rehabilitation centers

Acute inpatient rehabilitation

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Ohio rehabilitation facility offers an intensive, inpatient therapy program for patients transitioning from a hospital stay or recovering from surgery.

Benefits of an inpatient rehabilitation facility

Among acute inpatient rehab facilities, patients can expect the following from Firelands Regional Medical Center:

  • Therapy is provided a minimum of 15 hours per week, compared to other facilities, which provide only 3 to 5 hours of therapy per week.
  • Therapies are provided by a consistent staff of physical, occupational and speech therapists.
  • Physicians specialize in rehabilitation medicine (physiatry).
  • Physicians are accessible daily and medically manage patients, compared to other facilities, in which physicians are required to see patients only once a month.
  • Nurses are certified and registered in rehabilitation nursing.
  • Registered nurses are on staff 24/7
  • There is one registered nurse/licensed practical nurse and one rehab technician for every 10 patients—far above the state minimum of 1 state-tested nurse's aide for every 15 patients.

Our inpatient rehabilitation facility

Firelands Regional Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation facility offers a full range of therapy services provided to hospital patients in an inpatient setting.

The 26,000 square foot center offers:

  • 26 private rooms and four semi-private rooms
  • Private showers in every room with built-in bench style seating
  • State-of-the-art gym for “real life” practice such as an actual car (PT Cruiser), curb and ramps
  • Fully functioning kitchen and laundry area
  • Transitional suite that mimics a home bedroom
  • Dining room with restaurant style seating
  • Fully equipped bariatric suites
  • Living room for patients and family

Programs at our inpatient rehab facility

Our rehabilitation programs are designed to help our patients reach their highest level of function and independence. Choose an option below to learn more about the programs offered at our acute inpatient rehab facility.

Amputee program

Rehabilitation for the patient begins shortly after the time of amputation and continues until the completion of prosthetic rehabilitation. Our program includes both pre- and post-prosthetic services.

Arthritis-rheumatoid program

The most severe form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis requires special rehabilitation services. Our program includes traditional therapy techniques and a focus on diet, exercise and patient education.

Brain injury

Early rehabilitation following a brain injury is crucial in helping patients reach the fullest physical and cognitive recovery.

Cardiac care

While most recovery from traumatic heart attack or bypass surgery is uneventful, prolonged ventilator dependence or critical care stays may necessitate formal rehabilitation prior to returning home. Our program combines the needed therapy with education to maximize functioning.

Joint replacement

Rehabilitation needs after orthopedic surgery vary. Our comprehensive program includes traditional therapy intervention, alternative techniques and pain management to maximize independence.

Neurological disorders

The Firelands neurological disorders program is designed to meet the needs of those with chronic progressive conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Both physiatry and neurology are used to help patients become more independent and learn to minimize future medical issues.


The oncology program promotes maximum functioning for individuals with cancer-related health conditions.

Patients may be admitted to the program to increase strength prior to starting treatment, to promote the restoration of functional abilities after treatment, for supportive patient and family education, or for a rehabilitation trial to clarify goals and potential.


Treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions is a short-term rehabilitation program that is individualized to meet the patients' needs, functional goals and extent of injury.

Spinal cord injury

Injuries involving the spinal cord are complicated and require the expertise of physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Under their guidance, the interdisciplinary team develops a treatment plan to address the unique needs of each patient.


Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America. The goals of our program are to increase independence, improve physical and cognitive functioning, help the patient lead a satisfying quality of life, and provide education to assist in reducing the risk of future strokes or complications.

Patients admitted to Firelands Regional Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Center will receive therapy based on an individualized plan of care. For individuals recovering from stroke, therapeutic interventions may be based on the presentation of symptoms and not necessarily on the location of the stroke in the brain. Physical therapy (PT) aims to help stroke survivors reclaim physical function and maintain independence in their daily lives. PT incorporates a variety of activities to promote neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity, which refers to the brain’s ability to learn, reorganize, and make adaptations by forming new neural connections, is essential to stroke recovery.

Physical therapists will encourage standing activities (such as parallel bars, use of the standing frame, free standing, step-lunge, and other box steps) to promote weight bearing, to address balance deficits, and to improve trunk stabilization. Other weight bearing tasks may include high kneeling, plank positioning, and quadruped positioning. Re-establishing trunk stabilization is a key factor in a patient’s ability to regain dynamic functional abilities. Patients will complete activities in supine position (lying flat on one’s back), sitting at the edge of a mat table, and/or sitting on a physio-ball to promote endurance and strengthening of core muscles.

PTs are committed to using a variety of resources and techniques to maximize a patient’s potential for returning to functional independence. Electrical stimulation is utilized to promote the return of the neuromuscular connection. Carr-Shepherd supine exercises are frequently used in order to isolate the muscle group movements required during the gait cycle. Reciprocal activities and crossing-the-midline activities are also beneficial in stimulating neuroplasticity.

It is very important to provide patients with encouragement and support throughout their rehabilitation process. The use of visual and verbal feedback has a significant impact, as it can be difficult for individuals to notice small changes that occur during the course of treatment.

Not sure if the inpatient rehabilitation facility at Firelands is right for you? Use this checklist to compare our inpatient rehabilitation programs to others.

Interdisciplinary team

Our interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation services sets us apart from other post-acute care providers. A number of highly trained professionals from a broad scope of disciplines participate in a collaborative approach to rehabilitation therapies. They include:

  • A physiatrist
    A medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Case managers
    A licensed social worker who coordinates with the physician, therapists, nurses, patient, family and insurance company to ensure the patient’s needs are met.
  • Dietary and nutritional counselors
    Assists with developing and monitoring patient’s nutrition to ensure that they receive what is needed to support recovery.
  • Rehabilitation nurses
    A licensed nurse that implements each patient’s medical care plan as directed by the physician.
  • Speech-language pathologists
    A licensed therapist who assesses and treats individuals with communication and comprehension disorders, cognitive difficulties and swallowing disorders.
  • Occupational therapists
    A licensed therapist who focuses on helping patients rebuild skills in daily living activities.
  • Physical therapists
    A licensed therapist who specializes in maximizing a patient’s mobility and independence to improve major motor and sensory impairments.
  • A neuropsychologist
  • Respiratory therapists, if indicated
    A licensed clinician who ensures proper respiratory function through services such as oxygen supplements and aerosol treatments.

Insurance coverage

Most insurance policies, as well as Medicare/Medicaid, cover rehabilitation care (in full or in part) in an acute care setting such as Firelands. Our admissions staff will assist you in understanding what your current insurance policy covers.

Admissions and referrals

A physician, case manager, social worker or discharge planner can refer a patient for admission to the Rehabilitation Program. Family referrals and self-referrals are also encouraged. A nurse liaison will come to your home, assess your situation and discuss which of our programs might best meet your rehabilitative needs.