Inpatient rehab length of stay

Patients admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program have an average length of stay of 19.3 days.

What does this data mean?
For 2014, the average length of stay for inpatients was 19.3 days compared to the national average length of stay of 19.5 days. A shorter length of stay demonstrates that our patients completed their rehab program and returned home with their families.

Why is this important?
Treatment provided through our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program helps patients reach a functional level necessary to return home and to the community. The data shows that inpatients at Children’s are able to return home sooner than the national average for similar pediatric rehabilitation facilities.

How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?

  • The team is managed by a pediatric physiatrist (physical and rehabilitation doctor). The team meets weekly to discuss treatment goals and each patient’s progress and discharge plan.
  • We provide therapy seven days a week with a minimum of three hours of therapy a day. As the patient makes functional gains, we adjust the treatment plan as needed to accomplish the rehabilitation goals.
  • Unlike adult rehab centers, we only work with children and teens, so we have the ability to focus on what's important to young people and their families—getting them back home and to school. 
  • Both the patient and family are part of the rehab team and participate in the development of the treatment plan.
  • Our rehab team teaches families how to care for their child during the rehab stay and once their child returns home.
  • Case managers serve as a resource for each patient family during and after the patient’s stay, and they coordinate care at Children’s and as the patient returns home.

Patient length of stay is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). UDSMR compares Children’s to similar pediatric programs in the nation.