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Outpatient Rehabilitation

  • The Comprehensive Day Program at Penn State Hershey Outpatient Rehabilitation Center offers individuals the advantages of living at home while receiving a combination of multiple therapies in a structured, supervised environment during the day. The goals of the program are to maximize personal and functional independence that re-establishes a daily routine and ultimately allows individuals to actively participate in community and life roles. This specialized full-day format is for patients who can benefit from a high intensity of rehabilitation services but do not require 24 hour nursing care in a hospital setting.

    Most participants benefit from a five-day-a-week program, which includes both individual and group therapies in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and therapeutic recreation. In addition, patients practice learned skills on their own in an open environment where supervision and assistance can be provided. The program offers participants and their family members the daily support and guidance needed to live at home, yet continue to progress in their rehabilitation goals. Each day lasts approximately five to seven hours, and may also include neuropsychology consultation, medical consultation, and social work consultation. To enhance community re-integration, outings are regularly scheduled to identify and practice needed skills. The Comprehensive Day Program can be an important next step in an individual’s continuum of care, transitioning from hospital to home. For other individuals, it may offer a vital first step in their rehabilitation journey.

    Each participant’s program is coordinated, evaluated and modified through regular meetings of the treatment team and input from the participant and family. Reports are shared regularly. For more information or to make a referral, please call (717) 833-5300.