Stroke Injury Rehabilitation Care
The effects of a stroke on mobility, memory and communication can vary greatly from one person to another and the pace and progress of rehabilitation can vary too. What’s important to know is that the after-stroke rehabilitation provider you choose has the depth of experience and breadth of services to help you achieve the best life possible. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), we do.
A National Leader in After-stroke Rehabilitation Care
- The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been ranked the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.
- RIC helps more people after a stroke than almost any other hospital in the country. Hundreds of stroke patients come to RIC each year, including people from across the country and around the world, for expert physical medicine and rehabilitation, and nearly half of them are younger than 55 years of age.
- New developments in stroke rehabilitation discovered in RIC laboratories are brought immediately to our patients, placing them at the forefront of scientific advancement through participation in the newest therapies and clinical trials.
- RIC is the only federally designated Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Stroke by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
- RIC is one of only 2% of the nation's nearly 6,000 hospitals to have achieved two consecutive Magnet designations.
Our Recovery Specialists Help You Reach Your Full Potential After a Stroke
From the inpatient unit designed exclusively for the care and comfort of stroke patients, to the extensive team of physicians, nurses, therapists and others who specialize in stroke rehabilitation, RIC uniquely combines the most advanced treatments and therapies that may help each individual patient achieve their goals.
- RIC physiatrists—physician specialists in physical medicine & rehabilitation—are recognized leaders in the field of stroke rehabilitation. They provide expert care to manage each patient’s condition, help avoid complications that could impede progress, map out strategies to maximize recovery after a stroke and help avoid a recurrence of stroke.
- Physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists work with patients individually and as a team to help address the unique effects of a stroke. Whether the goal is to help build strength and balance for better mobility; regain the skills of everyday activities; enhance memory, understanding and communication; or recover the ability to speak and swallow the team helps patients regain their independence and return to their communities.
- Rehabilitation nurses assist in medical management of stroke patients
- RIC’s specialized services complement the core team and help each individual realize their full potential:
RIC Offers New Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is now offering a new clinical, outpatient program for individuals with aphasia. The RIC strong>Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program is a four-week long, intensive communication program that started in September, 2008 that is designed to improve communications skills and ultimately help individuals attain a greater quality of life.
Learn more about RIC's Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program
RIC's “Prime of Life” Stroke Rehabilitation Brings Back Independence
The RIC Prime of Life stroke rehabilitation program is specially designed for people with stroke whose multi-faceted and rigorous lives demand aggressive intervention. Often, those patients are younger and face greater demands, such as caring for a family, continuing a career or community involvement, engaging in an active social life and enjoying intimate relationships.
The RIC Prime of Life program integrates the traditional therapies and specialized services with other novel therapies not typically available elsewhere, including:
RIC's Resources Build a "Bridge Back to Life"
For people with stroke, inpatient rehabilitation may be the first step across the bridge back to life. But RIC’s guidance, support and expert rehabilitation care is available to you every step of the way.
RIC prepares you to return to your family and community, equipped with the knowledge and skills you may need to move confidently into the future.
- Education and training of patients and family members in ongoing care or adaptive techniques to compensate for a diminished or slow-returning function.
- Communication with patient’s primary care physician to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of care,
- RIC support groups, LIFE Center and Galvin Health & Fitness Center provide resources for emotional and physical well being.
RIC DayRehabCenters and Outpatient Centers
Conveniently located in throughout the Chicago area, southern Illinois and north central Indiana, we are staffed with physicians, nurses and therapists who deliver the same innovative treatments and therapies that have earned RIC its reputation for the best rehabilitation care anywhere.
- RIC DayRehabCenters are specially designed for patients who no longer require inpatient hospitalization or daily physician visits but can benefit from multiple, intensive therapies to continue their progress.
- RIC Outpatient Centers are ideal for may need only one type of therapy to refine their skills, such as physical therapy for nobility or speech therapy for communication.