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  • The therapy program at United and Abbott Northwestern Hospitals' inpatient rehabilitation programs

    inpatient rehabilitation

    Together with the patient and family, our care team formulates a rehab plan designed for each patient to reach the highest level of performance and accomplish what he or she hopes to achieve by the time of discharge. The patient's length of stay is individualized based on the need of the patient.

    Our inpatient program is well-coordinated and follows a transdisciplinary rehabilitation team approach to care. The Institute provides a healing environment that optimizes recovery. Patients receive a daily therapy schedule that is customized to their needs.

    Generally, patients receive six 30-minute sessions each day, which may include speech, occupational, physical and recreational therapy, and counseling or neuropsychological sessions. The team's treatment plan continues during the weekend.

    Our care team provides a wide variety of services, including:

    • physiatry
    • rehabilitation nursing
    • neuropsychology/psychology
    • care navigation
    • social work
    • physical therapy
    • occupational therapy
    • speech therapy
    • recreational therapy.

    We also offer a variety of specialty services and programs, including respiratory therapy, dietary, spiritual care, community, school or vocational re-entry.

    Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals have the full scope of medical, diagnostic, laboratory and pharmacy services available on site. Doctors respond to emergencies within the hospital and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute 24 hours a day.

    When patients are ready to take the next step in their therapy, they are encouraged to use "home passes," participate in day outings with their families, or stay in the apartment on the unit. These are opportunities to practice new skills and to discover possible issues before discharge.


    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute remains on the cutting edge of advanced rehabilitation technologies. The rehabilitation units feature:

    • private or semi-private rooms. Patients who have medical or behavioral issues and require a private room will be given priority for available private rooms.
    • therapy areas with simulated real-life conditions and equipment
    • a convenient way to purchase adaptive equipment if needed
    • WiFi and Internet access
    • a dining room
    • deck with a therapeutic gardening program
    • laundry area
    • fitness center
    • family lounge
    • a therapeutic swimming pool and technology center

    Typical diagnoses

    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program accepts patients from the age of

    • 16 and up at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
    • 18 and up at United Hospital

    Children may be considered at each location on a case-by-case basis and accepted with the approval of the physician-in-chief.

    We provide services to patients who suffer activity or participation limitations due to the following CMS defined impairment groups:

    • stroke
    • brain injury
    • spinal cord
    • neurological
    • orthopedic
    • amputee
    • arthritis
    • cardiac
    • pulmonary
    • pain
    • multiple trauma.

    The number served per year is in accordance with the CMS 60 percent rule. Patients served in the rehabilitation units may demonstrate limitations in any two or more of the following areas:

    • mobility
    • activities of daily living
    • bowel/bladder continence
    • communication
    • cognition.

    Patients may have participation restrictions making it difficult for them to return to their previous family, community, or social roles. Examples of participation restrictions might include having difficulty taking one's previous role in the family (e.g. parent-role), being employed, participating in community activities or obtaining a driver's license, to name just a few.