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Acute Rehab Patient Information

Welcome to North Kansas City Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit where you’ll find a caring, compassionate rehab team and all the services and facilities you need to reach your rehabilitation goals.

Use the following information to help you prepare for your stay. We welcome your questions and comments on how we can best serve you.

What to Bring

When coming to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, you’ll need a week's supply of comfortable clothing (marked with your initials). We recommend:

  • Loose-fitting shirts or blouses and pants or shorts
  • Sturdy, low-heeled shoes or sneakers (non-skid)
  • Undergarments and socks
  • Nightgown or pajamas
  • Robe
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Hat or cap, if needed
  • Swimsuit, as needed

Remember to bring all necessary personal items, including eyeglasses, hearing aids, cosmetics and toiletries, along with any prior assistive devices such as canes, walkers, prosthetics, reachers or any other adaptive equipment for our team to assess for appropriateness.


Patients are expected to eat in the Acute Rehab dining room. Families are invited to dine with patients. Meals are served at 7:15 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. It is important to keep this schedule to be able to be able to participate in therapy for three hours a day. Visitors may buy a meal in the Hospital cafeteria, the Riverbend Grille on the first floor of the Hospital, or the Seasons Café on the first floor of the Health Services Pavilion. Vending machines are available on second floor near Admitting and near the first floor Health Services Pavilion entrance.


Mail is delivered to ARU rooms each day. Ask friends and family to address mail to your as follows: Patient’s Name North Kansas City Hospital’s Acute Rehab Unit, 4th Floor Room # 2800 Clay Edwards Drive North Kansas City, MO 64116-3281 Outgoing mail can be picked up from your room. Stamps can be purchased at the Auxiliary Gift Shop on 2nd Floor.


Crafts and games, such as Wii, are often used as a part of the therapy. Occasionally, musical entertainment is provided during meals. Group activities are included as part of therapy to facilitate socialization and interaction. A television equipped for VCR and DVD viewing is available for use in the dining room. Rooms are available upon request for family groups and special events. Patients are welcome to bring photos and hobbies such as books, puzzles and laptops. Computers are also available onsite for patient use.

Family Involvement

Families are an important component of your rehabilitation journey. We welcome family involvement in all aspects of patient rehabilitation at the Acute Rehab Unit. Family conferences are available for you and your family to talk about your goals, the progress you’ve made and your plan for discharge. Please contact the social worker on your unit to set up a conference at any time. A temporary home visit, or a home evaluation with a therapist, may be necessary prior to discharge to give you and your family an opportunity to practice new skills outside the Hospital and assess further discharge needs.


Medicare pays for the cost of inpatient rehabilitation, provided admission criteria and continued-stay criteria are met. Normal co-pays will apply. Private insurance, Medicaid and managed-care benefits will be verified prior to admission, and pre-authorization for admission will be obtained. This is not a guarantee of payment. Throughout the rehabilitation stay, Hospital staff will work to obtain continued authorization.

Contact Us

For questions about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816.691.1451; fax 816.346.7216.

Acute Rehabilitation Unit

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