Select Medical Rehabilitation Units

Providing highly specialized care and advanced treatment that helps individuals rebuild their lives following injury or illness

Select Medical Rehabilitation Units, also known as acute rehabilitation units, are designed to meet an individual’s rehabilitation needs and goals through a range of programs and services. Our expert care and treatment help patients overcome medical, physical, cognitive, vocational and social challenges. Patients in our rehabilitation units regain strength, develop skills and learn strategies to move forward in life.

Select Medical Rehabilitation Units are located within designated Select Specialty Hospital locations.

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Four Focus Areas of Recovery

Helping patients return to life

  • We help patients strengthen muscles that aid in self-care activities and improve balance, coordination and endurance.

    We focus on patient mobility because it can increase:

    • Ability to return home
    • Boost their independence
    • Aid in performing rehabilitation activities
    • Build quality of life
    • Allow them to return home, to work, school, community and resume their daily routines
  • We work on strengthening and controlling facial muscles for speech. We also focus on cognitive exercises to improve patients' ability to find words, communicate with other in verbal and written form, and reading.

    Restoring speech is a key objective because:

    • It provides dignity, allowing patients to participate in their own care, express their wishes and communicate with family members and others.
    • Patients who can speak are less likely to experience depression and anxiety.*

    *Freeman-Sanderson et al., J Crit Care, 2016; 33:186-191

  • We help strengthen muscles to prevent aspiration and improve swallowing, hydration, nutrition and ultimately advance our patients to a normal diet.

    We prioritize regaining the ability to eat because:

    • Safe swallowing increases the variety of nutritional foods patients can eat.
    • A balanced diet prevents muscle loss and enhances the ability to participate in therapy sessions.
    • Regaining the ability to consume everyday foods increases a patient’s sense of independence, quality of life and community since many gatherings center around food.
  • We address cognitive impairments by actively working with patients to improve their thinking and cognition, and by teaching safety strategies and techniques that help with activities of everyday life.

    We emphasize the importance of thinking and cognitive rehabilitation because it:

    • Improves executive functions such as decision-making
    • Enhances the ability to perform daily tasks and routines
    • Prepares patients to return home and regain their quality of life

Conditions we treat

Select Medical Rehabilitation treats patients with a wide range of complex medical, physical, cognitive and emotional needs. This gives us unparalleled expertise and experience to address your individual challenges, goals and hopes for the future.

  • From post-surgical care and prosthetic training to community reintegration and long-term follow up, Select Medical Rehabilitation provides amputees with the individualized care that advances their physical recovery and helps them overcome the emotional, psychological and social challenges they may face.

    While here, patients will benefit from an integrated rehabilitation program that may include:

    • Expert post-surgical wound care and residual limb management
    • Hands-on therapies to build strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance
    • Treatment supported by advanced technologies
    • Functional electrical stimulation to improve muscle activity
    • Pain or phantom limb pain management
    • Wheelchair seating and mobility training
    • Peer mentoring and support groups for both patients and families
  • Select Medical Rehabilitation's brain injury program focuses on improving patients' quality of life. The team works closely with the acute care hospital team to ensure a smooth transition to the next phase in the recovery process.

    Evidence-based best practices are applied to support recovery, including high-touch methods of rehabilitation during three hours of therapy per day, five days per week.

    Treatment is carefully integrated with and tailored to each patient's specific needs and goals. Individualized care plans can help brain injury patients:

    • Maximize alertness and responsiveness
    • Improve sleep/wake cycles
    • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
    • Improve physical function, balance and mobility
    • Manage pain and spasticity
    • Improve vision, speech and/or swallowing difficulties
    • Enhance the skills needed to perform daily activities
    • Overcome psychological and social challenges
    • Return home and resume work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible
  • Select Medical's experienced rehabilitation teams treat patients recovering from a wide range of medically complex conditions, such as:

    • Cancer
    • Post-surgical care for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair and other cardiovascular procedures
    • Fatigue from cardiac conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and myocardial infarction (MI)
    • Frailty from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and asthma
    • COVID-19

    Every patient is different with varied challenges, goals and expectations. Treatment will be tailored to individual needs to help:

    • Restore physical abilities
    • Build strength and endurance
    • Improve balance, coordination and mobility
    • Enhance skills to perform daily activities
    • Optimize independence
  • Learning to live with the progressive effects of neurological diseases can be physically and emotionally difficult. Neuro-rehabilitation specialists understand how challenging this may be for patients and their loved ones. Select Medical Rehabilitation is here to help by providing advanced treatment, strategies and support to best maintain independence and enhance quality of life.

    A range of neurologic conditions can benefit from inpatient rehabilitation, including:

    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
    • Demyelinating polyneuropathy
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Peripheral neuropathies
    • Transverse myelitis

    Every neurologic disease presents its own set of challenges and each patient will respond differently. Treatment is tailored to each patient's needs, helping to:

    • Restore or maintain physical function
    • Enhance skills to perform daily activities
    • Maximize strength, balance and mobility
    • Improve speech and swallowing
    • Handle pain, spasticity or other complications
    • Manage medications
    • Adjust to social, emotional or behavioral changes
    • Improve independence
  • People who have had joint replacement surgery, bone trauma, a musculoskeletal injury or a degenerative joint disease often have limited function and mobility, pain and other complications. The orthopedic rehabilitation specialists at Select Medical Rehabilitation help individuals recover the skills, strength and strategies to confidently resume their daily activities.

    Because every patient is different and has varied challenges, goals and expectations, treatment will be tailored to individual needs to help:

    • Restore physical abilities
    • Build strength and endurance
    • Minimize pain
    • Improve balance and mobility
    • Enhance skills to perform daily activities
    • Avoid complications
    • Optimize independence
  • Recovery from spinal cord injury involves significant challenges and important choices. Where a patient goes for treatment makes a difference. Select Medical Rehabilitation provides comprehensive care focused on advanced treatment, training and support to help restore strength, skills and independence.

    Treatment is tailored to each patient's specific needs and goals and carefully integrated to help:

    • Improve physical function and mobility
    • Develop strength, skills and strategies to perform daily activities
    • Manage breathing and respiratory issues
    • Improve bladder and bowel function
    • Use adaptive equipment and technologies to increase independence
    • Manage spasticity and pain
    • Address any psychological, emotional, social or other difficulties as you adjust to life ahead
    • Return home, to work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible

    While here, patients will benefit from an integrated program that offers hands-on therapy and treatment and extensive education that may include:

    • Manual and gait assisted training to improve circulation and function
    • Functional electrical stimulation to enhance muscle activity
    • Adaptive equipment to assist with self-care
    • Spasticity, respiratory and medication management
    • Wheelchair seating and mobility training
    • Support groups and peer mentorship

    Progress will be carefully monitored and the plan of care will be adjusted as needed.

  • Recovering from a stroke may be one of the greatest challenges a person will ever face. The goal of Select Medical Rehabilitation's comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program is to increase independence and physical function, allowing patients to return home and resume life to its fullest.

    Treatment is carefully integrated and tailored to the patient’s specific needs and goals. Depending on the extent to which the patient has been impacted by a stroke, we will help:

    • Restore physical function and the ability to perform daily activities
    • Increase strength and endurance
    • Improve balance and mobility
    • Reduce speech or communication deficits
    • Address swallowing issues or nutritional concerns
    • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
    • Improve vision deficits
    • Manage emotional, psychological and/or social challenges
    • Guide patients back to home, work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible

    Select Medical Rehabilitation’s highly individualized program will also help to maximize recovery for patients whose needs may be complicated by other existing medical conditions.

Need rehabilitation services? Let us help.

We will work closely with you, and your family, physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Select Medical Rehabilitation for your recovery.