Preparing for Your Visit
The staff of the Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit (CARU) wants to provide you with the highest quality of care possible. We do this by emphasizing your strengths, not your disabilities. We will help you reach a level of function so that you may resume your daily activities as much as possible.
Please read our handbook (available in three languages) to help you and your family make the transition to the CARU.
At Jefferson's Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit (CARU), we provide patients with medical and rehabilitative care for diagnoses such as stroke, amputation, orthopedic trauma, brain injury, cancer and other complex conditions.
Patient rooms on the CARU may accommodate up to four patients. Rooms are assigned according to availability.
In accordance with hospital policy children under the age of 13 are not permitted in patient rooms and must be accompanied by an adult elsewhere in the hospital. Please discuss visitation options for children with the nurse manger or nursing supervisor. We know that visitors are important to your well-being and recover. Since your therapy sessions are so important to your treatment plan, visiting hours are 4pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and noon to 8pm on the weekends. Your visitors are also welcome to visit you during lunch from noon to 1 pm.
Family training sessions, scheduled by the social worker/case manager, are an exception to the visiting hours policy. For your comfort and the comfort of all patients, please limit visitors in your room to two at a time. Should you have more than two visitors, feel free to entertain them in the Patient/Family Activities Room where there is ample seating.
Since your rest and sleep are important to your recovery, quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am. If you wish to watch television or listen to music, you must use earphones so that you do not disturb other patients. Earphones are available free of charge, simply ask your nurse.
Smoking, the use of alcohol or any non-prescription drugs are not permitted in any hospital area.
For your safety and to prevent the possible spread of infection, a sign may be placed on the door of your room. This will let the staff and visitors know what precautions to take. Your nurse will explain these precautions to you. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please ask.
What You Will Need
Bringing your clothing and personal possessions from home will help make your stay on the CARU more comfortable.
During your stay, you will dress each morning as you would at home. This will help you regain your independence and prepare you for discharge. You will need four to seven changes of clothing including socks and undergarments. For both men and women, loose fitting pants with elastic waistbands (such as sweatpants) are usually preferred since the therapists will be exercising your legs. You may also wish to have a sweater, as it is sometimes cool. Having comfortable but sturdy footwear is important; sneakers or lace shoes are best.
Your family will need to launder your clothing at home. If this is not possible, please speak to your Occupational Therapist (OT) to make other arrangements. Your family will also want to bring your own toiletries such as shampoo, powder, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, shaving supplies and cosmetics.
Your Daily Routine
Your day on the CARU will be filled with many activities that are part of your treatment plan. The day begins at approximately 7am when the nursing staff will wake you and take your vital signs and discuss your activities for the day. During the time before your first scheduled therapy session, the nursing staff will be assisting you with personal care activities and give you any medications your doctor has ordered. Although the nursing staff is there to assist you, you will be encouraged to do as much as possible on your own. This is an important part of your treatment plan. An occupational therapist may also see you in your room to teach you new skills for eating, grooming, bathing, dressing and toileting.
You will have about four sessions of therapy per day, typically two are in the morning and two are in the afternoon. In most cases, you will have two 45-minute OT sessions and two 45-minute PT sessions. Depending upon your needs, you may also receive speech, psychology and recreational therapy. Your therapy schedule is posted your bedside and outside your door.
You may use a wheelchair to get around. If you are not able to manage your wheelchair, the staff will assist you. The nurses will take you to therapy and the therapist will bring you back to your room.
You may have a bath or shower every other day, either in the morning or the evening. Our unit has special shower facilities and equipment that permit even patients with severe limitations to enjoy a shower.
Dinner is served in your room between 5 and 6pm.
In the evening, you may receive additional care based on what your doctor has ordered.