What Will My Day Include

All staff members at Magee are dedicated to providing you with the best care to meet your needs and goals. It is important that you receive the necessary amount of therapy each day so you may reach your greatest potential during your stay here.

After admission, we will provide you with a schedule outlining your therapy times and assigned therapists for weekdays (Monday through Friday). While we make every effort to keep your schedule consistent from day to day, there may be times that we ask you to attend therapy sessions at the end of your regularly scheduled day or at different times of the day. We may also ask you to participate in weekend therapy sessions. Additional sessions may be scheduled to ensure that we are making progress toward your individual therapy goals.

In the event of a schedule change during the week, we will do our best to communicate changes to you ahead of time. If you are participating in weekend therapy, a schedule will be delivered to your room on Friday and/or Saturday night for the following day.

Therapy

Three hours of therapy (PT/OT/Speech) each day, five days a week
Typical therapy hours are between 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Your therapy may include Recreational therapy, Horticulture therapy and Art therapy as determined by your treatment team.

Case Management

A case manager will work with you and your loved ones to coordinate care during your stay and after your discharge.

Medical Services

An attending physician will coordinate your care as the leader of your rehabilitation team. Resident physicians, nurse practitioners, and consulting specialty physicians may also contribute to your care while you are at Magee.

Nursing Care

Nurses will provide around the clock assistance to ensure greater independence.
Bedside reporting occurs each time the nurses change shifts.
The nurse who is leaving will enter your room with your nurse for the next shift to discuss your treatment plan, care, goals. If you are available, they will answer any concerns or questions you may have.

What to expect

  • Introduction to your nurse
  • Review and update of your white board
  • Safety check within your room
  • Discussion of your medical issues
  • Review of your goals for the day/week

Benefits:

  • Immediate knowledge of who is providing care for you on the next shift
  • Information about your care plan and the chance to provide input
  • Opportunities to ask questions, express your preferences, or voice concerns
  • Assurance your team is working toward your goals
  • Assurance of the highest levels of safety awareness

Nutrition and Dining Services

Meeting your nutritional needs is important to help you get stronger and healthier. Magee’s nutrition services staff will help you make menu choices. Dining services staff will assist you by bringing food to your table and will help you as needed. Your family members and other visitors are welcome to eat in the dining room (located on the second floor). Our dining services and nutrition staff will assist with any cultural dietary needs and/or food restrictions.

Meals are served in the dining room on the second floor and patients are asked to dine in the dining room, unless otherwise instructed. Patients who have swallowing difficulties will eat their meals on the patient floor, or in a special dining room (called the Dysphagia Dining Room). In order to decrease distractions to patients who are eating in the Dysphagia Dining Rooms, visitors are not permitted in the Dysphagia Dining Rooms.

Dining Services Daily Hours of Operation

  • Breakfast on your floor between 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Continental Breakfast 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Medication Education

Medication education and pharmacy counseling is available to all patients from our team of pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. It is likely that your medication regimen will change throughout your stay at Magee, as you recover. When you leave Magee, it is quite possible that your home medications will be different than they were prior to your injury, illness, or surgery. We encourage you to ask questions and discuss options with your team at any time. Before you leave, make sure you are comfortable with your medication schedule and that you know how to take your medications. Tools, such as www.mymedschedule.com and a pill box/organizer, may help you organize your medications and remember to take them.

Other Services As Needed

  • Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Specialized wound care
  • Respiratory therapy

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Center, also called Magee’s “Smart Room,” is located in Magee’s Spinal Cord Injury unit. Assistive technology equipment can help patients participate in the activities of daily living. Therapists provide evaluations to identify the best assistive technology for patients. Patients can also use assistive technology to access computers and the internet while at Magee. Please talk with your occupational or physical therapist to learn more.

Magee also provides an Assistive Technology (AT) Suite that is specifically designed for adolescent patients who are recovering from traumatic injuries such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and amputation. Magee serves a significant number of adolescent patients (approximately 50 adolescent patients each year) and is the only rehabilitation hospital in the urban center of Philadelphia that specifically serves adolescents.

The Adolescent AT Suite serves a dual function for our patients: it provides access to life activities that our young patients would otherwise not be able to participate in while simultaneously encouraging young patients to move their arms, torso, head and feet –activities that further strengthen their physical rehabilitation. Importantly, the positive emotional response of young patients to having a room where they can be themselves, explore, play, and socialize will help our patients with the emotional adjustment to being injured and living with a disability.

Art Therapy and Art Studio Groups

Art Therapy is part of our Clinical Outreach Program, and part of the healing process for patients. Individual patients, assisted by the art therapist, use all forms of art and the creative process of making art to improve and enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being. No prior art training or experience is necessary. Please ask your therapist about the days and times for the Art Studio sessions.
Horticulture Therapy and Open Greenhouse

The greenhouse is open on Tuesdays (4-7 p.m.) and on Sundays (1-3:30 p.m.). Join our horticulture therapist to pot a plant, do a project or help in the Greenhouse. Family and friends are welcome. The greenhouse is located on the 6th floor and participation is free of charge.