Inpatient Rehabilitation

Aurora BayCare’s inpatient rehabilitation program helps patients reduce physical and cognitive limitations caused by conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury, or loss of limb.

Our six-bed inpatient rehabilitation program teaches patients how to care for themselves and adjust to life changes after an accident or illness. We focus on impairments in mobility, self-care, communication, cognition, and/or swallowing. Our goal is to return our patients to the community so they can live as independently as possible.  We have therapists staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Rehabilitation program goals:

  • To assist each patient in realizing their maximum level of independence in mobility, self-care and communication.
  • To help the patient and family adjust to a new or modified lifestyle.
  • To improve the patient's level of independence in the community after discharge.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center's inpatient rehab unit provides a safe rehabilitation setting. Our unit has an actual neighborhood setting, complete with a restaurant, hair salon, car, full model apartment and a front porch. The high and low shelves, varied flooring and diverse settings all provide the patient with a chance to face real life situations while participating in their rehabilitation therapy.

Referral and Admission

Admission requires a referral from your physician. You must meet the following criteria:

  • Be medically stable and free from monitoring and life support systems
  • Have deficits in mobility, safety, self-care, communication and/or thinking skills
  • Be able to follow simple direction
  • Be willing and able to participate in an intensive rehabilitation program (approximately 3-5 hours of therapy per day)


A successful return home is a key goal for patients in our inpatient rehabilitation programs.

  • The average length of stay in our program is 15.6 days.
  • The average length of stay for patients who sustained a stroke is 14 days.
  • The average length of stay for patients who sustained a brain injury is 15.7 days.
  • The average length of stay for patients who sustained a spinal cord injury is 22.8 days.
  • 57% of our patients were discharged home.
  • 37% of our patients were discharged to a sub-acute rehab setting for further services.
  • 100% of our patients state they would recommend our program to their family and friends.

Note: Data was collected from Q1 - Q2 in 2016.

What our patients say about what most impressed them about our unit:

"Everyone who works in the rehabilitation unit treats you in a professional manner."
"All the therapists treated me like i was a close friend or family member.  They pushed me to my limits, which helped me reach my goals.  My progress has been amazing so far - all because of the therapists.  All my nurses/CNAs were so friendly - they also treated me like I was family."
"The expertise, patience, compassion, and high standard of care of the inpatient rehab unit."
"The Rehab room and all of the props and equipment available to use for my benefit"
"I could not have accomplished the things that I did without all of the help from the rehab unit.  It was a complete team effort by everyone."

After Your Rehabilitation Stay

Inpatient rehabilitation is designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to return home confidently and safely. Your progress will continue once you return home. Reports are sent to your primary care physician and follow-up appointments are arranged as needed.  Outpatient care may include nursing services or therapy, either at an outpatient facility or at home.

If you are unable to return home after your inpatient rehab stay, we will assist you in finding placement at an appropriate facility.


To ensure the highest standards of care, our programs are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as part of Aurora Health Care.

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