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Length of Stay

The amount of time that a patient is hospitalized at TIRR Memorial Hermann is dependent on the patient’s therapy progress and goals, as well as medical needs. The interdisciplinary care team will meet weekly to review progress against goals and determine the length of time necessary to meet any remaining goals that have been established for the patient.

A patient’s estimated discharge date will be determined during the first week of admission after a full evaluation by the care team. However, during a patient’s stay the estimated discharge date can be moved up or back, depending on patient progress and appropriateness for inpatient rehabilitation.

Criteria to Remain at TIRR Memorial Hermann

For a patient to remain an inpatient at TIRR Memorial Hermann, the following criteria must be met:

  • The patient must require intensive rehabilitation, meaning that the patient must generally require, be able to participate in, and benefit significantly from, at least three hours of therapy per day, five days per week.
  • The patient must require the active and ongoing therapeutic intervention of at least two therapy disciplines(physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or prosthetics/ orthotics therapy), one of which must be physical or occupational therapy.
  • The patient must require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care.
  • Significant practical improvement is expected in a reasonable amount of time.


When these criteria are no longer met, the patient is no longer making progress toward goals, or the patient is no longer participating in the plan of care, the inpatient rehabilitation stay is no longer considered medically necessary, and a recommendation for discharge will be made. Get the Guide to Discharge »