Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Whether you’re recovering from injury or illness, our intensive acute inpatient rehabilitation program at Weiss Memorial Hospital is designed to help you reach maximum independence throughout your stay. Our program is designed to prepare you for life outside of the hospital so that you can maintain a more active, healthy lifestyle.

What types of activities does acute inpatient rehab help with?

Acute Inpatient Rehab patientWith such a diverse group of experts, the acute inpatient rehab program is able to address a wide range of needs and help with tasks that are important to you. Download our brochure for more information.

Physical functions such as strength and mobility can be improved by working with a physical therapist. The exercises and activities performed are designed to help you restore your optimal physical function to maintain wellness and fitness and to improve overall quality of life.

You may work with an occupational therapist who will focus on activities that are centered on maximizing your independence surrounding basic daily life needs. For instance, you may focus on learning to eat, dress, or bathe more independently, or on activities such as cooking or cleaning.

If you are experiencing the effects of stroke, head injury, neurological disease, or head or neck cancer, you may benefit from working with a speech therapist. Your time together will focus on deficit areas such as speech and language disorders, cognitive impairments, voice pathologies or swallowing difficulties.

How does inpatient rehabilitation work?

Our acute inpatient program at Weiss includes daily physical intervention with at least three hours of skilled therapy services every weekday. The program also includes 24-hour rehab nursing care to ensure your safety and comfort during your stay.

Your length of stay is determined early in your stay, and is based on your individual needs and the goals that you and your doctors decide are appropriate. The average length of our inpatient rehab is 10 days, but your stay may vary from a few days to a few weeks depending on your needs.

What is your approach to care?

The Rehab at Weiss team mission is to get patients closer to home one step at a time and our vision is to do this through patient-centered, individualized care from PEOPLE, not ROBOTS.

Our acute inpatient rehab team includes experts from many specialties, including:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Social workers
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Physiatrists
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists

Your primary doctor is also kept up-to-date on your progress and is encouraged to be part of your care.

Meet Our Medical Director

Dr. Martin Yee, Acute Rehab DirectorMartin J. Yee, MD

Dr. Martin J. Yee is the Medical Director of Acute Rehabilitation at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Yee’s areas of expertise include geriatric, stroke, and orthopedic rehabilitation. He focuses on helping inpatients improve their disabilities and transition to outpatient physical therapy, in-home or nursing care. Dr. Yee is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has held several academic positions, including Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College, Assistant Director of the Residency Training Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Course Director and Instructor at Rush Medical College/University of Illinois/Loyola University/Schwab Rehabilitation Center.

COVID-19 Rehabilitation

If you or a family member is hospitalized due to COVID-19, acute inpatient rehabilitation may be a critical step in your journey to returning home.  The Rehab at Weiss team applies clinical best practices for COVID-19 management to the specialized acute rehabilitation program helping you recover from weakness, fatigue, pain, breathing difficulties, swallowing changes, and other effects associated with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

The program follows infection prevention protocols vetted by a dedicated infection prevention team led by hospital experts to keep patients safe while allowing access to functional retraining services, including a dedicated rehabilitation gym.

Dedicated COVID Gym

Weiss’ Director of Rehabilitation discusses how our Rehabilitation Department has responded to the COVID pandemic. We have developed best practices for treating COVID-19 patients while ensuring the safety of all of our patients.

Learn how Weiss’ inpatient occupational therapists help patients acquire the skills they need to be able to go home and be safe and as independent as possible after COVID-19.

At Weiss we’ve used technology during the pandemic to connect patients and families during occupational and physical therapy treatment sessions. Families see their loved ones improving and celebrate their progress.

At Weiss we’ve adjusted our caregiver training, family education and communication methods between patients and loved ones to enable our patients to successfully transition home after COVID-19.


Contact Us

To contact the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation program, please call our admissions phone at (773) 564-5422. Our admissions fax number is (773) 564-5424.

What if I don’t need inpatient rehabilitation?

If you’re looking for a less intensive rehabilitation program, we also offer rehab services on an outpatient basis. Learn more about our Outpatient Rehabilitation Program.