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Acute rehabilitation

What is acute rehab?

Acute Inpatient Rehab is a comprehensive and intensive therapy program focused on physical, occupational, and speech therapies with 24-hour RN care and medical management after a patient has suffered functional and cognitive loss.

As the only certified acute rehabilitation program in the area, we offer a more complete set of rehabilitation services in a very focused inpatient setting to get you back home and back to living your life.

Our center is a positive, dynamic alternative to nursing home-based rehab programs or hospital-based rehab programs far from home.

Scope of services

Patients will receive therapy at least three hours a day, five out of seven days per week. Their needs must include at least two of the three therapies provided: physical, occupational and/or speech therapy.

The hours of service for therapy sessions generally are from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. RNs providing rehab nursing care are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our staff includes:

  • Full-time medical physicians.
  • Trained rehabilitation nurses.
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists.
  • Social workers.
  • Spiritual advisors.

The patient's ability to take part in daily activities and life situations will be assessed. Weekly team meetings and individualized care and therapy plans are designed to best suit your unique areas of need.

We can help you regain skills and function you may have lost, such as: balance and coordination, speech, swallowing, mobility, weakness or limited motion, self-care, memory or cognition, endurance and strength, medication use, bowel and bladder control, safety, and living at home.

We assist you with new or existing issues during your stay, including: family-life or parenting, home accessibility, emotional, behavioral, psychological, or cultural needs, financial or work-related concerns, wellness and disease management, pain control, equipment needs, and driving.

Our focus is to help you return home. Discharge planning begins the moment you arrive on our unit and includes you, your family, and your care partners. Your length of stay and discharge location depend on your prognosis, progress, and your need for additional services.

What we treat:

  • Stroke.
  • Brain injury.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Multiple trauma.
  • Amputation of limbs.
  • Hip fractures and other orthopedic dysfunction.
  • Progressive neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's.
  • Other complex medical issues.

Additional services

We offer many services in addition to our Acute Rehab program for any necessary consults by our wide variety of ancillary departments to address medical concerns, including:

  • Cardiology.
  • Urology.
  • Neurology.
  • Physiatry.
  • Diabetes/nutrition education.
  • Respiratory therapy.
  • Psychiatry.
  • Internal medicine/family practice.
  • Interventional radiology.
  • Ventilatory insufficiency. 

At this time, we refer patients outside of our hospital for the following services: cardiac stents, cardiac bypass and neurosurgical interventions.

Stroke specialty services

Lake Region Healthcare's Acute Rehab Unit has been accredited since 2004. We are one of only 15 CARF-Accredited rehab programs in the State of Minnesota and the only one in the lakes area. This recognition assures that patients receive the highest quality of care and services. We are proud to share we also have additional specialty certification in stroke care for adults.


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The following criteria are used to help decide if the acute rehab program is right for you:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must require two or more of the following therapies: physical, occupational and/or speech therapy.
  • Must be medically stable and able to participate in three hours of therapy per day, at least five days per week.
  • Must have the need for medical management, as well as rehabilitation.
  • Must show the potential for greater independence through rehab services and be reasonable the patient will return to home.

At this time, we do not accept patients who require a ventilator or daily neurosurgical follow-up.

Insurance coverage & payment options

Medicare pays for the cost of inpatient rehabilitation provided that the patient meets criteria at admission and during his or her stay. The medical director will approve all admissions based on these guidelines, but they are always subject to Medicare review.

Private insurance, medical assistance and managed care benefits will be verified prior to admission, and pre-authorization for admission must be obtained. This is not a guarantee of payment.

Throughout a patient's stay, the Lake Region Healthcare utilization review coordinator will work with the insurance case manager to obtain continued authorization.

Private payment can be arranged though Lake Region Healthcare's Patient Financial Services.

Third party funding sources such as workers' compensation and vocational Rehabilitation can be explored as needed in addition to, or with limitation of, other payer sources.

Referral sources, patients, and families will be offered alternative options when persons referred do not meet the requirements for admission to the program.

We work with patients, families, and medical professionals to determine whether or not admission is appropriate. To make a referral or request a tour, please contact:

Community Relations/Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 218.736.8247
Nurses station: 218.736.8031
Fax: 218.736.8791