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Rehabilitation Unit

Our inpatient rehabilitation program is an essential component of the continuum of care provided by the University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Combining the best in rehabilitation, the best in nursing care, and the best in medical management for our patients, the rehabilitation center of excellence helps to treat a wide range of diagnoses related to neurological, orthopedic and complex medical issues.

The Rehabilitation Unit is located on the 5 East Nursing Unit of the University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. We have 18 inpatient beds dedicated exclusively to acute inpatient rehabilitation. Therapy takes place in patient rooms, in designated therapy areas on 5 East Nursing Unit, and in an extensive rehabilitation facility on the Concourse Level of the hospital that includes a simulated living environment, working kitchen and body weight support treadmill training system.

Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation is a process after a life altering injury or illness that allows a person to build the physical and psychological capacity of patients.  A multidisciplinary team determines how to optimize the environment and resources available to the patient to contribute positively to the quality of their life.  The patient is considered a full member of the rehabilitation team.

Our Services

Patients Served
Most of our patients have neurological diagnoses such as stroke, cerebral aneurysm, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, head injury, spinal cord disease, peripheral neuropathy; or orthopedic diagnoses such as hip replacement, knee replacement, hip fracture, or amputation. We also rehabilitate medical patients who have lost essential functional skills due to long hospitalizations for heart disease, organ transplant, or cancer therapy.

We evaluate appropriateness for admission according to CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) criteria that include diagnosis, ability to participate in 3 hours of skilled therapy daily, medical stability, and likelihood that the patient will benefit from rehabilitation. Our Admissions Committee responds promptly with an admissions decision upon receiving a referral.

Our Rehabilitation Process
Each inpatient receives a minimum of 3 hours daily of individualized therapy divided between the morning and afternoon sessions. The mix of physical, occupational, and speech therapy depends on the individual needs of the patient. Patients may also participate in music therapy, spiritual programs, or other group activities depending on their interest and functional capabilities. Each patient is supported by both a social worker and a discharge planner. Our nurses have specialty training in rehabilitation and reinforce the skills that are being learned in therapy in all aspects of nursing care along with a focus on patient education and management of bowel and bladder management. Health psychology sees patients when emotional issues arise. All patients are staffed weekly at the Rehabilitation Team Conference where goals, progress, and discharge plans are discussed. Family Conferences are scheduled when discharge issues arise that require consultation with family members and patients.

Our Accreditation

We are accredited. The University of Illinois Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The Rehabilitation Unit at UI Health has achieved the top (3 year) accreditation from CARF for its standard rehabilitation program. Additionally, the Rehabilitation Unit has been recognized by CARF as a Stroke Specialty Program.