Inpatient Rehabilitation at Glen Cove

The inpatient rehabilitation facility at Glen Cove Hospital offers a short-term, intensive rehabilitation program that meets your specialized needs. This comprehensive program enhances outcomes.

Our rehabilitation team provides an individualized, coordinated program. You will be evaluated and managed on a daily basis, and the rehabilitation team meets regularly to discuss your progress.

Our goal is to optimize the medical and surgical management of illness, decrease existing disabilities and increase functional abilities to maximize your independence. The average length of stay on the unit varies, as does each patient's needs throughout the rehabilitation process. We encourage patients and families to be active participants in this process.



The physiatrist is a medical physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your doctor will provide coordinated, comprehensive and integrated care from admission to post-discharge.


The rehabilitation unit offers comprehensive neurologic rehabilitation programs for individuals with disabilities resulting from a wide variety of neurological diseases, including stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome and others. The initial assessment includes an in-depth review of the patient's neurological problem and appropriate diagnostic examinations. A neurologist may provide comprehensive and integrated care for these specific disabilities.

Neuro-Rehab Support Group

This group seeks to provide assistance, education and emotional support for those patients who have suffered a neurological event. This support group isoffered to new and former patients and their family members. The group meets bi-monthly on Tuesday evenings, from 7-8 p.m. It is led by a rehab psychologist and social worker. For further information, please call (516) 674-7895.

Consultative Services

During your hospital stay, the attending physician will discuss your care with your primary physician and/or the specialist who is currently caring for you. If your condition changes, consultants are available in all specialties of medicine.


Certified rehabilitation registered nurses and nursing staff are assigned to care for you on a 24-hour basis. The nursing staff will instruct, guide and assist you and your family throughout your hospital stay. They will implement a plan of care specific to your individual and rehabilitation needs. The goal is to provide patients with the highest standard of care that will prepare them for appropriate and safe discharge.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist will evaluate your clinical and functional status. This clinical evaluation may include an assessment of sensation, muscle control, joint range of motion and cardiac and respiratory status. The functional evaluation determines the status of the following activities: bed mobility, wheelchair mobility, transfers, moving and walking and stair climbing. The information gathered from the evaluation provides valuable data to establish a specific, personalized and superior treatment program for each patient. Patients are active participants in their treatment and play an important role in goal-setting.

An analysis of all of the information gathered, as well as discussions at multidisciplinary team meetings, provides the basis for recommendations for home equipment and after-care treatment programs. A home exercise program will be designed for each patient upon discharge to maintain goals met during the rehabilitation stay. Education is another component of the physical therapy treatment program. Patients will receive diagnosis-specific information to help them overcome any limitations.

The goal of the treatment program is to make each individual as independent as possible. Family members are encouraged to contact the patient's physical therapist to schedule a session of observation and training in the therapy program.

Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist will evaluate your ability to perform self-care tasks and other daily living activities. Activities of daily living include feeding, bathing, grooming, hygiene, dressing, toilet and tub/shower transfers, household tasks and work performance skills. The therapist will also test the functional use of the upper extremities, including muscle strength, range of motion, sensation, coordination and dexterity. The evaluation may include tests of attention span and cognitive/perceptual skills. Treatment sessions focus on problems identified through the evaluation. The therapies may involve splints, assistive devices or adaptive equipment to improve self-care skills and to help maintain correct positioning.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathology services are available to those patients that present with difficulties in swallowing function, auditory comprehension, verbal expression, speech/voice output, reading/writing ability and cognitive-linguistic skills.

The use of radiographic imaging technology and vital stim is offered to enhance recovery from swallowing impairments.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy provides a wide array of activities to meet the social, physical, emotional and expressive needs of the patients in our rehab unit. Participation in programs is optional but encouraged in order to enhance fine/gross motor skills, endurance, cognition, socialization and leisure awareness.

Additional available programs include computer training and animal-assisted therapy (pet therapy).


A psychologist will help in the process of coping with your medical condition and the rehabilitation process. The psychologist will provide emotional support to patients who have sustained physical and/or cognitive losses. Individual counseling, group experiences and family interventions can provide individuals with the opportunity to discuss their concerns and gain support in the process.


For the patient with suspected cognitive impairment, a neuropsychological evaluation is completed to assess the extent and severity of cognitive deficits. These include problems with language, memory and judgment. This evaluation will assist the healthcare team in developing a personalized treatment plan.

Social Work

Throughout the hospitalization, social workers are available to provide crisis intervention, support, education and ongoing discharge planning. When the interdisciplinary team has determined that a patient is medically and functionally ready for discharge, a social worker will speak with the patient and family members to finalize discharge plans. Social workers act as the patient's link between the hospital and the community by arranging for post-hospital care within a safe environment. Plans may include home care services, outpatient therapy, subacute rehabilitation services, help with obtaining assistive devices and arranging follow-up lab work.

Nutritional Services

A good nutritional intake is essential to maintain an adequate and healthy diet. You may experience difficulty eating or suffer a loss of appetite. A registered dietitian is available to assess your nutritional status and make any suggestions to improve your progress. The dietitian is also available to educate you on your recommended diet.

Wheelchair Clinic

Patients who will need a wheelchair at the time of discharge will attend our wheelchair clinic. The patient's needs are assessed and the wheelchair is personalized to order.

Brace Clinic

Patients who require bracing or prosthetic limbs for walking are evaluated weekly by the team, which is composed of a physical therapist, physician, prosthetist and orthotist. The prosthetist and orthotist will design the brace and limb specific to the needs of the patient. The clinic also provides modification or adaptation for those patients who have previously received a brace or prosthetic.

Restorative Dining

A physician, nurse, occupational therapist or speech pathologist refers patients to the restorative dining program, whose purpose is to maximize safety and independence during all meals.

Recommendations for swallowing/feeding and subsequent follow-up will be provided by the departments of occupational therapy, speech pathology and nursing. Patients will dine in a separate dining room where they can receive the supervision and attention they require from members of the rehabilitation team.

What To Bring

  • Clothing: Comfortable clothes that will allow you to participate actively in therapy, such as sweatpants, t-shirts and shorts
  • Footwear: Sneakers or other nonskid footwear
  • Sleepwear: Robe, slippers (rubber-soled), pajamas
  • Personal Toiletries: Shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrush, electric razor, deodorant
  • Additional Items: Glasses, dentures (and care products), books, writing materials, phone numbers of people you would like to call, a small amount of money for the newspaper or TV

We encourage you not to bring jewelry, credit cards or excess cash. The hospital does provide a safe if necessary.

Daily Schedule

Each patient has an individualized schedule that includes two one-hour sessions of physical therapy, one one-hour session of occupational therapy and, if indicated, one one-hour session of speech therapy. Recreational therapy sessions are voluntary, however, they are recommended.

Meal Times

Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.
Lunch - 11:30 a.m.
Dinner - 5 p.m.

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

We ask that visitors do not visit during therapy unless it is a scheduled family training session.

Contact Us

Admissions/Screening Office
(516) 674-7692

Hospital's Main Phone Number
(516) 674-7300

Last Update

July 12, 2011
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