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 Community Re-entry Program

The Community Re-entry Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center helps you learn the skills you need to maximize your independence in daily life. We teach you how to adapt and function by simulating various environments, such as your community, home, work and school. Our goal is to enable you to reconnect with aspects of your life that existed prior to your injury or illness.

Our Patients

We provide care for patients with neurological impairments due to:

  • Brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis (chronic disease of the central nervous system)
  • Parkinson's disease (disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke (blocked or bleeding blood vessel in the brain)
  • Multiple trauma (a number of injuries sustained at the same time)
  • Complex orthopaedic conditions
  • Other neurologic conditions (peripheral neuropathy, neuromuscular diseases, chronic neuropathic pain)

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our Community Re-entry Program provides opportunities for you to develop life skills, vocational skills and individual talents. There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • We design a personalized community re-entry plan based on your personal needs and goals to ensure the most efficient and effective results.
  • We specialize in the treatment of young adults with brain injuries.
  • A team of healthcare professionals with different areas of expertise work together to provide comprehensive, innovative treatments tailored to meet your needs.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

The Community Re-entry Program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation – from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Services include:

  • Community outings – You use visits to banks, restaurants, parks and stores to apply learned coping techniques in "real life," under the guidance of therapists.
  • Practice in simulated environments – Our newly remodeled inpatient facility features a fully functional kitchen, bathroom and living space where you can practice cooking, cleaning and other activities. Prior to being discharged from inpatient rehabilitation you may also spend a night in the simulated environment with a family member/spouse/significant other to determine your ability to cope in a home environment.
  • Re-entry to work or school – Working with employers and schools, we design the most effective therapy programs to assist you with returning to work or school if you are able.
  • Volunteering – We work with various agencies including Ohio State's Volunteer Services, to aid the patient in determining volunteer readiness and appropriateness

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Rehabilitation psychologists (specialize in the mental and emotional health of patients with chronic illness or disability)
  • Speech-language pathologists (specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing)
  • Recreational therapists (specialize in providing education and community-based interventions to improve patients’ physical, mental, social and emotional well being)
  • Case managers (specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)

Care Locations

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:

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