your stay. It is important for you to wear comfortable clothing—sweat suits and exercise clothes are best. Please mark your clothes with your name in case they become misplaced.
To make your stay as comfortable as possible, you should bring:
- A list of the current medication you’re are taking, as well as any special assistive devices or equipment, including artificial limbs, splints, eyeglasses, hearing aids and dentures
- Toilet articles, cosmetics, shaving supplies
- Underwear and socks
- Pajamas, bathrobe and bedroom slippers
- Loose-fitting exercise clothes
- Sneakers or other low-heeled, rubber-soled shoes
- A coat in cold weather
- Clothes for non-therapy hours
- Small amount of cash for purchases (newspapers, beauty salon services, gift shop items)
Patients should consult Bryn Mawr Rehab staff before bringing hair dryers or any sharp objects into the hospital, including razors, scissors or nail clippers.
Medications from home
Please do not bring any medications (prescription, over-the-counter or illegal drugs) to the hospital. All medication you take while a patient at the hospital have been prescribed by your physician, are dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a trained professional. Patients are not permitted to administer their own medication or to keep personal medications unless approved by their physician.
All medication brought with you from home need to be sent home with a family member or caregiver. If you are unable to do this, alert your nurse and the medications will be checked into the hospital lock box. Medications will be returned upon discharge from the hospital.
If you are concerned that you are not receiving medication you regularly take at home, please ask your nurse or physician.
There is free parking for all patients, families and visitors on the hospital campus, though drivers should be aware of reserved or otherwise designated zones. Patients and visitors should always lock their vehicles. If assistance is needed in the parking lot or on hospital grounds, contact Security at extension 3993.
All patients receive a hospital ID bracelet with their name, hospital number, physician’s name and any other important information. Hospital staff checks these bracelets frequently, and patients should wear them at all times.
There are few important policies for patients, family and friends to keep in mind as they settle in:
- There is no smoking in any hospital buildings, or on hospital grounds
- Because the bathrooms in patient rooms are specially cleaned and equipped for the patient, visitors should always use bathroom facilities that are provided outside of the patient rooms
We recommend that patients do not bring large amounts of money, valuables or items of great sentimental value to the hospital, though a small amount of cash can be useful for incidentals. If patients misplace an item, they should alert the staff immediately and they’ll help to search for it, but Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is not responsible for any items lost during the patient’s stay.
If a patient is transferred to an acute care facility during their stay, we will secure any valuables in a hospital safe until family can claim it.
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socio-economic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We ask that all patients and visitors respect the culture, values and beliefs of all who receive and deliver care.
For a complete guide to your rehabilitative stay at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, view our patient handbook. A copy will also be provided to you upon admission.