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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been a leader in brain injury rehabilitation services for more than two decades. Our patients with brain injuries benefit because RIC is both a teaching and a research institution at the forefront of medical technological advances.

With you every step of the way

For many, the first step on the road to recovery is an inpatient stay for intensive therapy on RIC’s Brain Injury unit, a unique environment designed exclusively for the safety, comfort and care of this patient population. We also offer two programs in which patients build upon their progress. Day rehabilitation is specifically for those who no longer need inpatient hospitalization but can benefit from multiple intensive therapies and continued monitoring by a physician. Outpatient rehabilitation is appropriate for those who need therapy on a less intensive basis. All levels of care offer the expertise that has earned RIC the ranking of “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.

Support for your whole family


RIC Treats the following
types of brain injury

  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Moderate traumatic brain injury
  • Severe traumatic brain injury
  • Closed head injuries
  • Concussions
  • Brain tumor
  • Disease entities (such as encephalitis)
  • Metabolic disorders that lead to brain injury

Brain injury affects the whole family, and our team provides support to everyone involved. The Circle of Caring Program helps families learn about the possible outcomes for their loved one, understand long-term challenges and access tools to adjust to those challenges. The team also supports transferring physical and intellectual skills from the hospital setting to real life. This includes patient and family education on reinforcing therapy recommendations at home, communication with the primary care physician to ensure continuity of care, and patient and family support groups. Case managers also can assist with insurance and medical equipment providers. For patients from beyond the Chicago area, we will help connect you to resources in your own community for ongoing care, support and services.

The Therapeutic Day program provides structured, graded activities to facilitate progress toward rehabilitation goals. Each program is customized to meet the specific needs of the patient and provides patients and families with a template that can be revised and carried over to the next setting at discharge. Examples of therapeutic day program activities include assignments from therapists, independent exercises, leisure activities and rest breaks.

Returning to the community, family, and everyday life

RIC's brain injury medicine and rehabilitation program promotes improved memory and cognitive skills as well as the patient's ability to transfer both physical and intellectual skills from the hospital setting to real life. RIC patients participate in community re-entry groups to strengthen daily living and social interaction skills while initiating a healthy lifestyle through group leisure activities.