Stroke Rehabilitation

A stroke can be devastating, robbing people of their mobility, speech, independence and freedom to live life. But recovery from stroke is possible. Research shows that early and specialized rehabilitation can help maximize a person's physical and cognitive recovery and enhance quality of life.

Our goal-directed approach to stroke rehabilitation focuses on helping patients:

  • Regain mobility and improve balance
  • Learn the skills necessary to perform daily activities
  • Improve speech and swallowing
  • Develop new cognitive and behavioral strategies to compensate for any deficits

The Patient Experience


RIM's Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program is 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.

RIM's state-of-the-art Neuroscience Unit for Stroke and Brain Injury Recovery (watch video) is equipped with the most advanced neurorecovery technology available and is staffed by experts in stroke rehabilitation.

RIM's Stroke Team is led by a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (known as a physiatrist). Other members of the team include:

  • Rehab nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Nutrition
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social work

RIM’s team also involves patients and their family members at every step of the treatment process, so that everyone can make informed decisions about inpatient and outpatient services, follow-up care, home adjustments and other special needs.

Specialized Care

RIM's stroke program incorporates therapeutic techniques based on the newest information available from emerging research around the globe. Patients have access to some of the most promising and advanced therapies for brain recovery including:

  • The Zero G, a body-weight supported treadmill training device to improve gait performance and mobility
  • The Armeo Spring, which promotes constraint induced therapy to strengthen motor function
  • The InMotion2, an upper extremity robotic therapy to help build new neural pathways
  • Dynavision 2® to address visual impairments, balance and attention
  • Pharmacologic interventions to manage spasticity
  • Advanced therapeutic interventions to improve speech and swallowing

RIM also provides a wide range of specialty services including:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Recreational activities
  • Support Groups
  • Dysphagia management
  • Home evaluations
  • Orthotics
  • Post rehab fitness program
  • Patient/family stroke education
  • Wheelchair services and seating
  • Neurorecovery Center

For more information about RIM's inpatient stroke rehabilitation program or to schedule a tour of our Neuroscience Unit for Stroke Therapy and Brain Injury Recovery, call (313) 745-1000.

Outpatient Stroke Rehab Program

Once a patient is discharged from our inpatient stroke program, treatment continues seamlessly, as the information from our acute care hospital is transferred to the outpatient facility prior to the start of care. Through electronic medical record, case management and staff contact, we ensure a smooth transition and peace of mind, that the quality of care you have come to expect, will continue. Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s outpatient program is designed to help individuals return back to their homes, work and community activities.

In addition, RIM's outpatient Neurorecovery Center is an innovative therapeutic program aimed at neuromuscular re-education and activating impaired muscles and nerves following a stroke or other neurological condition. Click here to learn more.

Stroke Stories

Faster Care, Better Outcomes

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