Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a rehabilitation facility? 

Different facilities offer rehabilitation at various levels of care. Your medical team can help you determine which level of care best meets your needs.

Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center provides inpatient rehabilitation on a dedicated unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center's West Bank campus. Physicians, rehabilitation nurses, emergency response teams, pharmacy, laboratory and other services are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to meet your medical needs. Staff members specialize in providing comprehensive rehabilitation. Therapy is available seven days a week for an average of three or more hours a day.

Nursing homes, transitional care facilities or skilled nursing facilities provide some rehabilitation services, usually at a lower intensity and frequency.

Home care agencies provide limited rehabilitation therapies in your home.

Will my insurance pay for rehabilitation?

Most insurance plans provide coverage for rehabilitation in full or in part, including Medicare and Medicaid. Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center accepts most major insurances. Call our admissions department for more information: 612-273-4277.

How long will rehabilitation take?

Your length of stay will depend on the type and severity of disability you have and your overall medical needs. Your rehabilitation team will work with you to tailor your care and to determine how long your stay should be depending on your progress. Most people stay from seven to 20 days.

Will my regular family physician visit me?

Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center has seven physiatrists (physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) who coordinate your rehabilitation at the Center. In addition, University of Minnesota Medical Center, physicians who specialize in caring for people in the hospital (hospitalists) also may provide care.

Our staff will communicate with your primary care and referring physicians about your care. If your physician is a Fairview physician, he or she can view your electronic medical record to check your progress. When you are discharged from the Center, a summary of your care is sent to your physician.

What is a typical day in rehabilitation like? 

The goal of rehabilitation is to help you gain as much independence as possible to return to your home. We encourage you to move as much as you can. This will help you get back to your normal activity level.

You will have three hours of therapy each day. Depending on your needs, you may participate in physical, occupational or speech/swallowing therapy.
In your free time, you may visit with other patients or visitors, read, participate in activities, watch television or movies. A computer is available for patient use and our facility has free wireless computer access.

What will my room be like?

Most of our rooms are private rooms, a few are double rooms. All rooms have a phone, TV, DVD player and wireless computer access. All rooms also have attached bathrooms. Showers are located across from the nursing station. Tours of our facilities are available on the website.

I am not an early bird. Can my rehabilitation be scheduled later in the day? 

We realize that some people may not feel up to rehab early in the day or may need a rest during the day. We're happy to work with you to develop your therapy schedule. Please speak to your rehabilitation nurse or therapist.

What should I bring to the Center?

We encourage you to dress in comfortable clothing. Plan to wear your normal clothing, including loose-fitting, comfortable clothes such as sweat pants or jogging suits, pants and shirts, underwear and socks, a robe and comfortable walking shoes.

Please leave money and expensive items at home. Label personal items such as dentures, glasses and clothing. Basic hygiene supplies are available at the Center. However, you may bring your own shampoo, soap or other personal items. Please bring a copy of your Health Care Directive (Living Will) and power of attorney papers, if available.

Can I have visitors?

We encourage family members to participate in your therapy whenever possible. Our staff provides education to you and your family to help you understand your diagnosis and to prepare you for return to your community. In order to respect patients’ need for sleep and rest, we ask that visitors come between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Where should visitors park?

The Blue Lot across the street from the main entrance to the 2512 S. 7th St. building is available for visitor parking, 24-hours-per-day seven days a week. When no parking attendant is present, visitors can pay the auto pay station, located in the Blue Lot exit lane. The pay station accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Valet parking is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Gold Parking Garage located under the 2512 S. 7th St. building. You can find metered and free parking on the streets surrounding Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center.

Reduced parking stamps are available at the front desk. Weekly and monthly guest parking passes are available for visitors who expect to return to the Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center several times. Weekly parking passes are available for $33; monthly passes are $75. For more information, contact the parking office, 612-273-7275. Disabled parking is available in all ramps and lots. Emergency call boxes are located in all medical center parking facilities.

Are laundry facilities available?

A washer and dryer are available at the Center for use in therapy sessions. We encourage family members to launder patients’ clothing at home. If this is not possible, please check with your rehabilitation nurse regarding use of the laundry equipment.