Inpatient Rehab Referrals

Inpatient Rehabilitation is a 12-bed medical unit located within Nationwide Children's Hospital with full access to all medical and diagnostic services. The Rehab Unit is a comprehensive inpatient pediatric specialty program has been accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) since 1992.

To Make A Referral:

  • Call: (614) 722-8653
  • Fax: (614) 722-8622
  • Email Us

Each referral is evaluated individually according to the needs of the patient and family.

For more information, contact our Rehabilitation Coordinator, Cindy Iske, MS, OTR/L.

Admission Criteria

Learn more about our referral sources, patient population, admission parameters and more.

  1. The child must be medically stable before admission to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
    Common diagnoses considered appropriate for admission to rehabilitation include but are not limited to: brain injury, spinal cord injury (all levels, complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries and all etiologies), stroke, orthopedic, neurological conditions and general deconditioning. Co-morbidities may include tracheostomy, CPAP, Bi-PAP or ventilator assistance.
  2. The child is willing and able to actively participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy intervention 5 days a week. Therapy intervention must include a need for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and or speech therapy.
  3. The child will be able to demonstrate the ability to follow one-step commands.
  4. The child can be expected to make measureable improvements as a result of the comprehensive rehab treatment plan.
  5. The child will have preliminary plans for discharge established. These plans will help the team identify discharge needs (equipment, teaching and training) from day one.
  6. The child’s parents/primary caregivers will have training and educational needs regarding the care of their child.
  7. The child and parent will have goals/needs that could be met by the services/programs we offer.

Insurance accepted: All types of commercial insurance, Managed Medicaid Programs, Medicaid, BCMH and self-pay. Always check with your health plan for the most up-to-date coverage.

Continued Stay Criteria

Patients are continually monitored to determine the ongoing needs and appropriateness of participation in our comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program (IPR). Patients will be evaluated to determine progress towards treatment goals and the necessity of continued treatment. Input from the patient/family and the members of the interdisciplinary team are used to continually update the treatment plan and discharge planning.

A patient is considered eligible for continued stay when:

  1. There is evidence that the patient has reasonable potential to achieve their rehabilitation goals.
  2. The members of the team can document significant and continued progress toward the rehab goals.
  3. The patient and family can continue to actively participate in their care.

Discharge Criteria

These criteria establish guidelines for discharge to home or transfer to the most appropriate level of care. Discharge criteria include, but not limited to:

  1. When the patient has achieved the goals of rehabilitation; caregivers have completed all necessary education and training; and a safe plan for discharge has been established.
  2. When a patient is determined to have no potential to further benefit from the comprehensive IRP.
  3. When a patient reaches a sustained plateau and is unable to make further progress towards rehabilitation goals.
  4. When the patient no longer requires interdisciplinary services to achieve rehabilitation goals or can achieve the rehabilitation goals in a less intense setting.
  5. When the patient experiences a major surgical or medical situation that interrupts or compromises their ability to participate in rehabilitation services, they will be transferred to another service, if deemed appropriate by the attending PM&R and consulting physicians.
  6. When the patient displays behaviors that preclude benefit from a continued intensive rehab program and/or the patient /family are no longer willing to be active participants in the programA non-voluntary discharge from IPR may occur if the patient/family are asked to leave the program due to unacceptable behaviors. If the parents decline and/or refuse, the social worker will identify a plan which might include the next steps of contacting Children’s Protective Services (CPS) of the appropriate county.
  7. When the patient/family exercises legal rights and refuses continued services
  8. When financial resources are no longer available.