Continuum of Care

As one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the United States, UPMC offers access to an unmatched continuum of care, including inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care services, at more than 70 locations.

From the time you are admitted to the hospital immediately following an injury until you are released and receiving outpatient care, UPMC is there for you throughout your entire rehabilitation journey.

And, our use of electronic medical records means that, at each phase of your recovery, our experts have access to your full information, providing an unmatched continuum of care.

Inpatient Rehabilitation: The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

When you are admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation unit, an individualized plan of care will be put in place, including several types of therapies and rehabilitation services.

Because the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute has locations in acute care hospitals, you can immediately access a wide range of on-site services, such as:

  • Specialist care
  • Advanced imaging technologies
  • Pharmacies
  • Laboratory services
  • Emergency care

One difference between inpatient rehabilitation and the acute care unit (where patients are treated for a short period of time for a serious illness or injury) is the amount of time spent out of bed. Patients in the rehabilitation unit must be able to handle three hours of therapy a day.

Skilled Nursing

This is an excellent choice for people who do not require acute inpatient rehabilitation or for those who can only tolerate limited hours of daily therapy.

Skilled nursing also can be an interim step for patients who aren’t yet ready for acute rehabilitation, but do need the care provided at a skilled nursing facility. They can use this step to gain strength before moving to the acute rehabilitation center.

Several skilled nursing programs are available within the UPMC system.

Outpatient Rehabilitation and Services

Outpatient rehabilitation often is the next step after leaving an acute care or skilled nursing setting. It also may the best choice for those patients whose ongoing needs do not require inpatient care.

Outpatient rehabilitation programs are supported through an extensive network of services.

A Team Approach

Our rehabilitation experts team up with clinical experts throughout UPMC to provide an unparalleled continuum of care.

This includes:

  • Neurologists
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Trauma surgeons
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Other specialists

These partnerships provide our patients with seamless care, from the time of injury through the rehabilitative process.

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