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The general information below will help you plan for your inpatient rehabilitation care. Let us know your questions or concerns, and we’ll be happy to answer them!

A Typical Day

Therapists and/or nursing staff will help you with daily living skills such as bathing,
grooming and getting dressed. You will be served breakfast (staff will assist and train
you if you’re having difficulty swallowing or feeding yourself). You’ll be encouraged to do
as much for yourself as possible, as this will help the recovery process.

The therapies ordered by your physiatrist will take place mid-morning and mid-
afternoon.

Evenings are spent with family and visitors or in other leisure activities.

Family & Friends

At Siskin Hospital, we believe that family participation and education are essential to
your positive rehabilitation outcome.

Your family or caregivers may be asked to attend therapy for training and education
purposes. These sessions are an opportunity for them to learn and practice the skills
that will be required to safely assist you once you leave the hospital. We encourage an
open discussion of thoughts and concerns that relate to your pending discharge.

Friends and other guests are welcome to stop by after your daily therapies and are
welcome to stay until 9:00 p.m.

Recommended Visiting Hours

Monday-Friday     5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday               3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday                 12:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Meals

In most cases, you’ll receive a menu from which to select your food, and meals are
delivered to your room three times a day. Every effort is made to allow for your food
preferences and religious restrictions and to comply with your medical and texture
requirements. If you are experiencing swallowing difficulties, your family and friends
should not bring you food without prior approval from a Siskin Hospital physician.

The Public Dining Room is located on the first floor across from the Main Lobby and is
open Monday-Friday.

Breakfast                7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch                     11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner                     4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Guest trays are available for a nominal fee and will be delivered to the room with patient
trays. Also, vending machines and a microwave are located in the Public Dining Room.
Credit cards are currently not accepted.

Therapy Sessions

Your therapy sessions may occur in the treatment gyms, in your room or in various
locations throughout the hospital – whatever is best for your rehabilitation. Most patients
have therapy five to seven days a week, including holidays. Two main therapy sessions
are scheduled: mid-morning followed by a break for lunch, then again in the afternoon.
You’ll have a total of three hours of therapy throughout the day. Both the amount and
intensity of your therapy depends on your individual circumstances.

What to Bring

Paperwork:

  • Medical Insurance Cards and/or Medicare Card
  • Any Special Insurance Forms
  • Copy of your Living Will, if available
  • Copy of your Durable Power of Attorney, if available
  • Legal Guardian Document, if available
  • List of medications you are currently taking, if you are being admitted from home
  • Portable Health Profile, if available

Clothing:

  • Comfortable, loose-fitting elastic waist pants or shorts and modest, loose-fitting
    shirts
  • Comfortable, flat shoes that have a non-skid sole. Open heels or open toe shoes
    are discouraged.
  • Underwear, socks, pajamas
  • Sweater or Jacket

We recommend that you bring enough clothes for at least seven days. No laundry
facilities are available.

Personal Care Items such as shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash

Assistive Devices such as dentures, shaving supplies, comb/brush, deodorant,
glasses/contacts, sanitary supplies, hearing aid/batteries, and any medical equipment
you are using: braces, canes, splints, special shoes, etc.

The Following Items Are NOT Permitted:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as herbal supplements. Our
    in-house pharmacy will supply your medications while you are here to ensure all
    medications work well together without negative interactions.
  • Money in excess of $10.00
  • Televisions, stereos, coffee pots, heating pads, and other electrical devices
  • We also strongly discourage you from bringing jewelry or other valuables.
    Although we attempt to ensure the safety of your personal possessions, it is best
    to leave valuables at home.
The Leisure Park at Siskin Hospital

Located adjacent to the Outpatient Pavilion, the Leisure Park at Siskin Hospital is a
peaceful, open-air space available to our patients and their guests. You are welcome to
enjoy outdoor time once this has been cleared with your nurse. You may use the picnic
tables, benches, gazebo, walking/rolling track, and basketball goal. Family pets are also
welcome to visit you while in the Leisure Park.

Tobacco-Free Environment

Siskin Hospital is a tobacco-free facility. No smoking or use of tobacco products is
allowed inside the building or on the campus.

Telephone

Friends and family may reach your bedside phone by dialing 423.634.1+your room
number, or they may call the hospital operator at 423.634.1200. You may also use your
cell phone when you are not in therapy or receiving medical treatment.

Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet is available for use with your personal computer. Please ask the
nursing staff for more information.

Flowers and Mail Services

Flowers and mail sent to Siskin Hospital will be delivered to your room.

Siskin Hospital’s Mailing Address

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
Patient Name, Patient Room Number
One Siskin Plaza
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

Worship Services

A non-denominational worship service is held each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Nursing staff can provide you with service location information. Learn more about
Siskin Hospital’s Pastoral Care services.

Preparing You to Leave

On admission, you will be assigned a case manager upon who will help prepare you to
go home when you are discharged from Siskin Hospital. At least once a week, the staff
working with you will have a team meeting to discuss your progress and plan for your
discharge. Your case manager will meet with you frequently during your stay to keep
you informed about your discharge plans and can make arrangements for your follow-
up appointments, as well as any equipment you will need.

Your length of stay is based on a number of factors, such as your medical and
functional status, your discharge environment / available caregivers and your insurance
coverage.

Learn more about Insurance and Payment Information.

Coming from Out of Town?

Chattanooga, called the Scenic City for its proximity to the Tennessee River and the
surrounding Appalachian mountains, is located in southeast Tennessee and is the state’s
fourth-largest city. Patients come to Siskin Hospital from a wide geographical area and
family may wish to stay nearby. Your treatment team can provide your family with
information about staying in Chattanooga. The Chattanooga
Area Convention & Visitors Bureau also has a wealth of information on local restaurants,
parks, shopping and cultural activities, most of which are conveniently located near the
hospital.

You can find out more from:

The Chattanooga area Chamber of Commerce
Outdoor Chattanooga
The City of Chattanooga