Admissions – For Healthcare Professionals: Rehabilitation Hospital

How to refer

The admissions process begins with a referral being called into an admissions coordinator at 253-444-3369. A referral can be made from the following sources:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Long-term acute care hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Home health agencies
  • Emergency rooms
  • Family or friends

Once a referral has been made to our facility, a clinical liaison will be sent to complete a clinical evaluation to determine medical stability and appropriateness for admission. Our admissions department will then work with the referral source, insurance company, the physician and the discharge planner to coordinate transfer to our facility.

Admissions criteria

The patient requires a rehab hospital level of care if he/she:

  • Requires active comprehensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment program
  • Requires active and ongoing multiple therapies, one of which must be physical therapy or occupational therapy
  • Can participate in at least three hours of therapy, five days per week or fifteen hours over seven days
  • Is sufficiently stable on admission to actively participate in therapy
  • Requires close medical supervision by a physician with specialized training and experience in rehabilitation
  • Has problems in two or more of the following areas:
    • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
    • Mobility (walking, wheelchair, stairs)
    • Transfers
    • Sphincter control (bowel and bladder)
    • Communication
    • Cognition (memory, social interaction, problem-solving, etc.)
  • Has potential for measurable functional improvement, expected in a reasonable period of time
  • Has realistic goals (goal is to return safely home or a community-based environment)
  • Is not able to achieve independence with self-care, an emphasis shift from patient-centered therapeutic services to patient/caregiver education will occur to prepare the patient for a safe discharge to home or a community-based environment