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Clinical Levels of Care

Medically Complex Rehabilitation Care

Patients require a long-term acute care hospital stay and have physical rehabilitation goals. Patient's' medical needs inhibit their ability to participate in an intensive rehabilitation program. 24-hour nursing care and daily physician oversight are needed.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Care

Rehabilitation care for patients of all ages who have sustained significant functional loss as a result of brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or other disabling condition or disease process. Patients require 24-hour nursing care and daily medical supervision and have the potential to tolerate three or more hours of therapy per day.

Day Rehabilitation Care

Intensive outpatient care for patients of all ages who have sustained functional loss as a result of brain injury, spinal cord injury or other disabling conditions that interfere with a patient's ability to resume routine activity. Patients will typically participate in two or more types of coordinated therapy, such as physical, occupational and speech.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Care

Short-term care programs of one or two therapies (occupational, physical, and speech) for people of all ages.

Special Services

Wide range of services that offer additional support and help promote a patient's independence. They include services such as wheelchair seating & positioning, assistive technologies, vocational rehabilitation and more.


Clinical Indications for Levels of Care

Professionals at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) are available to help determine which level of rehabilitation care will be most appropriate and beneficial for your patient.

Many factors are evaluated when determining the appropriate level of care, including but not limited to:

  • Has the patient experienced a loss in the ability to perform activities such as walking, bathing or dressing?
  • Does the patient need a daily physician visit to monitor their medical conditions?
  • Does the patient require 24-hour nursing care to assist with daily activities? 
  • Does the patient have the potential to tolerate three or more hours of therapy per day?
  • Does the patient have complex medical condition(s) that require an acute care hospital stay for an extended period of time in addition to requiring physical rehabilitation?
  • Has the patient experienced a loss in the ability to perform certain physical activities or a loss in one or more of the body's abilities to move through a normal range of motion?