Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

At Ingalls

The Ingalls Center for Rehabilitative Medicine is a state-of-the-art 48-bed facility focusing on acute rehabilitation in five primary areas:

  • Amputee

    Our amputee program focuses on healing and preparation of the residual limb, improving functional mobility, and self-care skills while providing emotional support to help you adjust to a new lifestyle. An outpatient clinic is available for follow-up to evaluate and prescribe a prosthesis when appropriate. A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician sees our patients daily.

    For more information or a referral, call 708.915.5082.

  • General

    General rehabilitation emphasizes improvement of functional activities such as mobility and strengthening, as well as energy conservation management and education. This includes maintenance or improvement of range-of-motion and joint integrity, adjustment to functional loss and management of pain and stress. Each patient's treatment plan is tailored to his/her specific rehabilitation needs. Throughout the rehabilitation process, there is close communication with the patient's personal physician, specialist and care coordinator to optimize coordination of the patient's treatment plan. A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician sees our patients daily.

    Conditions that may necessitate general rehabilitation include:

    • Arthritis
    • Pain
    • Cardiac-related events
    • Pulmonary diseases
    • Cancer
    • For more information or a referral, call 708.915.5082

  • Neurological

    At Ingalls, our neurological program emphasizes improving functional activities such as mobility skills and activities of daily living. Neurological disabilities caused by trauma or disease may present severe obstacles to an individual’s physical dependence. Each patient's treatment plan is tailored to his/her specific rehabilitation needs. Throughout the rehabilitation process, there is close communication with the patient's personal physician, neurologist and care coordinator to optimize coordination of the patient's treatment plan. A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician sees our patients daily.

    Neurological conditions requiring rehabilitation include:

    • Parkinsonism
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
    • Polyneuropathy
    • Developmental/congenital disabilities
    • Neuromuscular disorders (motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophies and other myopathies)
    • Abnormal movement disorders
    • Spinocerebellar disease
    • Disorders of the autonomic nervous system

    For more information or a referral, call 708.915.5082.

  • Orthopedic/Spinal cord dysfunction

    Ingalls comprehensive orthopedic program assesses and treats individuals who have suffered a hip fracture or multiple trauma, or undergone a joint replacement requiring close medical monitoring. The program increases a patient's mobility and independent living skills. Throughout the rehabilitation process, there is close communication with the patient's personal physician, orthopedic surgeon and care coordinator to optimize coordination of the patient's treatment plan.

    A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician sees our patients daily.

    Orthopedic conditions requiring rehabilitation include:

    • Hip fractures or replacements
    • Knee replacements
    • Pelvic fracture or major multiple fractures
    • Laminectomy without neurological deficits

    Spinal cord dysfunction conditions requiring rehabilitation include:

    • Tetraplegia (complete, incomplete)
    • Quadraparesis (incomplete)
    • Non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction
    • Neoplasm of spinal column, cord, meninges, or other parts of nervous system
    • Spondylosis or spinal stenosis with myelopathy, radiculopathy

    For more information or a referral, call 708.915.5082.

  • Stroke/Brain Dysfunction

    At Ingalls, we believe that initiating a rehabilitation program as soon as possible after a stroke or any brain dysfunction is critical to recovery. The effects of stroke and brain dysfunction can range in seriousness and lasting disability depending on which brain cells have been damaged. They can cause physical, cognitive, social and vocational changes, and can affect memory, mood and concentration. Functional activities such as mobility and daily living skills are emphasized. Inpatient rehabilitation is the first step to a long process of adjustments and education for our patients and their families. To aid patients in their recovery, our treatment programs are tailored to meet specific rehabilitation needs. Throughout the rehabilitation process, there is close communication with the patient's personal physician, neurologist and care coordinator to optimize coordination of the patient's treatment plan.


    • Cerebral ischemia due to vascular thrombosis, embolism or hemorrhage; aneurysm bleed or repair
    • Late effects of cerebrovascular disease

    Brain Dysfunction

    • Neoplasm (including metastases)
    • Encephalitis, anoxia, metabolic toxicity, encephalopathy, subarachnoid, subdural and extradural hemorrhage or hematoma; seizures or intercranial abscess

    A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician sees our patients daily.

    For more information or a referral, call 708.915.5082.

Because of the comprehensive nature of our program, many of our patients are referred to us from local and Chicago-area hospitals. Ingalls Center for Rehabilitative Medicine has been accredited by CARF – the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – for the following programs:

  • Adult Stroke Specialty Program
  • Adult Amputee Specialty Program
  • Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

Our latest accreditation is the seventh consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF has awarded to Ingalls Center for Rehabilitative Medicine. This demonstrates that we meet internationally recognized standards and commit to continually enhancing the quality of our services and programs while focusing on customer satisfaction.

  • If You Need 24-hour Rehabilitation

    When disability strikes, you can count on the Ingalls Center for Rehabilitative Medicine. Our 48-bed acute inpatient unit helps bridge recovery from an acute hospital admission with a dedicated team of clinicians that works with you to help you achieve maximum recovery. At Ingalls, we believe that you are an active partner in your recovery. From taking that first assisted step to re-entering the community, you will work with our dedicated staff to reach your goals. Your motivation, combined with skills learned from our experienced staff, provides you with tools needed to regain your independence, adapt to new realities and discover new strengths – close to home.

  • Ingalls Specialized Inpatient Rehabilitation Services


    The SaeboFlex allows individuals with neurological impairments, such as stroke, to maximize the use of their hand in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand and fingers. The SaeboFlex is a custom-fabricated orthosis that is non-electrical and purely mechanical.

    The SaeboFlex positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation to perform activities. The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. The muscles in the hand are used to activate the orthosis. An extension spring system assists in reopening the hand to release the object.

    SaeboFlex allows individuals with very little remaining arm and hand function to immediately begin performing task-oriented, grasp and release activities, thereby forming new pathways in the brain.

    Wii Group Therapy

    Use of the Nintendo Wii system technology offers several benefits, including improvement in motor recruitment, dynamic sitting-and-standing balance, reaction time and coordination. This program provides a dynamic, entertaining and challenging option for our patients during their rehabilitation stay. In addition, the popularity of Wii games assists patients in their transition to home, promoting social interaction and a more active lifestyle.

    ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Apartment

    The goal of our rehabilitation program is to return patients to their independent lifestyle. For many of our patients, our ADL apartment prepares them to return home. With a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom modified for accessibility, our patients work with their therapists to improve a variety of tasks in a home-like setting.


    LiteGait is a gait-training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture and balance over a treadmill or over ground. LiteGait creates an ideal environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels. Depending on the patient’s ability, his or her body weight is supported anywhere between 20 to 40% using a harness to make walking easier. This allows them to practice for a longer time period and achieve greater distances.

    Community Reintegration Program

    The purpose of the Community Reintegration Program is to assist our patients in successfully achieving their therapy goals in the community setting. It gives them the opportunity to improve physical, emotional and social potential through the use of therapeutic intervention and re-education.

    To facilitate a successful transition from hospital to home, our Community Reintegration outing is a significant part of our patients’ treatment plan. This allows them to adjust to any limitations they may have and learn how to manage physical, cognitive and social barriers.

    Community Reintegration, however, is only part of our therapy program. It is not in addition to or in place of our patients’ therapy sessions. It gives them the ability to enhance not only their endurance, but also their self-esteem and self-confidence. Patients have the opportunity to practice their therapy in a “real” community setting with therapists right by their side.

    By actually taking our patients out, community reintegration is one of the best ways to prepare our patients for eventual return home and into the community.

    During the community reintegration outing, we emphasize improving functional skills such as:

    • Functional mobility, including negotiation of environmental barriers like curbs, stairs and uneven surfaces.
    • Functional cognitive skills, such as money management, problem-solving, judgment/safety awareness, planning and reorganization.
    • Functional social skills, such as exploring leisure and recreational opportunities for personal enjoyment/self-expression and community.

    Since we leave the building, patients need appropriate outdoor clothing such as a coat, hat and gloves depending on the weather. Patients are asked to arrange for a family member to bring the appropriate clothing before the trip to avoid any delays in trip departure.

  • See All of Our Inpatient Services

    In addition to 24-hour nursing care, our individual rehabilitation program consists of physical and occupational therapy. Speech therapy or neuropsychology is added by the rehabilitation physician's order. Patients follow a rigorous daily treatment program that consists of a minimum of three hours of therapy Monday through Friday, and as needed on Saturday. Sunday is a day of leisure. Because this commitment of time and energy is so great, family members are vital partners in the rehabilitative effort. Our services also include:

    • Functional Mobility Training – to help you learn how to safely perform transfers and use your wheelchair.
    • Gait training – to help you walk with or without assistive devices (braces, canes, walkers)
    • Home Evaluation – to assess your home environment, evaluate your ability to function in this setting and recommend environmental adaptations that may be necessary.
    • Cognitive/Perceptual Retraining – Your concentration, memory, problem-solving skills, judgment, reasoning and general intellectual functioning will be assessed. If needed, specialized retraining with a psychologist and/or speech pathologist will be provided.
    • Dysphagia Assessment – Evaluates and treats swallowing disorders and will be offered if you have experienced a condition that may have impacted his/her ability to swallow safely.
    • Splinting/Slings– Used to alleviate pain, provide support, decrease deformity and/or improve overall function as needed.
    • Muscle/Sensory Re-education – to assist you in restoring voluntary control of movement through exercise and activities.
    • Orthotics and Prosthetics – if needed, braces or artificial limbs will be utilized.
    • Activities of Daily Living – to assess your ability to perform tasks such as eating, grooming, hygiene, dressing and homemaking, as well as upper body strengthening will be assessed. If necessary, adaptive equipment will be provided to improve their function.
    • Speech Pathology & Audiology – to help improve difficulties with auditory comprehension, verbal expression, speech and voice.
    • Bowel and Bladder Training – Helps you regain lost bladder or bowel control.
    • Pain Control – provides specific treatment to relieve pain through medication management, relaxation techniques, massage or by applying heat or cold packs.
    • Psychological Rehabilitation – testing and counseling on the emotional effects of disabilities.
    • Leisure Education – teaches or enhances recreational skills and attitudes.
    • Vocational Rehabilitation – to provide evaluation of your employment potential and provide follow-up assistance if you are planning to return to work.
    • Medication Education – is provided by our nursing staff. Any current or new medications are reviewed with you to assure you understand your medication doses and frequency.
    • Adjustment/Family Support – we provide a family conference and an instructional day to discuss, in detail, your ongoing needs and any lifestyle changes brought about by your disability.
    • Discharge Planning – to help you and your family arrange appropriate follow-up services and resources as needed following your discharge.
    • Community Reintegration Program – to help you participate in activities that occur outside of the rehabilitation unit. Our experienced staff will be assisting you throughout the outing to help you overcome your concerns.
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork

    Our interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts design specific, goal-oriented rehabilitation plans to help you regain your strength and independence. These include physical, occupational and speech therapies, specialized nursing services, nutritional and psychological counseling and care coordination. This care team meets weekly to discuss the patient's goals, treatment plan, progress and discharge needs.

  • Discharge Preparation Day

    Our patients’ families are welcome to spend as much time as possible with them during their rehabilitation stay so they can become familiar with the care they may need after discharge. A Family Conference meeting is held two to three days prior to discharge so our staff can present their discharge recommendations to the patient and family. We work with our patients and their families to make referrals for needed discharge care, support and equipment.

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