At Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute (OHRI), we offer comprehensive care in the hospital setting that helps you get back to your life. Whether you have had a traumatic accident, were injured on the job or have been through joint replacement surgery, our goal is to help you achieve independence again with your day to day routine. We do this through consistency and teamwork, and including you and your family as active members of our team.

Programs We Offer: Is Your Diagnosis Listed Here?

Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute is home to a few well-known community programs, such as Lucerne Spinal Center, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC) and Center for Orthopedics. We have been doing what we do for almost 30 years. But our facility is home to more than just spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and hip replacements. As part of the Orlando Health network, we receive patients from ORMC?s Level One Trauma Center who have been through severe accidents. Some of the typical diagnoses we see include:

  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Amputations
  • Spine and back surgeries
  • Hip, knee and shoulder replacements
  • Burns
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Multiple trauma
  • Guillain-Barre

How Do I Get Admitted to Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute?

To be considered eligible for our program, you must meet the following guidelines:

  • Have an appropriate diagnosis, such as those listed above
  • Be able to tolerate three hours of therapy every day
  • Be expected to benefit from inpatient rehabilitation, to achieve functional improvement to prepare for your discharge home
  • Have adequate support of family and caregivers for a safe discharge home
  • Have authorization from your insurance company, if applicable.

A Day at Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute: What is Rehab like?
In our rehab facility, we try to quickly establish a routine that provides structure to your day. We believe that the key to regaining your independence is to be given the chance to complete your own typical daily routine. Assistance is provided as needed. If you or a family member is a patient at Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute, these are you some of the things you can expect:

  • Getting washed, dressed and out of bed every morning before breakfast
  • Receiving at least three hours of scheduled therapy every day, including physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy
  • Spending time out of the room every day, including all meal times
  • Becoming more independent with medication and dressing changes
  • Practicing home tasks such as making a meal or doing laundry
  • Local community outings such as grocery shopping, dining out or a movie
  • Becoming independent with a daily exercise program
  • Involving your family in your therapy and medical care
  • Returning home with your therapist for home modification recommendations.

Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute is home to three CARF-accredited programs, including the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC), Lucerne Spinal Center and Lucerne Center for Orthopedics. We provide world-class care at our facility in the areas of brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, joint replacements, spinal surgery and major multiple traumas.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC)

We have a comprehensive approach to traumatic brain injury and stroke called BIRC. BIRC stands for brain injury rehabilitation center, and is home to therapists, nurses and physicians who specialize in this population. Being part of an interdisciplinary team means that you or your family member gets the best care. Our outcomes for brain injury rehabilitation reflect this (link to outcomes). We achieve results more quickly than the average rehabilitation facility. This means you not only get better function, but you get it in less time. A typical length of stay at BIRC is two to three weeks, but this varies based on your personal situation.

If you want to receive more information about receiving treatment for any of the above diagnoses at OHRI, please follow this link.

Lucerne Spinal Center

At Lucerne Spinal Center, we specialize in rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries. These include paraplegia, quadriplegia, central cord syndrome and many other spinal conditions. Our interdisciplinary team is made up of doctors, nurses and therapists who have specialty training in the area of spinal cord rehabilitation, and our outcomes reflect this (link to outcomes). More of our patients are discharged back into the community than the national average.

In addition to providing mentorship from others with spinal cord injury, Lucerne Spinal Center is also home to the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, which is open to patients and people in the community. A typical length of stay for a patient with spinal cord injury can vary from a few weeks to two months, depending on how much therapy is required to achieve the greatest level of independence.

Lucerne Center for Orthopedics

At Lucerne Center for Orthopedics, we provide quality medical and rehabilitative care for those who have undergone elective joint replacements, have had fractures repaired or been involved in a major multiple trauma. Because our team is specialized in orthopedic rehabilitation, our outcomes show shorter lengths of stay and better functional gains than the average rehabilitation facility.

At the Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute we’re proud to have some of the most advanced technology to assist our patients on their path to recovery. We recently acquired new technology that we’re very excited to introduce to our patients when it’s appropriate for their care. These devices, made by Bioness, may help patients to avoid dragging their foot and tripping when walking, or assist them with grasping an object with their hand. The devices are worn on the lower leg or the forearm and use a computer controlled electrical stimulation system that sends low-level electrical impulses to muscles in order to assist in movement.  The devices promote earlier and safer ambulation for our patients, as well as restore patient independence with activities of daily living.

Scope of Service
Below we have provided our 2011 “Scope of Service” documents that detail each of our accredited rehabilitation programs. Within these documents, you’ll find answers to questions such as:

  • How does someone become a patient or get admitted?
  • Who is an appropriate candidate for the Spinal Cord Injury Program?
  • What type of specialists work at OHRI?
  • What services are offered for Brain Injury patients?
  • How does OHRI help Stroke patients recover?

There is detailed information for you in each of these Scope of Service documents, so you can understand how our programs operate.