Frequently Asked Questions
To find out more about the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation experience, view
our information packet.
Admission and discharge:
What should we bring from home?
We suggest comfortable slacks or sweatpants, blouses or pullover
shirts, and sturdy walking shoes. Patients wear regular clothes
during the day. Some toilet articles are provided by the center,
but you may want to bring favorite brands or personal items.
Please bring glasses, dentures, hearing aids, or other assistive
devices the patient uses. If any of these items are brought in
for the patient after the day of admission, please notify the
nursing staff so they can be added to the inventory list.
More about what to bring for your stay
What about medications I took previously?
Please do not bring any medication from home unless
you are asked to do so. However, a list of these medications
would be helpful.
Should I bring any spending money?
Not when you're admitted. If you'll need money for
outings, we will give you advance notice.
How long will I stay at the center?
Every patient is different and stays a different
length of time. If you are making progress, meeting the goals
set by your rehabilitation team, then continued stay is
beneficial to you. After the first team conference, the team
will have an estimate of how long you will continue to benefit
from the services the center offers. Your case manager will
notify you of your expected discharge date and assist in
arranging for any further therapy you will need after you leave
What happens if I'm unhappy or dissatisfied with some aspect
of my program?
The center has a grievance process for patients and families. If
there is a concern you would like to discuss, please contact the
program director at 401-845-1600.
Getting ready for home:
How will I obtain the necessary equipment to use at
Your therapists will determine your equipment needs and will
work with your case manager and insurance company to place the
order. This is usually done toward the end of your stay. Some
types of equipment are not covered by all insurance companies;
your case manager will let you know about any limitations in
How will I receive follow-up therapy?
Your rehabilitation team will determine your continuing therapy
needs before you are discharged. Your case manager will make the
arrangements in consultation with your insurance company and
with consideration of the coverage the company will allow.
How will I know what medications to take after I go
Your nurse will talk to you and your family about the prescribed
mediations you will take when you go home. Your doctor will give
you the necessary prescriptions on the day of your discharge. If
you would like to receive your prescriptions before discharge
day, please notify your case manager or nurse.
How will my referring doctor know what happened during
my rehabilitation stay?
Your rehabilitation doctor will provide your referring physician
(and any other doctor you request) with a summary of your
treatment and progress.
How will I get around at home?
You and your therapists will discuss your home setting. A
therapist may visit your home to determine what will be needed
but in most cases a home evaluation is not required. Your
therapists will give you recommendations based on the
description of your home.
Will anyone contact me after I go home?
Yes, you will receive an initial follow up call from
the case manager within a week of discharge to assess your
transition to the community. Approximately three months
following discharge you will receive a call from an agency that
the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center contracts with to gather
information from our former patients. This national agency will
contact you to gather information on your status and your rehab
stay. We use the information gathered from these contacts to
assess our program, compare ourselves to other rehab centers
across the country and make improvement where opportunities
exist. Your feedback is extremely important to the success of
More questions? We're happy to answer any questions you may have;
please contact us at 401-845-1600.