post hospital checklistSelecting a post-hospital rehabilitation center is an important decision. We believe MacIntosh rehabilitation centers are superior, and we invite you to compare us with other central Ohio rehab centers. Tour a MacIntosh center and two other centers using the below selection criteria to assist in making a decision.

2 = Excellent 1 = Acceptable 0 = Unacceptable
A MacIntosh Center Other Center Other Center Questions to Ask
      Rehabilitation and Therapy Services
      Physical, occupational and speech therapy
      Therapy available 7 days a week
      Full-time licensed therapists and therapy assistants
      In-house (employed by the center) therapists
      Experience with your specific condition (cardiac, stroke, joint replacement, etc.)
      Therapy assistive devices specific to individual needs
      Therapy geared toward the needs and tolerance of each individual
      Home exercise program (if necessary) created prior to discharge
      Plan of Care Development and Communication
      Patient and family included in the planning process
      Individual, personalized assessment that takes into account patient needs and preferences
      Therapy geared toward each patient's individual needs as noted in the assessment
      Patients treated with respect and compassion
      Interdisciplinary team works together to plan the patient's rehabilitation program
      Staff performs a home assessment, if needed, to prepare for discharge
      Family update meetings held throughout the patient's stay
      Patient and family receive Care Needs teaching and training
      Patient and family receive medication teaching and training
      Transportation to medical facilities for additional medical services
      Discharge planning services
      Medical Services
      Care directed by a physician
      Care guided by a nurse practitioner
      Registered nurses on staff around the clock
      Optimal nursing staff-to-patient ratio for each shift
      Medication dispensed in a timely manner
      Electronic charting of patient care provided to increase efficiency and prevent errors
      Specific personnel dedicated to wound care
      Clinical programs available specific to individual needs (e.g., cardiac care, orthopedic care, wound or surgical site healing, respiratory care, IV care, nutritional support, restorative nursing)
      Ancillary services (e.g., pharmacy, laboratory, X-ray, podiatry, dental, optometry, psychological, case management) available
      Demonstrated Results
      No or minor deficiencies on annual survey. See the results from the Ohio Department of Health.
      Medicare CMS Star Rating
      Satisfactory customer service ratings and reviews on various directory sites
      Atmosphere, Appearance and Amenities
      Staff friendliness
      Attractively furnished and comfortable common areas
      Clean, fresh-smelling and comfortable rooms
      Patients are well groomed and neatly dressed
      Selective room options—private, semi-private
      Private phone, TV and cable at no additional charge
      Beauty and barbershop services
      Personal laundry services
      Well-maintained grounds with accessible outdoor spaces
      Meal and Dining Service
      Selective menus or alternate meal selections available
      Special dietary needs or preferences
      Option of meals served in dining room or patient rooms
      Customized meals based on medical needs
      Snacks available
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It’s Your Decision

In the end, trust your own feelings in making a decision. In addition to considering aspects of care that can be rated, you may also want to ask the following questions:

  • Can you imagine your loved one being comfortable in this center during a short stay?
  • Did you feel at ease while touring?
  • Did staff answer all your questions during the tour?
  • Was the staff friendly and inviting?

Additional Information

If you don’t have the time or opportunity to tour 3 rehab centers, please feel free to call me at Whetstone at (614) 457-1100. I may be able to provide you with information to help you.

I’ve also included some additional information that may help you make a decision:

The blogs here offer answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about post-hospital rehab.

Our Heart Health centers at Whetstone and Monterey help patients with:

  • Heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Unstable angina
  • Hypertension
  • Pre- or post-cardiac transplant
  • Endocarditis
  • Post myocardial infarction
  • Post CABG
  • Post cardiac interventions
  • Pacemakers

We invite you and your loved one to visit any of our central Ohio rehab centers:

S. Rich WGCCSophia Rich
Whetstone Rehabilitation Center, Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living


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