Our team works across different departments to care for your child as a whole person. A board-certified pediatric physiatrist (rehabilitation medicine physician) oversees the treatment plan and your team may also include: nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, neuropsychology, social work, care management, music therapy, child life, massage therapy, school and chaplain services, and nutrition.
To see if your child would benefit from our program, call our Nurse Care Manager at (816) 802-1200 ext. 19841 or the Rehab Department Office at (816) 234-3970. You can also review our general Admission and Discharge Guidelines or send a Referral Form.
What to expect
The inpatient rehabilitation service is part of the Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus, where your child will have access to all medical specialties and services.
Your child will participate in at least three hours of intensive therapies daily. A typical day may look like:
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Physical Therapy
10 a.m. Occupational Therapy
11 a.m. Speech Therapy
12 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Occupational Therapy
2 p.m. Physical Therapy
3 p.m. School Session
4 p.m. Music Therapy
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Child Life evening activity
Specialty therapy services may include:
Heated, adjustable depth therapy pool
Functional electrical stimulation bike
Lite Gait® body-weight supported device for gait training
Dynavision® for vision training
Tobii® eye gaze systems for assisted communication and environmental access
Access to equipment for wheeled mobility, gait training, hygiene and activities of daily living
Other features of the program may include:
Family meetings to help with goal setting and discharge planning
Therapeutic outings to practice community skills with therapists
Community passes to practice skills in the home with family
Parent care stay, where caregiver performs all cares, to practice skills prior to discharge
For more information on our program: Welcome to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.
The WeeFIM® is a functional scoring system that is considered a national standard for rehabilitation centers. The score helps us track each child’s progress throughout their stay and compare our outcomes with other facilities across the country.
Because we have access to all medical specialties and hospital services, we admit children earlier than other centers (lower WeeFIM® scores). This means your child has earlier access to therapeutic interventions which are critical for recovery and may decrease your overall hospital stay with the same or better WeeFIM® scores at time of discharge relative to other facilities.
In 2020 our kids gained 4 more WeeFIM units during their stay and discharged to home 3 days faster!
|Number of patients admitted
|Average number of days in rehabilitation program
||9 months - 21 years
|Average number of therapeutic intervention hours per scheduled
|Percent of patients who maintained or improved function while in the program
*Therapeutic intervention is defined as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, massage therapy, music therapy, child life and school.
Return to home
|Discharge to home
|Unplanned transfer to acute care in own facility
|Planned transfer to acute care in own facility
*Ninety-five percent of our patients returned directly home, which is greater than the national average of 88 percent.