Ohio State can help you relearn or improve daily living skills after an injury or illness.

The Community Re-entry Program at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center helps you develop the skills you need to maximize your independence after an injury or illness.

Your individualized care plan will identify your unique goals and create steps to achieve them. Through the use of innovative technologies and treatments, including simulators, you will begin to regain functions applicable to your daily living and working environment. Your end-goal is to maximize your health and well-being while functioning as independently as possible in your home, work or school environment. 

Our Patients

Ohio State’s Community Re-entry Program provides unique support for patients with neurological impairments due to:

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 your individual talents. Here’s why patients choose Ohio State for assistance re-entering their home, work or school environment:

Personalized Care: We design a personalized community re-entry plan based on your personal needs and goals. We specialize in the treatment of young adults with brain injuries. A team of expert healthcare professionals works together to provide comprehensive, innovative treatments tailored to meet your needs.

Accredited Care: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our 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.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques and innovative care backed by research knowledge.

Our Services

Our Services

The Community Re-entry Program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (outpatient services). These services help you achieve your highest level of recovery.

Services include:

  • Community outings – You visit 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. Before 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 highly 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 help you determine volunteer readiness and appropriateness

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

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

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