Inpatient Rehabilitation: What to Expect

Recovering from a condition or surgery that affects your ability to perform everyday tasks takes time and effort. We’re here to help. 

Image of a Rehabilitation patient with her physical therapist at El Camino Health

Your journey to recovery begins at the Rehabilitation Center at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos, with a group of highly trained professionals who care about you. We’re committed to helping you get back your sense of well-being and independence.

Our goal is to help you prepare for living outside the hospital again, which can be very challenging. Recovery takes work — perhaps the most important work of your life. However, you can count on the full support of your rehabilitation team. Your needs and goals are our top priority.

What to Expect During Your Stay

During the initial phase of your treatment, you’ll participate in a series of evaluations. Depending on your condition, testing may include physical, functional or cognitive evaluations. These tests help us assess your condition and create a plan that’s based on your needs.

For most patients, rehabilitation includes both individual and group treatment settings. Group sessions reinforce proper techniques, as well as provide support and encouragement from others.

Your care plan will include:

  • A minimum of three hours of therapy, at least five days a week. Therapy sessions will be held at various times throughout the day. We ask that you give your best effort during all activities to assure you get the most out of your rehabilitation.
  • A variety of therapies. Therapies may include physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, as well as cognitive behavior therapy and neuropsychology services to address the psychological aspects of your condition. To complement healing, we also offer art therapy and visits with spiritual care staff.

Going Home

Image of weights used in rehabilitation at the Physical Performance Institute

Throughout your program, rehabilitation staff will keep you informed about your progress and make necessary adaptations to accommodate your needs. Prior to your discharge, your case manager will meet with you and your family to discuss any services or equipment you may need after you leave the hospital. We may even schedule a home visit to identify any potential hazards or necessary modifications.

Our commitment to your recovery extends beyond your hospital stay. You’ll receive a follow-up call about two weeks after you leave the center, and again at three months, to check on your progress and address any concerns.