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The Screening Process

Proper screening is essential to the success of the Sanford Bemidji Acute Rehab Unit (ARU).  In order to provide the best therapy possible, and help our patients regain their independence, certain criteria must be met.

Patients need to be medically stable, but require 24-hour monitoring.  They also must be able to participate in the amount of therapy required in the ARU. The amount of physical, occupational and speech therapy provided in the acute rehabilitation unit is far greater than a patient receives at a sub-acute facility, such as a nursing home.

Our patients must have the potential to participate in three hours of therapy, five days a week, require two or more therapies (physical, occupational, speech/language), and must have the capacity for functional improvement.

A Typical Day

During your stay, you will discuss your personal goals with our team. Together, we will develop appropriate objectives to help you reach the highest level of independence prior to discharge. Our focus is to work on functional tasks that are relevant to your daily life.


The day will begin with a nurse waking you up to take your temperature, pulse and blood pressure or give medication. Someone may also come to take a blood draw before
breakfast. Your nurse or occupational therapist will help you with your activities of daily living, including bathing/showering, grooming and dressing before breakfast. You will be expected to dress in regular clothing and shoes, as you would at home. Breakfast is served at 7:45 a.m. on weekdays and therapy sessions typically begin at 9 a.m. Sessions take place in the therapy gym, community integration area or your room.


Lunch is served in the dining room, providing you with an opportunity to visit with other patients. Family is welcome to join you as well. A speech or occupational therapist can help during lunch if you are having problems with swallowing and/or eating.


Therapy sessions start again at 1 p.m. and end by 4 p.m. You will have rest breaks, as needed, during the day. When you are not in therapy or resting, your nurse can offer leisure activities related to your interests. Your doctor, social worker and/or dietitian may stop by to see you during the day. When you are not in therapy, the nursing staff will help you practice the skills you have learned in therapy.


Dinner, leisure activities and visits with your family and friends will complete your day. A reasonable bedtime will help ensure you get the rest needed for the next day’s activities.