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What to Expect

Below is general information to help plan for your or your loved one’s inpatient rehabilitation care. We are always happy to answer additional questions or concerns.

Daily Schedule

Your day at Mary Free Bed typically will begin between 7-9 a.m. with breakfast. You’ll also get dressed and ready for the day during this time. If this task is too difficult, your nurse or therapist will assist you in getting dressed. Dressing (and daily grooming activities) will become part of your therapy as you gain independence.

During the evening, you may have therapeutic recreation outings or dinners and visits with family members and friends.

Family Involvement

Members of your family, or others who will help with your care when you leave Mary Free Bed, are encouraged to take part in your therapy sessions whenever possible.


Your meals are delivered to your room three times a day. In most cases, you’ll receive a personalized menu so you can select your foods in advance. This includes a list of alternative foods that are available to meet your individual taste.

Once you’re settled at Mary Free Bed, dining may also be available in Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Cafeteria. The availability of this service depends on your diet prescription and must be approved by your physician. This is available for dinner only, Monday through Friday, and lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday. These meals must be ordered in advance and coordinated with nursing and nutrition staff.

Therapeutic Pass

It can be very therapeutic for you to spend time away from the hospital. This may occur through therapeutic outings with recreational or occupational therapy.

Therapy Sessions

Your Mary Free Bed therapy sessions may take place at the bedside, in the therapy gym or outdoors – it all depends on what’s best for your rehabilitation. For most patients, therapy occurs five to seven days a week, including most holidays. After your morning therapy there will be a break for lunch. Therapy sessions will continue in the afternoon. You can expect a total of three hours of therapy spread throughout each day. The amount of therapy you receive and the intensity depend on your individual circumstances.

What to Pack for Your Stay

Below are some items we recommend you bring for your inpatient stay at Mary Free Bed:

• Four-five outfits of loose-fitting clothing that are easy to get on, modest and allow for free movement as you exercise. Good examples include T-shirts with easy necklines or button-up shirts, sweatpants or elastic-waist pants or shorts
• Tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes that tie or have Velcro fasteners
• Socks and underwear
• Seasonal jacket or coat
• Sweater or sweatshirt
• Pajamas (hospital gowns are also available)
• Personal items such as hairbrush, blow dryer, hair products, makeup and electric shaver

Our Policy for Valuables

We cannot be responsible for personal items. Leave or send valuables, such as jewelry or money, home with family members. A nurse can temporarily store them in our safe until your family arrives.

Traveling from Out of Town?

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s main campus is located in Grand Rapids, Mich., on the state’s west side. The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network gives patients throughout the state access to our unique standard of care and specialty staff.

Affordable On-Campus Accommodations
We strive to make the transition to rehabilitation as easy as possible for patients and their families. Your admissions liaison or case manager can offer local lodging options and other helpful resources to ensure families can stay close by and provide the support you need.

The Inn at Mary Free Bed provides comfortable and affordable housing right on campus. The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan also is a great option for families of pediatric families.

Stress-free Parking
Ample free parking is available on our easy-to-navigate downtown campus. We also offer free valet parking for patients and visitors.

Exploring the City
Grand Rapids, the state’s second-largest city, is located in the heart of West Michigan, just 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. Your treatment team can provide you and your family with information to navigate your stay in Grand Rapids. The city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, Experience Grand Rapids, provides in-depth information on local restaurants, parks and shopping. This includes many options located within a one- to two-mile radius of the hospital.

Ask for a referral or call us directly: 616.840.8790
Email: admissionscoordinators@maryfreebed.com