Acute Rehabilitation Center

More than 75% of our patients went directly home following their stay at the Acute Rehabilitation Center.

About the Acute Rehabilitation Center

Your choice of rehabilitation care is crucial. Often, the first phase of rehabilitation can be the most important, requiring intense, high-level care. But your need for acute inpatient rehabilitation does not mean you or your loved one must be far from home.

Acute rehabilitation is appropriate for people who require 24-hour physician availability, 24 hour rehabilitative nursing care, the skill of at least two different therapies and can tolerate at least three hours of intensive therapy 5 days a week.

As a patient, you take part in both individual and group therapy, allowing you the opportunity to focus on individual goals, as well as learn from and be encouraged by the progress of your fellow patients. Friends and family are also encouraged to be a part of your recovery.

Our goal is to help you or your loved one regain as much function as possible, so you can resume as much of your independence as possible and participate in many of your hobbies and activities. During your stay with us, we lead you through a tailored therapy program that addresses your own goals and unique rehabilitation needs.

Contact Acute Rehabilitation – 800.972.8859

Preparing for Acute Rehabilitation

Acute Rehabilitation is an intense physical program. Our patients must have a medical condition requiring 24 hour nursing and physician care and must require at least two of the following therapies: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy.

Monday through Friday patients are scheduled for three or more hours of therapy. On the weekend, patients receive less therapy in order to allow the body some time to rest and recuperate.
You will be under the care of a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, while at the Acute Rehabilitation Center.

The Acute Rehabilitation Center (ARC) at Herrin Hospital has met strict guidelines to earn Joint Commission certifications in disease-specific care for stroke rehabilitation and hip fracture rehabilitation. The ARC is one of just four sites in the state of Illinois and the only one south of Chicago certified for stroke rehabilitation. Our hip fracture rehabilitation program is one of only 26 in the nation that have earned the Joint Commission distinction. In fact, the next closest hospital that is Joint Commission certified for hip fracture rehabilitation is over 250 miles away in Jonesboro, AR.
Friends and Family

Monday through Friday mornings you will receive a schedule of your therapy sessions for the day. If you have family members or other caregivers who will be assisting you when you are discharged, we encourage them to attend and participate in your therapy sessions. This is an opportunity for them to learn how to provide the appropriate care for you.

Other visitors are welcome any time during the day. But you will be busy with therapy between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and between therapy sessions you will most likely be tired and want to rest.
As you prepare for acute rehabilitation, be aware that your stay may last from several days to weeks, depending on your needs and the progress you make. Do not be discouraged if you seem to make very little progress at first. Therapy is an intensive activity that can leave you feeling very tired.

You will be encouraged to do as much as you can on your own to increase your independence. Your nurses and therapists will assist you as much as you need to get dressed, attend meals in the dining room and perform other daily activities. As your strength and mobility improve, the amount of assistance you need will decrease.

Family members are encouraged to attend the Tuesday group session where discussion revolves around the many types of adaptive equipment available and the Wednesday group which focuses on discharge planning and home safety. Both of these sessions are held in the activity/dining room from 10:45 to 11:45.

What to Bring

You should bring your own clothes, partly to help you feel more like yourself, but mainly because dressing yourself will be part of your therapy. Clothing should be comfortable and not too tight. Please bring a sweater or light jacket to wear in case your therapist takes you outside or you find you are more cold natured than your fellow rehabilitation participants.

Laundry services are generally provided off site by the family. However, we do have machines available in case of special needs. Doing laundry can also be part of your therapy if you will have to do your own laundry when you return home.

If you have your own walker or other assistive devices, please inform your therapist as you may be asked to have someone bring those in order for you to practice with them.

Please mark all personal items, including your clothing, with your name.