IRF Coronavirus Rehabilitation Tools

Faster Discharges, Better Outcomes for COVID-19 Patients

Including expert rehabilitation from the very beginning of a health crisis means better functional outcomes for patients. The International Rehabilitation Forum’s global team of volunteer rehabilitation medicine experts has devised several tools to help hospital personnel and patients dealing with COVID-19 work towards better long-term health and a way to release beds for additional care.

Getting Home After COVID-19 includes the following:

  • IRF in the NEWS!
    • Michigan/IRF Physiatrist, Sean Smith on Covid-19 rehab in the Daily Beast
    • Spectrum News Milwaukee Report on IRF Covid-19 efforts:

    • From our friends at Mary Free Bed Hospital. The first "Graduate" of the Covid-19 Rehab Protocol.

  • For the Media: News Release - International Rehabilitation Forum Launches “Getting Home” Protocols for COVID-19 Patients. #COVIDrehab

  • For Administrators

    • Overview – COVID-19 Rehabilitation Strategy Overview Admin Strategy.pdf
    • FAQs for Media Interviews – List of potential questions for nurses, clinical staff and patients Media Q&A/FAQ.pdf

  • For Medical Staff

  • For Patients

    • Patient Poster – Bedside poster to encourage patient rehabilitation, including a list of activities. Getting Home Poster.pdf
    • Patient Handout – Information for patients and families to consider during COVID-19 recovery and discharge. Getting Home Patient Handout.pdf
    • Getting Home Exercise Video – Patient-appropriate videos that encourage physical rehabilitation even while in the hospital. (coming soon)
    • Getting Home Patient Education Video – Tips and best practices for patients to consider for when they are ready for discharge. (coming soon)

  • Additional Resources/Information


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