Acute inpatient rehabilitation in Minnesota

The Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Center offers a CARF-accredited intensive inpatient rehabilitation program. Our specialized inpatient rehabilitation in Minnesota is scientifically proven to help patients recover from even the most complex health conditions.

You will play an active part in your rehabilitation, and you’ll work closely with our expert therapists, doctors, rehabilitation nurses and staff. We’ll explain your condition, answer your questions, celebrate your progress and be by your side during every step of your recovery. We’re honored to have the opportunity to assist you in your recovery to regain and redefine your independence.

What is intensive inpatient rehabilitation?

Inpatient rehabilitation means that you’ll stay overnight at the center while in recovery. Most of our patients stay with us for weeks while they strengthen their body and regain their independence.

During our inpatient rehabilitation program, you’ll have therapy six days a week for at least three hours a day.

What we treat with acute inpatient rehabilitation

  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Trauma and orthopedic injuries
  • Recovery from surgery, including amputations
  • Burns
  • Complex medical and neurological conditions

What sets our inpatient rehabilitation program apart

Our commitment to the highest quality of care and incredible patient outcomes sets us apart from other inpatient rehabilitation programs. We maintain a CARF-certified intensive inpatient program that is one of its kind at HealthPartners. Our current certifications for adults include our comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, stroke and brain injury specialty programs.

We are also one of only 18 spinal cord injury model systems (SCIMS) in the entire country. In order to improve the care of spinal cord injuries now and in the future, we participate in a national medical database for spinal cord injuries.

We’re known for using the latest in rehabilitation technology in our intensive inpatient rehabilitation program, including:

  • Gravity robotic bodyweight support system to help relearn walking or improve walking or balance.
  • Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) cycle machines will help weak muscles regain their function through assisted/repetitive movement.
  • Touchscreen devices to help work on the speed of thinking, eye movements and balance during tasks like reaching or bending.
  • A wide variety of wheelchairs and adaptive equipment to support optimal function and progress.

What to expect during intensive inpatient rehabilitation

Our inpatient rehabilitation program is intensive because we will go above and beyond to help you regain your independence.

As part of our inpatient rehabilitation program, you’ll have therapy for at least three hours a day. Most patients have therapy six days a week. We’ll bring your schedule to you each day, so you know what to expect throughout the day.

You and your caregivers are active participants in your care and recovery. We encourage your caregivers and support team to join you at rehabilitation and therapy appointments. You’ll all learn rehabilitation skills, discuss your progress with your care team and make any additional plans required for discharge.

Your health and safety are of major importance, that’s why we take several steps to ensure them. This includes nurse meetings at shift change, check-ins from staff to ensure you’re comfortable in your room, strict cleanliness standards and much more.

Our inpatient rehabilitation programs

We offer several types of rehabilitation to help you regain your independence and improve your body’s function.

Inpatient physical therapy

Physical therapy uses specialized exercises, hands-on treatments and education to build your strength, stamina, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination. We’ll guide you through a range of physical movements and exercises tailored to your recovery needs. Physical therapy often focuses on getting in and out of bed, standing, walking, climbing stairs or teaching modified ways to do these everyday movements.

Our inpatient physical therapy program also uses the latest equipment and technology to help you along your path to recovery.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is a type of rehabilitation that focuses on helping you regain your ability to comfortably and confidently perform activities of daily living (ADLs). This includes tasks you need to do at home such as dressing, grooming, eating and household chores, as well as skills needed to participate in the community.

We’ll teach you how to adapt activities to make them accessible for you, and use exercises to improve your strength, cognition, fine motor skills and coordination. We’ll also help you with assistive devices and orthotics.

The goal of occupational therapy is to help you return to meaningful activities with as much independence as possible.

Speech therapy

A stroke, brain injury or other conditions can affect the way you communicate. We’ll work with you if you have difficulty speaking or swallowing. Our speech language pathologists use special treatments to improve your speech, communication, cognition, voice and ability to swallow.

Our speech therapy includes:

  • Swallowing rehabilitation
  • Retraining in talking, reading and writing
  • Aphasia strategies
  • Memory and attention strategies

Rehabilitation psychology

We know that going through a life-changing illness or injury can feel overwhelming. You might be struggling to adapt to the changes.

We offer rehabilitation psychology services to help you adjust to your health changes. Our psychologists will offer support and guidance as you navigate this time of your life.

Aquatic therapy

Having rehabilitation in a pool, also known as aquatic therapy, can be used in several rehabilitation plans. The water helps support your body weight, making it easier to strengthen your muscles and take pressure off of your joints.

Stroke rehabilitation

After a stroke, you might struggle with your mobility, fine motor skills, coordination, speech, cognitive function, mental health, ability to swallow, sight and more. Not only are we recognized as a leader in stroke care, but we were the first hospital in Minnesota to be certified as a comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission.

Our specialized care will help you recover and regain function. We also offer stroke support groups through the Stroke INSPIRE program, so you and your caregivers can connect with others who are going through the same thing.

The Stroke INSPIRE program provides support and education for people and loved ones recovering from strokes. Classes and support groups focus on stroke rehabilitation as well as stroke prevention, intervention and awareness among the public.

To get involved with Stroke INSPIRE, call 952-993-6798 or email

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries can be life changing. Our team of experts will partner with you to ensure you have the best possible path to recovery. We use rehabilitation techniques that are proven to help with spinal cord injuries, and we’re a part of the Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System .

We perform spinal cord injury rehabilitation treatments that address physical function, pain, spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, readjustment to the community and much more. We’ll work together to help you achieve your recovery goals and be at your best performance.

Brain injury rehabilitation

A brain injury can affect your physical and cognitive function. If you’re struggling with moving, speaking, concentrating and other symptoms, our team can help. We’ll use specialized therapy techniques, including occupational, physical and speech therapy, to help you build independence and feel more like yourself.

We have a brain injury support group so you can connect with other people and families going through the same thing.

We also offer specialized exercise therapy programs, called NeuroWell , that are scientifically proven to help with neurological conditions. These exercise programs take place in the modern HealthPartners Neuroscience Rehab Gym. For more information, call 651-495-6704 or email

Preparing you to return home

Your rehabilitation progress will continue at home, and we’ll connect you with outpatient rehabilitation treatments as needed. As you get closer to your inpatient rehabilitation center discharge date, we have specialized care to set you up for a smooth transition and long-term recovery.

Home evaluation

Before you leave the inpatient rehabilitation center, we’ll evaluate your home to make sure it’s safe for your return.

Independent living room

Our independent living room is a private room with furniture you probably have at home. Depending on your treatment plan, you may stay in this room when your discharge date approaches.

While in the independent living room, you’ll be able to practice your skills in a home-like setting. We can even arrange the independent living room to be similar to your own home. This can help us see where you need a bit more help strengthening your skills before leaving inpatient rehabilitation. Together, we’ll develop some additional goals to help you feel more comfortable and confident when you return home.

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