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Inpatient Rehabilitation

Occasionally, illness and injury can rob us of basic physical abilities, skills we have always taken for granted: walking, balance, the mobility of our limbs and hands. At the Inpatient Rehab Unit, our therapy services include nursing and rehabilitation designed to assist patients in developing new skills, re-learning previous skills, and making life adjustments as needed.

Rehabilitation is provided to adults that have experienced a loss of function in activities of daily living. This could include a loss of mobility, limitations in self-care or joint strength and motion, cognition, or speech/communication and/or swallowing disorders because of neurological or other medical conditions. The condition may be of recent onset or a regression.

Treatment typically begins when patients wake up in the morning with bathing, grooming, dressing, and other activities of daily living. The goal is to get patients as independent as possible prior to discharge. Successful treatments take on a highly individualized and holistic approach.

CARF Accreditation SealThe Holzer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is a 29 bed unit located on the 5th Floor of our Gallipolis hospital. The Inpatient Rehab Unit meets the rigorous standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a medical rehab facility.

To learn about our patient population and outcomes, please view/download our Disclosure Statement.

Common Conditions Treated

Patients must be at least 18 years of age. The Inpatient Rehab Unit provides services for patients who have suffered functional loss due to a disabling illness or injury, including the following:

  • Stroke (CVA)
  • COPD (Asthma, Emphysema)
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Joint Replacement
  • Fractures
  • Amputation
  • Brain and Spine Injury
  • Generalized Weakness
  • Neuropathy and Myopathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Degenerative & Progressive Neurological Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome

Your Treatment

Inpatient Rehab Unit provides a minimum of three hours of physical and occupational therapy at least five days a week. In addition, patients receive social work services, 24 hour rehab nursing, as well as speech therapy and psychological services (if needed). Your Rehab physician will see you at least three times a week and other physicians will monitor your progress based on your individual needs.

Nursing care is provided 24 hours a day. Team meetings are held at least weekly to discuss each patient’s progress. Family conferences are scheduled as needed or upon request, as are home evaluations. The patient and staff may travel to the patient’s home to see how the patient can perform with daily activities and to recommend home modifications as needed. Community re-entry is a service offered to patients.

The Inpatient Rehab Unit provides:

  • Pre-admission Screening – Confidential, free-of-charge pre-admission screenings are conducted to determine if an individual meets criteria and could benefit from inpatient rehabilitation.
  • Rehab Physician – The Medical Director overseeing your rehab treatment is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Physical Therapy – To assist patients with mobility and strengthening issues, such as learning to walk again and/or learning the use of a wheel chair.
  • Occupational Therapy – To assist patients in resuming self-care and the activities of daily living, including vocational needs and/or recreational/community activities.
  • Speech Therapy – To assist patients with communication and cognitive impairments, as well as swallowing difficulties following illnesses such as a stroke.
  • Rehab Nursing – To assist patients with disability and/or chronic illness to attain and maintain maximum function related to self-care, focusing on medication management, bowel and bladder function, along with carry-over of techniques learned in therapy sessions. The Rehab Nurse serves as a teacher, caregiver, collaborator and patient advocate.
  • Social Work – To allow for continuity of the treatment process from pre-admission through follow-up, as well as assisting with discharge planning and continued services after discharge. Discharge planning begins at the time of admission to ensure all of your follow-up needs are met.
  • Outcome Graph - The Inpatient Rehab Unit provides an outcome graph, reviewing all patients treated throughout the past year. Information is available here for July 2017 - June 2018.

Holzer Inpatient Rehab Mission

Our mission at the Holzer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is:

We will provide the highest quality rehabilitation services to restore each patient to his/her maximum level of independence at home and in the community.

Inpatient Rehab Staff

The Rehab Team works with patients and their families to reach the goal of attaining maximum function to return home. Individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient and adjusted as goals are met. Team members help patients with chronic illnesses or physical disabilities achieve their greatest potential and strive to return patients to a productive and independent lifestyle.

Medical Staff includes:

  • Board Certified Physiatrist
  • Rehab Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Rehab Aides
  • Dietician
  • Pharmacist
  • Activities Coordinator

LiteGait® Services

Holzer’s Inpatient Rehab Unit features a remodeled therapy area and our LiteGait® equipment, the only one available in the area. The LiteGait® is an innovative gait-training device that enhances our services during the recovery process.
Appropriate for use with a wide range of impairments, LiteGait® provides proper posture, reduces weight-bearing, eliminates the risk and fear of falling, and helps coordinate lower-extremity movement.

Its unique harness design not only permits unilateral or bilateral support that allows progression of the weight-bearing load from non to full weight-bearing, but it also frees the therapist to observe gait patterns and make manual corrections in limb placement, weight shift and step timing.

E-Stim Therapy

Swallowing is something we tend to take for granted - until we are unable to. An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from swallowing disorders, with approximately 60,000 deaths each year as a result of complications from dysphagia - the medical term for any difficulty or discomfort in swallowing.

Holzer offers E-Stim Therapy services, a proven treatment for dysphagia, a condition most common among stroke survivors, patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, patients with head and neck cancer, and frequent pneumonia patients.

E-Stim Therapy uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. At the same time, trained specialists help patients "re-educate" their muscles through rehabilitation therapy. Patients on the Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit have had much success with the treatment and in a short amount of time, have their diets increased as a result of the positive effects the therapy has had on their swallowing.

"It's one of the most exciting technological breakthroughs in terms of effectiveness and efficiency that I have seen since I've been a doctor. It improves vocal quality and oral intake for patients. It really works," stated Daniel Black, D.O., AAPMR, Medical Director of the Holzer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

Speech pathologists report more accomplishments in a shorter amount of time with the new device than with traditional treatments. On the Inpatient Rehab Unit, e-stim treatment is typically provided five days per week, or as directed by the Rehab physician.

Common Questions

  • How long do I have to stay in rehab?
    Your length of stay depends on how quickly you progress, meet your discharge goals, and the amount of assistance you will have available when you are discharged.
  • What kind of clothes do I wear while in rehab?
    You will wear clothes like the ones you wear at home – you will need comfortable clothes that are easy to get on and off. We do have a washer/dryer on the unit.
  • When can my family visit?
    Your family can visit anytime as long as it doesn’t interfere with your therapy and/or treatment. Family members are encouraged to watch and participate in therapy.
  • Where will I receive my therapy?
    Therapy takes place in the rehab gym, your room, and in the rehab dining area.
  • How often will I see my doctor?
    Your rehab physician will see you at least three days/week, and your medical doctor will see you as often as needed.
  • If I’m going to a hospital out of town for a procedure, can I come back to Holzer for rehab?
    Yes, just ask your physician, social worker, or case manager to refer you to the Rehab Unit for inpatient rehab. Also, you may call us prior to going out of town to discuss your admission.
  • How much therapy will I have and what will my schedule be like?
    You will routinely receive at least three hours of occupational and physical therapy.
  • Will I have speech therapy?
    Your treatment is determined by your physician and will include speech therapy as needed (in addition to physical and occupational therapies).
  • Can I have a private room?
    The unit has 21 private rooms and 4 semi-private rooms. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request.
  • What time of day will I be discharged?
    Routinely, you and your family should make plans to leave around 2 p.m. on your scheduled discharge date. Your social worker will let you know if an earlier or later discharge time needs to be scheduled.


Medicare pays for the cost of inpatient rehabilitation when patients meet the appropriate criteria. Private insurance, Medicaid, and managed care benefits will be verified prior to admission, although this is not a guarantee of payment.

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