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What to Expect

Welcome to Mercy Living Center’s Short-Term Rehabilitation Program. Our number one goal is to return patients to their prior level of function as quickly as possible. Our Rehab Program is designed specifically for short-term recovery following an illness, injury or surgery.


For Elective Surgeries: Pre-referrals for surgeries are encouraged.

For Hospital Transfers: Contact your Social Worker/Discharge Planner and request a transfer to Mercy Living Center-Rehab. Our Admissions Department will make the necessary arrangements for your transfer.


Upon admission patients are evaluated by members of their medical care team, including a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech language pathologist. An individualized care plan is generated and put in place with one goal in mind: returning the patient home to their highest level of function, as quickly as possible. A social worker will meet with the patient on the day of their admission to answer any questions and review any paperwork. A physician evaluation will be completed within 48 hours of admission.


Patients who successfully meet their rehabilitation goals are discharged home. Our licensed therapists may conduct a home assessment and make suggestions for the installation of necessary equipment, such as grab bars in the bathroom and ramps in place of stairs. A typed copy of all recommendations will be provided within 48 hours of the home visit.

Your Care Plan Team:

Your Care Plan Team is comprised of members from several departments within our facility, who work in concert to ensure the most efficient and successful recovery possible. Through team meetings, our professional staff develops and monitors patients’ individualized progress and makes any necessary adjustments to the plan of care.

Members of your Care Plan Team:

  • Board Certified Medical Physician - Mario Tagliagambe
  • Nurse Practitioner - Briana Bowden
  • 24-Hour Skilled Nursing Department - Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses      and Certified Nurse Aides
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Social Services Department
  • Dietary Department
  • Activities Department

Your Daily Routine:

Your goals of returning home are important to us, and in order to meet those goals, we will have certain expectations of you. During your course of rehabilitation at Mercy Living Center, it is expected that you participate to your maximal abilities with your therapies to ensure the best possible outcome.

Your length of stay will depend upon your individual needs and progress toward the goals set by your care plan team.  You can anticipate a typical day to include:

Your morning: bathing, dressing, breakfast, therapy and quiet time

Your afternoon: lunch, therapy, activities and rest time

Your evening: dinner, family visits and personal time

Our Activities Department coordinates a wide variety of activities including entertainment and spiritual enrichment for your enjoyment throughout your stay.

Medical Appointments:

Medical appointments related to your stay will be approved and scheduled by our staff. Per the requests of area physician offices, family members are required to be present throughout the appointment; to offer assistance, to aid in the sharing of accurate information and – most importantly – to be present during the decision-making process. Transportation for you will be provided by the facility whenever possible. If a facility van is unavailable, other arrangements will be made by the facility. Any medical appointments not directly related to your rehab stay will be scheduled for after you have been discharged. 


It is imperative that you have the following items available during your rehabilitation here at Mercy Living Center, as part of your therapy will be working on daily living skills with our therapists (i.e. dressing, bathing, etc.)

  • 3-4 pairs of loose fitting pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts for those recovering from Total Knee Replacement
  • 4-5 comfortable shirts (both long sleeve and short sleeve)
  • 6-8 sets of undergarments
  • 1-3 warm shirts (sweater, sweatshirt, etc.) – regardless of the season, as it may      be cool inside with air conditioning in the warmer months
  • Comfortable sneakers with good traction – these should be your “normal” footwear
  • Slippers with good traction (optional)
  • 2-3 sets of nighttime clothes
  • Eye glasses
  • Hearing aides

Proper attire for outdoor weather (coat, hat, gloves, etc.) – as many patients need to go outside for doctors’ appointments.


Mercy Living Center provides laundry services; if you choose to have the facility take care of your laundry, all items will be labeled at the time of your arrival. You may also choose to have your laundry done by a family member instead.

Visitation Schedule:

We encourage visitors during your stay at Mercy, and our visiting hours are flexible. However, any visitor arriving after 5:00 p.m. will be required to ring a bell at the main door and be admitted by a staff member.