Duke Rehabilitation Institute

Duke Rehabilitation Institute
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Duke Rehabilitation Institute

Type: Duke Regional Hospital Inpatient Department

Duke Rehabilitation Institute (formerly Durham Rehabilitation Institute) offers a complete continuum of care, from acute inpatient rehabilitation to individually tailored outpatient program. From tying their shoes to climbing the stairs, we help patients restore their independence.

Our 30-bed facility is located on the seventh floor of Duke Regional Hospital.

The inpatient unit specializes in short term rehabilitation of patients with a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Total joint replacements
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Traumatic and acquired brain injury
  • Orthopaedic injuries

Admission criteria

Patients admitted to Duke Rehabilitation Institute must:

  • Require at least two skilled therapies, including physical therapy
  • Need and be able to tolerate three hours each day of out of bed therapy
  • Require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing and physician medical management
  • Have the potential for improvement
  • Be able to learn new information

The care team

The care team creates an individualized therapy program to meet each patient's needs. We promote health, independence, and the most active lifestyle achievable. Patients and their families receive training, support, and discharge planning assistance.

Each patient's treatment program is led by the rehabilitation physician and program manager. Other team members include:

  • Adult nurse practitioner
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Admission coordinators
  • Discharge planning nurse
  • Social worker

Patients have access to all the medical services available at Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Health.


The Duke Rehabilitation Institute is spacious and well equipped, occupying two wings on the top floor of Duke Regional Hospital.

The institute features:

  • Large patient rooms, each with television, telephone, Wi-Fi access, and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom with roll-in shower
  • State-of-the-art gym, including a suspension walking assistance device and indoor practice car (adjustable to the height of a patient's personal car)
  • Practice kitchen with standard and wheelchair accessible equipment
  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing
  • Visi-Pitch, a computerized speech/voice feedback system
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Evening and weekend recreational activities, including pet therapy
  • Stroke support group
  • Community re-entry activities