Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Firelands Regional Medical Center provides the region’s only inpatient rehabilitation program, which is a much more intensive program than out patient rehabilitation or rehabilitation at skilled nursing facilities.

Firelands Regional Medical Center inpatient rehabilitation offers an intensive therapy program for patients transitioning from the hospital or after-surgery, for example. Patients benefit from their stay at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center because:

  • Therapy is provided a minimum of 15 hours per week, compared to other facilities, which provide only 3 to 5 hours of therapy per week.
  • Therapies are provided by a consistent staff of physical, occupational and speech therapists.
  • Physicians specialize in rehabilitation medicine (physiatry).
  • Physicians are accessible daily and medically manage patients, compared to other facilities, in which physicians are required to see patients only once a month.
  • Nurses are certified and registered in rehabilitation nursing.
  • Registered nurses are on staff 24/7, compared to other programs, where registered nurses may not be available on every shift.
  • There is one registered nurse/licensed practical nurse and one rehab technician for every 10 patients—far above the state minimum of 1 state-tested nurse's aide for every 15 patients.

Use this checklist to compare Firelands Regional Medical Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation program to other programs.

Rehabilitation Programs

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Amputee Program

Rehabilitation for the patient begins shortly after the time of amputation and continues until the completion of prosthetic rehabilitation. Our program includes both pre- and postprosthetic services. Go to Amputee Coalition of America.

Arthritis—Rheumatoid Program

The most severe form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis requires special rehabilitation services. Our program includes traditional therapy techniques coupled with a focus on diet, exercise and patient education. Go to Arthritis Foundation.

Brain Injury

Sometimes referred to as the "silent epidemic," brain injury can be devastating to the patient and family. Early rehabilitation following a brain injury is crucial in helping patients reach the fullest physical and cognitive recovery. Go to Brain Injury Association of America.

Cardiac Care

While most recovery from traumatic heart attack or bypass surgery is uneventful, prolonged ventilator dependence or critical care stays may necessitate formal rehabilitation prior to returning home. Our program combines the needed therapy with education to maximize functioning. Go to American Heart Association.

Joint Replacement

Rehabilitation needs afterorthopedic surgery vary greatly. Our comprehensive program includes traditional therapy intervention, alternative techniques and pain management to maximize independence.

Neurological Disorders

The Firelands neurological disorders program is designed to meet the needs of those with chronic progressive conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Both physiatry and neurology are used to help patients become more independent and learn to minimize future medical issues.

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The oncology program promotes maximum functioning for individuals with cancer-related health problems within the limits imposed by their disease. Patients may be admitted to the program to increase strength prior to beginning treatment, to promote the restoration of functional abilities after treatment, for supportive patient and family education, or for a rehabilitation trial to clarify goals and potential. Go to American Cancer Society.


Treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions is a short-term rehabilitation program that is individualized to meet the patients' needs, functional goals and extent of injury.

Spinal Cord Injury

Injuries involving the spinal cord are complicated and require the expertise of physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Under their guidance, the interdisciplinary team develops a treatment plan to address the unique needs of each patient. Go to The National Spinal Cord Injury Association.


Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America. The goals of our program are to increase independence, improve physical and cognitive functioning, help the patient lead a satisfying quality of life, and provide education to assist in reducing the risk of future strokes or complications. Go to American Stroke Association.

Interdisciplinary Team

Our interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation services sets us apart from other post-acute care providers. A number of highly trained professionals from a broad scope of disciplines participate in a collaborative approach to rehabilitation therapies. They include:

  • A physiatrist
  • Case managers
  • Dietary and nutritional counselors
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • A neuropsychologist
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists

Insurance Coverage

Most insurance policies, as well as Medicare, cover rehabilitation care (in full or in part) in an acute care setting such as Firelands. Our admissions staff will assist you in understanding what your current insurance policy covers.

Admissions and Referrals

A physician, case manager, social worker or discharge planner can refer a patient for admission to the Rehabilitation Program. Family referrals and self-referrals are also encouraged. A nurse liaison will come to your home, assess your situation and discuss which of our programs might best meet your rehabilitative needs.