Making progress toward greater independence through therapy is a key reason for your visit to Keck Hospital of USC’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. When you are admitted and prior to leaving our program, 18 activities of daily living are evaluated by the therapists and nurses using an instrument called the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). These activities include eating, bathing, grooming, dressing upper and lower body, toileting, bladder and bowel control, transfers from the bed, chair, tub and shower, walking and/or wheelchair propulsion, stairs and cognition/language.

Getting up out of bed and dressed is an important part of your day, and to reach your maximum level of independence, we expect you to be up in the dining room for all three meals. For your health, hygiene and overall well-being, we will assist you in bathing/showering. Please express your preferred showering schedule to your nurse or occupational therapist. We anticipate you will work hard and do your best throughout your stay.

We understand that, occasionally, your schedule might change due to a scheduled appointment or other unforeseen circumstances. Your therapist will keep you informed of any changes to your schedule. If you arrive in the late afternoon on the day you are admitted, your therapy may not start until the next day. In that situation, you would have three hours of therapy provided on one of the weekend days. Rest periods are interspersed between your therapy appointments.