What to Expect

We are here for you, and our focus is to provide you with the appropriate level of care to help you reach your maximum potential. We offer three hours of therapy, five days a week, with additional therapy offered on weekends. Visiting hours are from 8 a.m.8 p.m. seven days a week. Here is what you can expect on a typical day at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital:


Your nurse will start your day with medications and/or treatments needed. Nursing or therapy staff will assist you as needed with bathing, dressing and toileting. Breakfast is served in the dining room. Your breakfast will consist of your choices from the menu that follow recommendations from your doctor and dietician. You will have therapy scheduled throughout the day. Your therapy schedule will be written on the communication board in your room each evening for the following day.


Lunch is served in the dining room consisting of your choices from the menu that follow recommendations from your doctor and dietician. Your nurse will administer any medications and/or treatments as needed. Your therapy sessions will continue into the afternoon. Your schedule can be modified as needed to include breaks. Your nurse will continue to check on you throughout the day.


Dinner is served in the dining room. Snacks will be available as needed later in the evening. The evening is a good time for family and friends to visit and for you to rest and prepare for the next day of therapy. Your nursing staff will assist you with bathing, changing into night-time attire and getting ready for bed.


All patients of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital are expected to join us in one of our dining rooms for each meal. We believe the act of dining in a social setting is an important aspect of our many rehabilitation programs. We encourage family/caregiver participating during meal times, but due to space limitations in our dining rooms, we respectfully request 1-2 visitors per meal when capacity requires this restriction. If you are interested in accommodating a larger party, please speak with your case manager to make alternative arrangements in one of our spacious day rooms.

Patients admitted to our brain injury secure unit may be served in the dining room on the unit or another location based upon your individual needs. This allows us to maintain a low-stimulation environment crucial for recovery from illness or injury.

The menu is the same for patients, staff and visitors. The menu is posted daily in the cafe.

Dining Schedule

Breakfast: 7–8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30–6 p.m.

What to Bring

Items that you may find necessary to have with you during your admission to inpatient rehabilitation include:

  • Comfortable day and night clothes (family is responsible for personal laundry)
    • Pants/shorts
    • Shirts/blouses
    • Underwear/socks
    • Sweater/outdoor jacket
    • Pajamas
    • Robe
  • Safe, comfortable shoes
    • Shoes that you would normally wear while running errands
    • Rubber soles are recommended

Billing and Financial Assistance

Your stay will be reviewed prior to admission and approved based on medical necessity criteria and will cover most services provided during your inpatient rehabilitation stay, as long as you continue to meet criteria. The medical director will evaluate whether you meet these criteria, but this is always subject to Medicare/insurance review. If there are limitations in your coverage, your case manager will discuss these with you, as well as alternative resources to help meet your needs.   

Out-of-pocket expenses that you may incur depend upon your specific insurance coverage, co-payments, benefits and eligibility. Patients may need to purchase durable medical equipment at discharge for use at home. Insurance coverage for this equipment varies.

Cost Estimator Tool

A link to a list of the standard charges for items and services provided by the hospital as required by Section 2718 (e) of the Public Health Service Act is available here.  This list represents gross charges for individual services and does not reflect personalized estimates of hospital charges that may be applicable based on insurance discounts nor is it indicative of a patient’s out of pocket cost. In addition, several factors may affect pricing, including, but not limited to the time of selection, additional expenses such as laboratory or professional fees, and additional services that depend on an individual’s specific health condition.  The information is not intended to be legal, health, medical or professional advice but merely conveys general information.

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