About Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient rehabilitation programs offer a comprehensive program for patients who require comprehensive therapy, nursing and medical support. These services are designed to minimize the disabling effects of physical, emotional, social, vocational and communication impairments due to a disability, accident, surgery or injury and to maximize the potential for independence and enhance the quality of life.

For those who need inpatient care, Sentara offers both acute inpatient rehab and sub-acute rehab services for adults who have sustained an injury or illness impacting their ability to live independently. The primary difference between the two is the level of intensity of services.

The Sentara inpatient rehab centers are located within hospitals, offering more close supervision and treatment by the medical team. Nursing staff on inpatient rehab units receive special training and many have achieved certification as rehab nurses and are able to offer specialized education and training for patients and families.

Patients in acute inpatient rehabilitation can expect three hours of therapy a day, five to six days a week, while in sub-acute rehabilitation they may receive less than or up to three hours of therapy per day depending on their needs and ability to participate. When a patient will require a longer period of rehabilitation or requires more rest between therapy sessions, sub-acute rehab is often a better choice.

For those who live at home and can travel to outpatient centers for therapy, Sentara offers neighborhood locations and services. In an outpatient setting, therapy is provided two to three days per week. Nursing services are not available, and patients must arrange for their own transportation to and from the center.