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Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Inpatient Rehabilitation Program provides short-term, post-acute inpatient rehabilitation services and education for people recovering from an injury or an illness.


Rehabilitation is the process of helping a person achieve the highest level of functional independence and quality-of-life as possible. We specialize in helping patients regain their ability to perform daily tasks, regain cognitive processes and physical function, restore basic life skills and facilitate psychosocial adjustment.


How We Can Help You


The inpatient rehab unit specializes in the treatment of persons with physical disabilities caused by:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amputation
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neurological and/or disabling medical conditions

Goals of Rehabilitation


The goal of rehabilitation care is to provide injury/illness specific care in an intensive setting that offers patients the opportunity to regain abilities to perform daily tasks, restore basic life skills, reclaim cognitive and physical functioning and facilitate psych-social adjustment. Rehabilitation helps restore the individual to optimal health, function and well-being - physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Rehab is the focus of care 24 hours/day.


Creating a Plan of Care


During admission, the team collaborates to develop a complete and individual plan of care to achieve the patient's goals. Regular communication between the patient, family and the rehab team contributes to the continuous re-assessment and refinement of the plan of care. Patients are expected to participate in and receive a minimum of three hours of therapy services daily and work hard towards the goals. The patient and family are instrumental members of the rehab team, providing input on goals, expectations and concerns. Patient and family meetings are utilized to plan for a smooth discharge and reintegration into the community. 



  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech/language pathology
  • Recreation therapy
  • Health psychology
  • Vocational and educational counseling
  • Orthotics and prosthetics