Renaissance Skilled Nursing Facility at Sibley Memorial Hospital

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The Renaissance Skilled Nursing Facility is an interdisciplinary rehabilitation program tailored to help people become more independent. It serves as a bridge between acute care and return to home or alternative living, providing a more focused and consistent level of support and attention than what would be available in a traditional rehabilitation setting.

Our mission is to provide safe, quality nursing and rehabilitation care to patients recovering from hospitalization.

The Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Unit is a hospital-based facility governed by the same regulations as nursing homes in the District of Columbia. Under these regulations, daily physician visits are not required.

For admissions information, please call 202-537-4341. Phone hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Who Can Benefit From Skilled Nursing

Many of our residents come to us as the next step after a hospitalization that may have been due to orthopaedic, neurological, surgical or oncological medical care. Our residents come to us from Sibley Memorial Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Suburban Hospital as well as many area hospitals and have been referred for treatment for a specific issue that has interfered with daily activities.

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Your Rehabilitation Team

The interdisciplinary team at The Renaissance works together to ensure you are treated in a holistic manner and can reach the level required to function safely after discharge.

You will work closely with:

  • Physicians evaluate rehabilitation needs, prescribe and coordinate treatment and monitor progress.
  • Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants assist in bathing, dressing, walking to and from the bathroom and completing other daily living activities.
  • Physical therapists focus on strengthening, balance training and mobility tasks such as walking, transferring from one surface to another and climbing stairs.
  • Occupational therapists teach you to safely perform functional tasks, such as bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living and cognitive and home activity tasks.
  • Speech therapists address communication, cognitive and swallowing impairments.
  • Rehabilitative aides provide assistance during the therapy sessions.
  • Dietitians evaluate dietary needs and make diet recommendations.
  • Pharmacists provide access to prescribed medications.
  • Social workers and case coordinators help plan for discharge and follow-up services like homecare and equipment.
  • Activity/recreation specialists organize and promote appropriate activities.

Rehabilitation at the Renaissance

The Evaluation Process

After admission, you will meet with your rehabilitation team so they can evaluate your condition and level of function. You may be evaluated by a physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist, if requested by your physician. The team will assess your needs, and work with you to develop a plan of care and treatment goals.

To receive the greatest benefit from the rehabilitation program, most residents stay a minimum of five days. Some residents achieve their goals in less time but most require more.

What You Will Need to Bring

We ask that you wear street clothes during your stay. Most residents find that loose and comfortable casual or exercise clothes and rubber-soled shoes work best.

Daily Schedule

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All of our residents are scheduled for therapy based on their evaluations and specific needs. Your therapy schedule will be posted in your room each day. The therapists focus on helping each resident increase their strength, flexibility and endurance across activities.

We strongly encourage our residents to complete as many tasks for themselves as possible, with the appropriate amount of assistance or supervision. These tasks may include visiting with family and friends, as well as making use of the recreational amenities available in the dining room/lounge. Active participation is vital to our patients’ successful recovery.

Progress Review

Residents, along with their family or significant others, have the opportunity to participate in their care planning and discharge planning with the interdisciplinary team.

Specialized Rehabilitation Equipment

two therapists help a patient walk with the help of an overhead lift systemClinicians help a patient walk using the overhead lift system.

Our program offers the latest technologies, including an interactive 55-inch touchscreen software that features diverse programs that challenge physical, occupational and speech therapy patients to improve performance and function in:

  • Visual motor tasks
  • Auditory and visual processing
  • Cognitive skills
  • Endurance training

The program is able to gather baseline data and track progress over the course of treatment to improve therapists’ feedback to rehabilitation patients.

Installed in January 2021, the brand new overhead lift system in our rehabilitation gym allows patients to challenge balance, strength and endurance during their physical therapy sessions without the fear of falling! This lift can be used for a variety of patient needs, such as stroke recovery and orthopedic concerns.

Services and Amenities

As with anywhere else at Sibley, at the Renaissance we strive to provide as many of the comforts of home as possible. While the therapy may benefit your body, keeping your mind active and mood positive are important elements for recovery.

Nutrition Services

Residents receive a menu each day to choose the next day’s meals. Other choices are available from alternate and gourmet menus. Snacks and drinks are always available throughout the stay.

Additional Services and Amenities

  • Pastoral care visits
  • Recreational activities including large screen TV, VCR/videos, puzzles, books and magazines
  • Microwave and a refrigerator stocked with juices and snacks
  • Hairdresser (call 202-537-4247)
  • Pet Partner program

Medicare and Insurance Criteria

Admission to the Skilled Nursing Facility is possible when residents meet Medicare and/or commercial insurance criteria. Respite care for residents will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Medicare and/or insurance reimbursement is based on a resident’s progress and their active participation in rehabilitation activities. To ensure that our residents are meeting Medicare or insurance criteria for continued coverage, their need for daily skilled services are continually reviewed. Skilled services mean you require a licensed person to train, teach or care for you on a daily basis. This includes a physical or occupational therapist or nurse.