What is Mercy’s Day Rehabilitation Program?

Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center is one of the area’s most progressive rehabilitation units. Our day program offers comprehensive rehabilitation services on an outpatient basis. This structured day-long program allows individuals to participate in therapies, break for lunch, receive a brief rest period, follow-up with additional therapies and return home in the evening.

Program Description

Once a referral is received, evaluations will be reviewed by the admission coordinators and rehabilitation physician as needed. If the individual is able to participate in the day program, their physician will prescribe the therapies to be completed. This includes a specific order for the day program, number of times the individual is to participate weekly, specific therapies and diagnosis.

Our rehabilitation team is an interdisciplinary group working together to help the participant make the most of his or her abilities.

The team consists of:

  • Rehabilitation Physician
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social Service/Case Management


The team meets weekly to discuss the participant’s progress and goals. Discharge from the program will depend on the amount of progress, level of independent functioning, resources available in the community, home setting and individual goals.

A room and comfortable chair will be provided for rest as needed. Meals are provided daily, or participants are welcome to bring lunches if preferred. A refrigerator is available. Medications should be brought from home with a goal of self-administration.

An example of someone who may be appropriate for the Mercy’s Day Rehabilitation Program:

A person recently discharged from the acute hospital who continues to need intensive therapies and a structured setting. Family/caregivers are available at home in the evening and on the weekends. Transportation is available. An estimated length of time in Mercy’s Day Rehabilitation Program is two to three weeks. At that time, individual therapies on a less frequent basis can be arranged and continued at the hospital.

Criteria of the Program

Four criteria are considered when individuals are evaluated for admission to the Mercy Day Rehabilitation Program.

  1. A physician’s order and/or prescription for Mercy’s Day Rehabilitation Program. Order must include PT and OT evaluation and client diagnosis.
  2. Ability to actively participate in at least three hours per day of therapy, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, with speech therapy as needed.
  3. Cognitive ability to actively follow directions and request assistance if needed. Able to manage own medications unless other arrangements are made.
  4. Ability of family to transport daily


This is considered an outpatient service and insurance coverage will vary. This can be discussed prior to beginning the program.

Hours of operation: 7am – 5pm

We look forward to working with you.

To refer an individual, please call 330-580-4717 or 330-580-4716 and an admission coordinator will assist you.

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Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1971 (Section 504), Mercy Medical Center does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities relative to handicapped persons.

The Director of Human Resources is the person designated by the Medical Center to monitor its compliance with the Act, and any comments or concerns may be directed to (330) 489-1026.

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