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Support and Management Services from the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

UPMC Rehabilitation Institute is one of the largest rehab networks in the U.S.

We offer complete care for spinal cord injuries, stroke, and other severe injuries at more than 90 inpatient and outpatient locations. We're here to support you through each phase of your recovery.

Our services include:

  • Inpatient rehab.
  • Transitional rehab to provide a smooth transition to home.
  • Outpatient rehab.
  • Community reentry programs.

Our rehab experts have access to your full history through your electronic health records.

A Team Approach to Physical Rehab

Our rehab experts team up with other experts to provide complete care, such as:

  • Neurologists.
  • Orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Trauma surgeons.
  • Transplant surgeons.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

UPMC rehab experts tailor plans of care for each individual. Your plan may include a few types of rehab therapies and services three hours each day.

Since inpatient rehab units are in UPMC's hospitals, you have prompt access to a wide range of on-site services including:

  • Specialist care.
  • Advanced imaging and labs.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Emergency care.

Discharge Planning Starts Early

Outpatient rehab services may take time to arrange. You and your family should start early when planning for discharge from inpatient rehab.

Our support staff will help you plan and arrange for the outpatient care you need. This will ensure a smooth transition from the hospital to home or another facility.

Your case manager or social worker can provide more details on your options.

Community Reentry

A smooth transition from the hospital to the community is vital.

Getting out and about can improve symptoms of depression and help you heal.

UPMC offers patients community reentry programs. These help you practice new skills in “real life" situations.

An outing may include lunch or shopping.

During the trip, the care team can identify problems and then address them during outpatient rehab treatment.

Transitional Rehabilitation at UPMC

This short-stay rehab is for people who no longer need inpatient care but aren't ready to go home.

Our doctors, specialty-trained therapists, and other transitional rehab staff provide:

  • One-on-one, quality care focused on you and your needs.
  • Continuity of treatment plans.

Outpatient Rehabilitation and Services at UPMC

Many people need rehab or other care after discharge.

Our case managers and social workers can help connect you with other providers if need be.

Outpatient rehab

Outpatient rehab is often the next step after leaving the hospital or skilled nursing. It may also be the best choice for people who don't need inpatient care.

Most insurance plans cover some outpatient rehab services.

Outpatient rehab may include:

  • Physical therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Speech and language therapy. 

Adult daycare for seniors

Adult daycare helps older adults stay in their homes rather than moving to a nursing or residential home. Insurance may or may not cover the cost of adult daycare.

Adult daycare takes place in a group setting and provides seniors with:

  • A chance to make friends and socialize.
  • Games and recreation.
  • Basic personal care.
  • Nutrition.

Some adult daycares may offer medical help such as:

  • Physical therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Basic medical care.
  • Nursing care.
  • More intensive personal care.

Home health care

Some people returning home from a hospital or nursing home may need follow-up care.

UPMC at Home offers at-home health care services such as:

  • Medication management.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Nursing visits.

These pre-scheduled visits are often short. Most health plans cover at-home care.

Long Term Care at UPMC

For people who aren't well enough to go home after inpatient rehab, long-term care may be an option.

Assisted living communities

Assisted living is the right choice if you're mostly independent.

These communities are often in a campus-like setting with a staff that can help with your:

  • Medications.
  • Diet and nutritional support.
  • Personal care.

Insurance usually does not cover this type of care.

Skilled nursing homes

UPMC Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation provides 24-hour nursing and other health care services. These homes are for people who can't live on their own.

A nursing home stay may be short-term until you're healthy enough to go home.

UPMC's nursing homes also provide physical and occupational therapy.

Health plans may cover all or part of nursing home costs.

Private duty nursing

Private duty nursing is available in a range of settings, including:

  • Your home.
  • At the hospital.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Assisted living communities.

Based on your needs, your private duty caretaker may be:

  • Skilled professional or licensed nurses such as RNs or LPNs.
  • Non-skilled providers such as certified or non-certified nursing assistants.

Private duty nursing services include:

  • Medically necessary care.
  • Personal care, such as help with bathing.
  • Respite visit for caregivers.
  • Companionship.

Care ranges from several hours a day to around-the-clock. Insurance usually does not cover this type of care.

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