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Inpatient physical rehabilitation

Inpatient physical rehabilitation provides intense, daily treatment and physician services for people who need 24-hour help while they recover from surgery or conditions such as strokes.

Rehabilitation centers in San Antonio

If you or someone you love needs rehabilitation due to injury or illness, we want to help you get on the road to recovery.

Methodist Healthcare has rehabilitation centers conveniently located throughout San Antonio, providing individualized recovery services with a patient- and family-centered approach. Our primary objective is working in collaboration with you to help you achieve and maintain an elevated level of wellness following your stay in the hospital.

For more information about our rehabilitation locations, acceptance criteria, or to schedule a tour, please call (210) 785-5900.

The rehabilitation team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, a dietitian, a pharmacist, social workers, case managers and physicians who collaborate with patients and their loved ones to create a treatment plan focused on potential, not limitations.

Upon completion of the rehabilitation program, the team will assist in making arrangements for equipment, medical care or other services that can enhance your return to independence.

Features of our inpatient rehabilitation programs

Inpatient rehabilitation takes place within a hospital setting, providing rehabilitation services that are managed by specially trained physicians, nurses and support staff. The inpatient team collaborates to develop a coordinated care plan that’s designed to meet your personal medical and rehabilitation needs. Our physicians and nurses are available 24/7 and regularly visit with you throughout the day. Our team is honored to provide rehabilitation services for the San Antonio community, including our veterans.

Your daily activities will be structured to provide a coordinated program of intensive therapeutic services that have been tailored to meet your individual rehabilitation needs. Although the schedule and actual therapy program will vary, most of your day will be spent in active therapy.

A typical patient day may look like:

  • 6:30am — Awake
  • 7:00am — Grooming and dressing
  • 8:00am — Breakfast
  • 8:30am — Therapies begin
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1:00pm — Therapies resume
  • 4:30pm — Visiting hours and free time
  • 5:30pm — Dinner
  • 9:00pm — Bedtime/quiet activities


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared under the supervision of a registered dietitian. You may select your own menu or a selective menu will be provided to you daily. If you have any questions regarding the diet, please ask your nurse or dietitian.

Rehabilitative therapy

Physical therapy

Physical therapists working in a rehabilitation setting combine their knowledge of joint and muscle function with your limited mobility to return them to their highest level of functional movement.

Specifically, physical therapy provides:

  • Balance activities — For controlled and coordinated movements
  • Gait training — Retraining to improve the quality of walking
  • Manual therapy — Hands-on therapy to improve joint mobility and muscle function
  • Modalities — Including ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Muscle strengthening and coordination
  • Neuromuscular facilitation — Hands-on work used to stimulate muscle function
  • Pain management

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy assesses your ability to perform basic self-care and living skills at your highest level of independence. Our occupational therapists address disabilities that relate to upper extremity function, cognition and psychosocial adjustment to their environment.

Occupational therapy in rehabilitation settings includes:

  • Balance issues — Sitting balance and standing balance
  • Cognitive skills — Problem-solving, memory, attention, judgment
  • Independent living skills — Cooking, cleaning, money management
  • Psychosocial issues — Stress management, adjustment to illness
  • Self-care needs — Dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming, feeding
  • Sensory integration
  • Upper extremity rehab — Range of motion, strength, sensation

Speech therapy

Our speech pathologists are here when you need speech therapy, a type of therapy that addresses communication and feeding. Your need to communicate is almost as basic as the ability to eat independently.

Speech pathologists address:

  • Cognitive deficits — Memory, reading, problem-solving, sequencing
  • Communication compensation — Communication boards, sign language
  • Dysphagia — Impaired feeding/swallowing strategies
  • Neurological communication deficits — Difficulty speaking after a stroke
  • Oral motor control — Treatment to improve the function of the mouth

Inpatient rehab locations

Our inpatient rehabilitation centers for your speech, occupational and physical therapy needs are based at the following locations:

Patient and visitor information

Please inform your friends and family of your therapy schedule so you are available to enjoy time with them. Visitors are welcome and an important part of your rehabilitation program.

Recommended visiting hours are:

  • Monday through Saturday — 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Sunday — Noon to 8:30pm

Special arrangements can be made for your family to observe therapy sessions and to learn more about the rehab services you are receiving. A member of our rehabilitation team will contact family members to arrange for family training.

If a friend or family member requires overnight accommodations, please request a list of area hotels from the rehabilitation staff.

This is a smoke-free and tobacco-free hospital. Visitors may not smoke anywhere on hospital property. We do not permit alcohol or drugs inside, outside or on the grounds of the hospital.

Methodist inpatient rehabilitation centers

If you or someone you love needs rehabilitation due to injury or illness, Methodist Healthcare is ready to help you on the road to recovery. Methodist Healthcare has rehabilitation centers conveniently located throughout San Antonio that provide rehabilitation services with a patient and family-centered approach.

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