Measuring Your Progress & Outcomes

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® score 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:

  • Eating 
  • Grooming 
  • Bathing 
  • Dressing your upper body 
  • Dressing your lower body 
  • Toileting 
  • Bladder 
  • Bowel 
  • Bed to chair transfer 
  • Walk/wheelchair
  • Shower 
  • Toilet transfer 
  • Stairs 
  • Comprehension 
  • Expression
  • Social interaction 
  • Problem solving 
  • Memory

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?

Independence day

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.  

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