Rehabilitation Services

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

2222 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
  • Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

38.8655367, -104.821745

Latitude: 38.8655367, Longitude: -104.821745

Rehabilitation Services

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Inpatient Rehabilitation & Outpatient Therapy

  • Capron Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

    An interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation means trained professionals work directly with the patient and family to design a plan of care to meet each individual's particular condition and needs.

    Team members may include:

    • Physical Therapists (PT) carefully evaluate their patients and implement individualized treatment programs to optimize movement, flexibility and muscle control, build strength and endurance, and improve balance. The goal of physical therapy is mobility and ease of accomplishing everyday tasks.
    • Occupational Therapists (OT) help patients gain independence in performing daily activities, such as meal preparation or more complex tasks required in the workplace. A program is customized to increase strength, range of motion and coordination through exercise.
    • Speech Therapists are certified to provide specialized help with many aspects of communication and swallowing. Therapy may introduce compensatory strategies and retraining techniques, as well as the use of electronic devices and computers.
    • Rehabilitation Nurses are specially trained Registered Nurses (RNs).
    • Physiatrists are physicians who are specially credentialed in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  They are nerve, muscle and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. 
    • Nurse Counselors
    • Social Workers
    • Case Management services address the social and economic issues that arise as a result of disability and coordinates team recommendations with patients, their families and insurance carriers. Case managers also link patients with an array of community resources that can smooth the transition to home, community and work.

    Together with other members of the team, doctors are committed to helping patients return to their homes, their families and their work as quickly as possible.  Capron Rehabilitation discharges a higher percentage of patients to home or community settings compared to other regional or national rehabilitation facilities.

    Extraordinary medical capabilities are backed by state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to move patients through a smooth, positive transition to the next level of care, whether at home or in an outpatient setting. A wealth of resources and a compassionate staff reflect a rehabilitation philosophy that encourages independence and movement toward self-sufficiency.

    A peer mentoring program, Rehab Buddies, provides inpatients with one-on-one personal support during difficult adjustments and offers links with community support groups.

    Rehabilitation Services at Penrose-St. Francis are accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Inpatient Rehab Unit has an additional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  These two accreditation sources provide the most prestigious standards of excellence in inpatient hospital and rehabilitation care.

    Penrose-St. Francis Capron Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

    2222 North Nevada Avenue 
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907 

  • Outpatient Therapy

    At Penrose Outpatient Rehabilitation, we offer skilled outpatient rehabilitation services provided by licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Speech/Language Pathologists. We believe in empowering and educating our patients in a variety of ways including reducing and eliminating pain, by developing strength and conditioning and improving cognitive function. Our goal is to optimize patient functionality, producing value to their daily life regardless of their diagnosis. In addition to traditional physical, occupational and speech therapy, Penrose Outpatient Rehabilitation offers many specialty programs staffed by highly credentialed, compassionate therapists.

    Orthopedic Rehabilitation - Focuses on spine and extremity musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain management through patient education, manual therapy, modalities and muscle re-education techniques. Specializing in the medically complex, geriatric, or more fragile orthopedic patients. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and functional dry needling available.

    Neurological Rehabilitation - A team of physical, occupational and speech therapists, along with psychology, social work and others, treat patients with closed head, spinal cord and multiple trauma injuries and other neurologic conditions.

    Vestibular Rehabilitation - A specialized program providing occupational and/or physical therapy approaches for treatment of patients with balance and vestibular disorders.

    Swallowing Rehabilitation - A full continuum of care for on-site video swallow studies, clinical evaluations and the latest treatment techniques for patients with neurologic conditions.

    Lymphedema Program - A blend of lymphedemic drainage techniques, compression, exercise and patient education for trunk and extremity management of edema – under supervision of an occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant.

    Cancer Rehabilitation - An individualized program assessing edema, fatigue, neuropathy, pain, weakness, and endurance deficits resulting from radiation, chemotherapy, or surgical interventions.

    Neuropsychology - A branch of psychology focusing on how injuries or illnesses of the brain affect cognitive functions and behaviors to address the whole person. Also providing a validated computerized concussion evaluation system.

    Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation

    2222 North Nevada Avenue 
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907 

  • Outpatient Driving Rehabilitation Program

    Fitness to Drive is a driving rehabilitation program for those who need to develop or improve their current driving capacities due to injury or age-related changes. The program helps new drivers with needs beyond the general driver's education classes. Our program aims to balance personal freedom and independence with the public safety needs of our community.

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    Occupational therapists, who are driving rehabilitation specialists, provide clinical evaluation, behind the wheel evaluation, adaptive equipment prescription and training in skills that are essential to driving.

    Our driving rehabilitation specialists have the training and expertise to:

    • Assess a client's cognitive and physical fitness to drive
    • Provide driver training in use of adaptive equipment
    • Provide behind the wheel training for deficits related to attention, visual scanning, reaction time and speed of processing.
    • Recommend rehabilitation services to enhance skills related to driving
    • Assist with vehicle selection and modification

    The following people can benefit from a Comprehensive Driver's Evaluation:

    • Rehabilitation Patients who have stopped driving due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis or spinal cord injury and need to identify if they can drive again
    • Older Adults who have vision-related changes, a chronic disease such as arthritis or diabetic neuropathy, a diagnosis with early stages of dementia, or age-related changes and are unsure of their safety
    • Students or Other New Drivers with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder or a new driver with a physical disability such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida

    What does a Comprehensive Driver's Evaluation include?

    A comprehensive driver's evaluation consists of two parts.

    1. Clinical Evaluation - This in-office evaluation will include tests of:
      • Vision - depth perception, peripheral vision, visual spatial skills
      • Cognition - memory, judgment, speed of response
      • Motor Function - strength, range of motion and flexibility
    2. Behind the Wheel Evaluation 
      A Driving Rehabilitation Specialist will ride along with you in our Fitness to Drive car. Assessment will include the following skills:
      • Vehicle control
      • Problem solving ability
      • Judgment
      • Visual scanning of the environment
      • Reaction Time
      • How well you negotiate the traffic around you

    The Outcome

    Immediately after testing, you'll meet with the driving specialist to discuss your clinical results, your driving-related strengths and weaknesses, and any recommendations. A written report will be sent to your referring physician.

    Fitness to Drive

    If you or someone you know may be a candidate for Fitness to Drive, talk to your doctor for a referral.

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