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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.

Inpatient physical rehab program in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

We offer inpatient rehabilitative care to help you regain the highest level of independence possible.

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital provides this care via our physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Additionally, ours is the only inpatient acute care rehabilitation facility — HCA Florida Northwest Rehabilitation Center — in the area.

Rehab outcomes

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Conditions treated with rehabilitative therapy

Our rehabilitation team has experience treating many conditions and disorders, including:

  • Amputations
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Brain injuries
  • Cognitive and perceptual deficits
  • Hip fractures
  • Impaired mobility, balance and coordination
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Limitations in self care
  • Limitation in strength and range of motion
  • Major multiple traumas
  • Neurological disorders
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Strokes
  • Swallowing disorders

Our services

We offer a range of services designed to help you recover from serious illnesses and injuries. Our specialists are dedicated to creating a plan that's tailored to your individual needs.

Our inpatient rehabilitation services

We offer comprehensive rehabilitative care to help you recover abilities, gain strength and maximize independence.

Accredited rehabilitative care

HCA Florida Northwest Rehabilitation Center, our inpatient rehabilitation center, is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF International) as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehab Program. CARF International also designated our facility as a Specialty Stroke Program.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps restore the abilities needed to return to work, school and activities of daily living. To help you adapt to any permanently changed abilities, our occupational therapists may help with home modifications or wheelchair fittings.

Occupational therapy can also help with:

  • Activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing or homemaking
  • Cognitive performance
  • Lymphedema management
  • Splinting
  • Upper extremity function (strength, range of motion)

Physical therapy

Our licensed physical therapists provide individualized programs to help you regain strength, mobility and independence after an illness, injury or medical procedure.

On your initial visit to our inpatient rehab center, your therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and customize a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Some of the physical therapies and rehabilitative techniques we offer include:

  • Balance and coordination training for vestibular problems
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Fall prevention and recovery
  • Injury prevention
  • Physiotherapy
  • Postoperative rehab
  • Strength and endurance programs
  • Wound care

Speech-language therapy

Speech-language therapy helps restore your speech and language skills and oral motor function skills.

Our speech therapists are trained to help with:

  • Aphasia (trouble using or understanding words)
  • Apraxia (trouble producing speech)
  • Cognitive-linguistic communication (trouble with communication)
  • Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)

Some of our speech, language and swallowing therapies and services include:

  • Alternative communication devices
  • Modified barium swallowing studies
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Voice therapy

Our specialized rehabilitation programs

We also provide specialized programs, including:

Neurological and stroke rehabilitation

Our neurological rehabilitation program helps patients recovery from head injuries, spinal cord disorders, genetic diseases, strokes and other neurological conditions.

Our inpatient rehabilitation center offers the Active Adult Stroke Program. This specialized program helps patients recover their abilities after receiving initial stroke treatment.

To aid in a full recovery, you gain access to a range of rehabilitative therapies and advanced equipment, including:

  • Body weight supported exercise equipment
  • Family and caregiver training
  • Fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and laundry environments for therapy training
  • Neuromuscular retraining
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • One-on-one therapy available with physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Stroke prevention education
  • Vital stimulation therapies provided by a certified therapist
  • Vocational, family, financial and intimacy counseling

Orthopedic pain management

Our full continuum of orthopedic care includes orthopedic rehabilitation. We focus on managing pain in the low back, neck and extremities. Additionally, we provide therapies to help you recover from a joint replacement surgery or to relieve pain caused by an injury.

Inpatient physical rehabilitation center

Inpatient therapy programs are provided at Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida. This is a campus of our hospital located in Destin, Florida.

This newly renovated facility offers patients private rooms, larger areas for rehabilitation and an upscale dining area. Patients receive proactive, around-the-clock care with the primary goal of restoring abilities and regaining independence.

For more information about our inpatient rehabilitation center, please call (850) 863-7651.

Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is located at:

Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida
996 Airport Road
Destin, FL 32541

Neal Barlow — Patient testimonial

For 62-year-old Neal Barlow, the services he received through Fort Walton - Destin Hospital's Trauma ER, Surgical and Inpatient and Outpatient rehab got him back to a new normal.

Northwest Rehabilitation Center, A part of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital

Northwest Rehabilitation Center is the only inpatient acute care rehab facility in the area and the only CARF accredited rehab facility in the entire Panhandle. At the newly renovated Northwest Rehabilitation Center, our 24-hour care means you have the time, space and supportive staff you need to grow stronger everyday…step by step…day by day, getting you better and returning you home.

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