What to Expect

Are you new to Lafayette Rehabilitation Services? The following information is provided to guide you through your first visit and your care at one of our outpatient clinics. We look forward to serving you.

Before Your First Visit

  • Prescription Treatment vs. Direct Access: A physician’s referral is required in the State of Indiana for occupational therapy services as well as physical therapy services for patients with Medicare insurance. A physician can include your family physician, a specialist, chiropractor, or dentist depending on your insurance and diagnosis. For all other insurances, Indiana offers direct access meaning you can self-refer for physical therapy without a physician’s prescription. Call us if you have any questions.
     
  • Appointment Scheduling: Before your first visit, you will need to schedule your initial evaluation at one of our outpatient clinics.
     
  • Insurance Verification: Our friendly and courteous staff will work with you to verify your insurance and our participation in your specific insurance plan.

 

At Your Initial Evaluation

  • What to Wear: In most situations, we recommend that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and sneakers appropriate for exercise.
     
  • Registration Forms: Click on the the Registration Form link to fill out the forms under the New Patient Packet heading at your convenience at home, print them off and bring them with you. Also click on the area that you will be receiving therapy for and fill out that form and bring it with you as well.

    If you do not complete the paperwork prior to appointment, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to allow time to complete patient registration forms. When you arrive at the clinic, our receptionist will greet you and help guide you trhough the necessary paperwork. Following your initial visit, the receptionist will schedule any needed follow-up appointments and collect your co-payment (if applicable).
     

  • Meet Your Therapist: You will meet with a Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist, depending on your diagnosis, who will evaluate your injury or condition, discuss your goals, any specific needs, and then develop your personal treatment plan.
     
  • Your Treatment Plan: The length and frequency of your treatment plan is determined by your specific injury or condition, the physician’s prescription/recommendations, your therapist’s recommendation, your progress and your insurance plan.

 

Regularly Scheduled Appointments
Usually, you will have a few therapy appointments each week. While these appointments may present a temporary inconvenience, these regular visits are critical to your long-term progress. At each visit, you will work with one of our specialists who will instruct and manage your care.

As you progress, new levels of treatments and exercises will be introduced to help you reach specific treatment goals. Following each of your visits, your therapist will meet with you to discuss your progress and answer any questions you might have. During your care with us, your therapist will also communicate regularly with your physician, surgeon and/or case manager to provide timely updates on your progress.
 


Home Exercise Programs

Our therapist often prescribe home exercise programs to supplement or complement your plan of care. These programs are an important part of recovery and will assist you in achieving your goals.