The University of Maryland Rehab & Ortho Institute provides patients a continuum of care that begins the moment they arrive and continues well beyond their departure. Patients receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy and therapeutic recreational therapy to help them reach their rehabilitation goals. We collaborate with local primary care physicians to assure that family members have ongoing access to information, resources, tools and support throughout the recovery journey.

Comprehensive rehabilitation services are provided to help patients recover daily living skills, achieve community re-entry and address the physical challenges they often face:

  • Activities of daily living and self-care
  • Balance, coordination and mobility
  • Motor control, range of motion, strength and endurance
  • Self-feeding and swallowing
  • Communication skills
  • Memory and thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Vocational and leisure capabilities
  • Safety skills

In preparation for a patient's discharge, a team of therapists may conduct on-site assessments of the patient's home. Based on their findings, the team provides specific recommendations for improvements that will make it easier for the patient to perform daily living skills and job functions upon discharge.

In addition, the patient may return home for a few hours during his inpatient stay on a Functional Therapeutic Visit (FTV), so that the team can evaluate his needs and skills in his own home environment. Community re-entry outings are provided regularly to allow groups of patients to practice their developing skills in real-world situations.

A Combination of Technology and Science

We believe in a high-tech/high-touch approach to care. The University of Maryland Rehab & Ortho Institute has made significant investments in technology to assist our patients as they recover, while also promoting the value of individualized patient care.

The unit's on-site therapy gym houses a kitchen to encourage patients to develop meal planning, cooking and kitchen safety skills. For patients working to improve their independent walking skills, the institute features a Healing Garden with different terrains—level and uneven—on which they can practice. An indoor therapy pool is also available within the hospital for patients who can benefit from aquatic therapy.

Additionally, as a partner with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, we are actively involved in research and offer patients clinical trial opportunities that may not be available at other local hospitals.