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Carondelet Neurological Institute Support Groups


Rehabilitation Services

Our team of rehabilitation specialists help patients re-learn lost skills and acquire new adaptive skills in order to maximize independence and regain self-esteem.

Carondelet Health Network has been providing residents of Tucson and Southern Arizona with comprehensive rehabilitation services for more than 40 years. Carondelet Neurological Institute’s Rehabilitation Services are designed to provide patients with a bridge from illness and injury to health and well being.

Treatment tailored to the individual

Using an organized, coordinated team approach, Rehabilitation Services cares for patients with all levels of rehabilitative needs. Care is provided to individuals with a temporary, progressive, or permanent neurological illness or injury that has interrupted or altered the ability to live and function independently. Specialized programs are offered to those affected by:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Progressive neuromuscular diseases, such as Parkinson’s and
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Memory or cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Spine injuries and disorders
  • Complex neuromedical conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Guillian-Barre Syndrome, and epilepsy
  • Vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders

Our rehabilitation programs are developed and coordinated by an team of health care professionals that includes:

  • Physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Rehabilitation psychologists
  • Occupational, physical and speech-language therapists
  • Audiologists
  • Rehabilitation counselors 
  • Case managers

All have specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of neurological disorders and injuries.

Our staff includes:

  • Certified orthopedic and vestibular specialists
  • A speech therapist certified in swallowing rehabilitation 
  • Physical therapists and speech-language therapists certified to work with patients who have Parkinson’s Disease

Patients, their family members and caregivers work together to build a rehabilitation plan.

Rehabilitation Services has implemented several unique approaches to treatment, including the use of LiteGait®, a suspension system that allows a therapist to safely move a person from a seated position to a proper upright posture. Proper posture is maintained throughout the training session, facilitating changes in posture, balance, specific muscular strength and overall gait patterns.

Computer-assisted therapy is used to treat deficits in communication and cognition. Comprehensive aquatic services are provided to facilitate recovery and promote physical well-being through movement in water.

PAWS for Health is a unique animal assisted therapy program which pairs trained and certified animals with licensed rehabilitation therapists during individual physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment sessions. The activities in each session help improve the patient’s balance, range of motion, mobility, coordination, memory and endurance.

Services when and where they are needed

All service programs are customized by physicians, therapists and nurses specializing in neurological care to meet the individual patient’s needs. Both one-on-one and group therapy options are available.

Patients may receive rehabilitative services in 

  • an acute inpatient setting
  • the inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • outpatient rehabilitation clinics

Rehabilitation Services is the only local program that provides physical therapy services in the Emergency Department.

Inpatient services are provided seven days a week within the specialized 20-bed inpatient Rehabilitation Center or the Neurological Inpatient Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Outpatient services are provided Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Outpatient Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Carondelet’s Neurological Outpatient Rehabilitation Program provides an individualized, client-centered approach. Physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, along with rehabilitation counseling is provided. Support service offerings include pool therapy, hearing services and psychological counseling.

Patients and their caregivers can participate in ongoing stroke, brain injury, and communication support groups. Groups and classes assist patients in their transition back into the community and daily life. Home visits are used to help ensure a successful transition.

For more information, to make an appointment or to have your physician make a referral, please call (520) 873-5847.

Download: Rehabilitation Brochure