Rehabilitation hospitals measure how much help you need to perform basic skills when you first arrive at the hospital.
This is called your FIM® score. One or two days before you leave the HealthSouth hospital, your nurses and therapists will rescore your FIM® to see how much you have improved and how well you have met your goals.
Below are the 18 items measured on the FIM® score:
- Dressing your upper body
- Dressing your lower body
- Bed to chair transfer
- Toilet transfer
- Social interaction
- Problem solving
Setting your goals
Your rehabilitation team will review your FIM® scores with you. Once specific goals are developed, you will work closely with the team to meet them. Things to be considered when setting goals include:
- What are the minimum requirements for you to go home?
- What are the needs of your friends and family?
- What is reasonable to expect, considering your condition?
- What can you accomplish during your rehabilitation stay?
One or two days before you leave the hospital, your nurses and therapists will rescore your FIM® assessment to see how much you have improved and how well you have met your goals.
The FIM® assessment is a clear, unbiased snapshot that will help you and your doctor determine your rehabilitation progress.
FIM is a trademark of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, a division of UB Foundation Activities, Inc.