Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

When you have a serious injury or condition, recovery can be challenging. But you don’t have to go on this journey alone. At Providence, we have neuroscience experts, nationally recognized programs and advanced technology to help restore function so you can live as independently as possible. We believe the compassionate care we provide makes a difference.

Why Choose Us for Your Acute Rehabilitation?  

As our patient, you seamlessly transition from the hospital to acute inpatient rehabilitation, where you have access to the therapies you need for a successful recovery – all under one roof. Here are three reasons so many patients choose us for their acute rehabilitation each year:   

You and your family help your care team create a rehabilitation plan based on your condition and goals. The specialists on your team work together to optimize your recovery. They care for your mind, body and spirit to help you live to the fullest.  

A physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, coordinates your care in our acute rehabilitation unit and manages your medical needs. Your team also may include certified rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, dietitians and more. Some of our programs are in teaching hospitals, which have a high level of expertise and are focused on improving patient care by teaching future doctors and therapists.  

We offer the latest technologies and advancements in rehabilitation therapies to help you regain mobility and function. These include robotic walking assistance devices and electrical stimulation devices that help improve your mobility.

Our Commitment to Care

“I frequently tell my patients and their families that it is a privilege and honor for me to be a part of their recovery from a life-altering medical event and to see them improve during their inpatient rehab stay and beyond.”

Paul Chuwn Lim, M.D. - Medical Director of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit

“Providence hospitals provide cutting-edge rehabilitation services, with many campuses also engaged in the latest research as well as training future rehabilitation professionals, including physicians and therapists.”

Greg Carter, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer - Director of the Physiatry Residency Training Program

About Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Patients may benefit greatly from a brief stay in the hospital for acute rehabilitation after treatment for a serious injury or condition, such as stroke, brain cancer surgery or limb amputation. During acute inpatient rehabilitation, your team coaches and supports you as you get used to performing the activities of daily life. These might include dressing, walking, preparing food and bathing. A typical stay in acute inpatient rehabilitation is just over a week, but some patients stay for up to three weeks. Before you move to outpatient therapy, your team will make sure you’re equipped for the next phase of your recovery. In some cases, your team may even conduct a home visit to make sure you’ll be safe.


The goal of acute inpatient rehabilitation is to restore physical and cognitive abilities and to help patients live as independently as possible. Some therapies, such as physical therapy, can help strengthen muscles and improve balance and coordination. An occupational therapist may guide a patient through daily activities, while a speech therapist helps sharpen thinking skills, communication and swallowing. At Providence, physiatrists – doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation – oversee this comprehensive care.

Conditions Treated with Acute Rehabilitation

Your care team may recommend acute rehabilitation for:

  • Amputation  
  • Any major condition causing weakness or frailty
  • Brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac or pulmonary conditions  

Types of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapies We Offer  

Depending on your condition and symptoms, your rehabilitation care team may recommend one or more of the following therapies: 

  • Occupational therapy  
  • Physical therapy   
  • Recreational therapy 
  • Registered dieticians
  • Rehabilitation psychology  
  • Respiratory therapy  
  • Speech-language pathology  

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