Rehabilitation Support

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Referral


Two common misperceptions regarding Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital are that only neurological patients are accepted as inpatients and that strict criteria mandate a discharge plan prior to admission. The reality could make a tremendous difference to a potential referral patient.


The patients occupying the 38 acute inpatient rehabilitation beds at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital benefit from a full range of medical and therapy services: rehabilitation nursing; internal medicine and physiatry physician coverage; physical, occupational and speech therapy; neuropsychology; and case management. Most present with neurological (post-stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis) and/or orthopedic (post-trauma, joint replacement, and amputee) conditions.


"We have three physiatrists on staff who lead the transdisciplinary team and care for patients with multiple medical issues during their hospitalizations," says Sharon Basham, MD, physiatrist and medical director of Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. "We treat a

Sharon Basham, MD

Physiatrist and Medical Director,
Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital


wide variety of neurological and orthopedic patients with multiple traumas, rheumatologic disorders, congenital deformities, and amputations, as well as deconditioned patients who require prolonged hospitalization due to sepsis or cardiopulmonary issues."


Referral Process

Although some inquiries are generated by family members or patients, a physician referral is required for individuals currently being cared for in an acute care setting, skilled nursing facility, or private residence.


"Upon referral, a clinical liaison will evaluate the patient and discuss the case with me so that I can determine appropriateness for this level of care," says Dr. Basham. "Once the decision to admit a patient is made, the admissions department will coordinate transfer and other arrangements."



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In addition to providing the only acute patient rehabilitation setting in the Tri-County area, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital offers a full spectrum of outpatient services, extending to aquatic therapy, assistive technology support, and specialized programs such as adaptive driving. More than 50 percent of referrals result in admission. Patients not admitted will be provided with recommendations for alternative therapy plans and may be re-evaluated if the need for specialized therapy intensifies.


"Our nursing and therapy services staff members educate patients and their family members throughout hospitalization," says Dr. Basham. "We also provide ongoing counseling."


That support extends to psychological services geared at helping patients and families cope with lifestyle changes resulting from catastrophic illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.


To learn more, visit the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital homepage.


Admission Criteria

Physicians are urged to refer patients to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital when these conditions apply:

  • The patient needs close medical supervision by a physiatrist.
  • The patient requires 24-hour rehabilitation specialty nursing.
  • The patient can tolerate and is expected to benefit from at least three hours of therapy per day.
  • The patient's program of care includes at least two of the following: physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy.

To refer a patient for inpatient services, call (805) 569-8999, ext. 82317.


Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital inpatient and outpatient services include: