Frequently Asked Questions
How does Cobalt’s admissions process work?
- Step 1: Call to initiate the referral process.
- Step 2: Patient evaluation – Our experts will evaluate each individual patient’s situation against the criteria for admittance.
- Step 3: Speak with a Clinical Liaison – To discuss your particular medical circumstances, Cobalt service includes assistance with the details regarding travel, logistics and anything else your situation may require.
- Step 4: Contact us to arrange a personal tour.
- Step 5: Complete the admissions paperwork – This process often happens quickly after the referral is made.
Who can make a referral?
- A patient, family member, clinician, physician or claims adjuster can make the referral.
Which insurance companies are accepted?
- Cobalt contracts with multiple insurance and managed care companies and will represent patients in negotiations with the insurance company to ensure admissions on an as needed basis.
What does a typical therapy program look like?
- Each patient rehabilitation program is tailored to suit their individual needs. For example, a rehabilitation program includes 3 hours of therapy a day for at least 5 days a week for patients requiring therapy from a multidisciplinary team (those consisting of 2 or more therapy specialties such as occupational, physical, speech therapy and/or prosthetics/orthotics).
- Patients have access to twenty-four hour rehabilitation nursing staff, which is closely supervised by a physician with specialized training in rehabilitation. This multidisciplinary team supports the rehabilitation goals and provides specialized nursing care.
Who will be treating me at Cobalt?
- Our medical experts are carefully selected to ensure they possess the caring attitude that meets Cobalt’s customer service expectations. All employees complete customer service training to gain our patient’s trust and loyalty.
- Case Management – A case manager will work with patients and their families to ensure discharge from our hospital is well coordinated and that any ongoing care needs post-discharge are met. These professionals keep patients informed of the interdisciplinary team’s treatment goals as well as any special medical or equipment needs along the way.
- Occupational Therapy – Occupational Therapists will assist you with maximizing your independence with activities of daily living such as: dressing, bathing, grooming, eating and functional activities in the home and community.
- Physical Therapy – Physical Therapists will work with you to improve your mobility and strength in order to increase your functional independence with walking, getting in and out of your bed and/or chairs, and improving your balance.
- Physician – Your primary physician will be a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They lead the rehabilitation team and oversee your program in order to ensure that you are able to become as independent as possible.
- Rehabilitation Nursing – Our specialized nurses will attend to your medical needs as well as assist you with skills you are working on in therapy such as: personal hygiene, mobility, self-care and communication. They are there to support you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Speech Pathology – Speech Language Pathologists will help you improve all areas of communication- speaking, comprehension/understanding speech, writing and reading. In addition, they can assist in addressing any problems with swallowing function.
Which treatments does Cobalt Rehab provide?
- Cobalt Rehab provides many different treatment options that are all customized to a patients needs. Our treatment options include:
- Activities of Daily Living Skills Training
- Adaptive techniques & equipment training
- Aerobic / physical fitness training
- Animal Assisted Pet Therapy
- Body Mechanics
- Cognitive/Perceptual Re-training
- Core Strengthening
- Cranial sacral therapy
- Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation
- Energy Conservation / Work Simplification
- Joint manual therapy
- Manual Decompression
- Manual therapy
- McKenzie Back training
- Medication Management
- Mobility Skills – Outdoor mobility courtyard/obstacle course
- Modified Barium Swallows
- Myofascial Release
- Neuro Developmental Treatment techniques
- Neuromuscular massage
- Pain Relief Techniques
- Patient/Family individualized education
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Plyometric Exercises
- PNF-Peripheral Neuromuscular Facilitation
- Postural Exercises
- Progressive gentle stretching
- Soft Tissue therapy
- Therapeutic Activities directed at improving community re-entry skills
- Tone/Spasticity Management
- Trigger Point Release
What should patients bring with them?
- Clothing and Sleepwear – Comfortable day clothes (button-front or pullover shirts or blouses may be especially helpful) including attire appropriate for therapy as well as non-skid, rubber-sole shoes for exercise.
- Toiletries – Complimentary shampoo, conditioner and lotion are provided.
- Personal Items – Patients are welcome to bring any personal items they desire into their suites, such as photos, books or reading materials, or laptop computers, for example.
- Medical Equipment – Any medical equipment you currently use in your home, such as custom devices, splints or braces, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
- Medication – If you need to bring any medication from home, we ask that patients have a medication list ready to discuss with your care team. These also include any over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, supplements, and vitamins that you take at home. All medications—including OTC and vitamins—require a doctor’s order and must be logged during your stay.
What are the visitation rules?
- Visitors may come at any time, yet we encourage patients to coordinate guest visits with their therapists so that they may enjoy your time with visitors while gaining maximum benefit from scheduled therapy sessions. Family is also welcome to stay overnight in the private suite, as the living room area includes a sleeper chair for their comfort. Cobalt offers a private, nurturing and tranquil environment for healing; we ask all visitors to respect the privacy of others.