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For Patients & Families - Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program?
A program that utilizes an interdisciplinary team of specialists to develop and implement patient specific recovery plans for impairments from childhood illness or injury.
- It is goal-oriented and functionally-based.
- It is hospital-based with a full range of consultant services.
- It is family-centered.
How would my child benefit from a Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program?
- After a complete examination and evaluation, our interdisciplinary team of specialists, led by a pediatric rehabilitation physician, will develop and implement a treatment plan to promote mobility, communication, cognitive awareness, social skills and self-care.
- Every individualized plan is re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
What is the goal of inpatient rehabilitation?
- To assist patients in reaching their greatest level of independence
- To maximize your child’s recovery
Who is on the inpatient rehabilitation team?
- Patient and Family
- A board-certified pediatric rehabilitation physician
- Resident physician
- Physician Assistant
- Nurse Practitioner
- Care Coordinator
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Speech language pathologist
- Social worker
- Child life specialist
- Patient Care Assistant
- Patient Care Technician
- Unit Clerk Assistant
- Educational Specialist
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Child Life Specialist
- OT/PT Therapy Technicians
- Pet therapy
How long is my child’s stay?
- Inpatient rehabilitation is fully customized for each individual patient based on his or her condition.
What are the admission criteria?
- A medically stable patient who is able and willing to actively participate in 3 hours of therapy per day, 6 days per week.
- A diagnosis where the patient is expected to benefit from a comprehensive inpatient interdisciplinary rehabilitation program.
- Established goals that are specific and pertain to improving functional independence.
What are examples of diagnoses served by pediatric inpatient rehabilitation?
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis
- Anoxic Brain Injury
- Brain Tumors
- Cerebral Palsy
- Guillain Barré
- Intracranial Hemorrhage
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Near Drowning
- Post-op Orthopedic
- Spasticity Management
- Spina Bifida
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Transverse Myletitis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
What is my involvement?
- Family and/or caregivers must be willing, able and available to participate in the care and training of your child.
What should I bring to the unit for myself and my child?
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Sweater or light jacket
- Hand lotion
- Medicines you take regularly
- Change for the vending machine
- Entertainment items such as books, magazines, etc.
- Cell phone and changer so that staff can reach you when you are off of the unit
- Journal for writing notes and questions
- Special laundry soap if needed/preferred
- Food of your choice-we have a designated basket in the refrigerator to keep your items
For Your Child
- Athletic type shorts or sweatpants with elastic waist
- Tee shirts or tops (any graphics appropriate for a children’s hospital
- Undergarments (underwear, undershirts, bra, etc.
- Tennis shoes (or shoes with non-skid soles) and socks
- Light jacket or coat depending on the season
- Comfortable PJ’s
- Glasses and/or contacts and containers for safe keeping
- Deodorant, makeup and lotion
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Brush/comb or hair accessories (hair dryer, curling iron, etc.)
- DVD’s or parent approved movies rated G, PG, and PG-13
- Favorite music
- School books and assignments
- Special equipment currently being used (braces or adaptive equipment)
- Special comfort items such as favorite pillow, blanket, stuffed animal, toy, pictures, cups, ect.
Where is the Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program located?
- Texas Children’s Hospital
West Tower, 12th Floor Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Where should I park?
Valet parking is available for Texas Children’s Hospital at the West Tower entrance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a flat $13 charge for each 24-hour period. Other parking options inlcude Texas Medical Center Garages 1, 2, 12, 16 and 21. Visit tmcparking.org for garage rates.
Whom should I contact?
- Autumn McLearen: 832-826-4798
- Kori Josey-Sanders: 832-824-7197
- Tina Phan: 832-826-5633
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Referral Line: 832-826-1248