In 2011, 95 percent of patients returned home.
What does this data mean?
For 2011, the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) discharged 95 percent of patients compared to 90 percent of patients at national facilities. This means more of our patients were able to return home compared to the national average for other pediatric rehabilitation facilities.
Why is this important?
This is important because our patients have the team, environment and support needed to reach a level of independence where they can begin to reintegrate into their community.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
- We provide therapy seven days a week with a minimum of three hours of therapy a day, including special outings to practice skills and home evaluations to work on self-help skills.
- We work as a team to prepare the patient to return home and to school. Patient and family education teaches parents how to care for their child after leaving Children’s.
- Our hospital teachers work with the family to guide them through the process of returning to school—from elementary school to college. They also work with the patient’s school to provide education about the patient’s condition and needs.
- Age and developmentally appropriate activities and recreational outings help prepare patients to return to everyday life for children and young adults.
- Our social workers identify resources in the community to assist and support the patient and family after discharge.
Patient discharge to home/community is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR).UDSMR compares Children’s to other pediatric programs in the nation.