Spine & Neurosciences Institute

Inpatient Rehabilitation Service

The Rehabilitation unit of Aspirus Wausau Hospital works with patients disabled as a result of disease, disorder, or injury. Patients with spine and neurological disorders often receive rehabilitation as part of their course of treatment.

The mission of the rehabilitation unit is to provide a safe, positive environment where individuals who have been disabled by illness or injury can reach their potential, accept responsibility for their lives, and live a lifestyle that is acceptable to them.

The program is designed to assist persons in achieving the greatest degree of independence and returning people to their homes. Rehabilitative services are provided on both an in-patient and outpatient basis.


The rehabilitation unit is a 12-bed unit certified by both the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO) and the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


The rehabilitation staff understands the importance of outcomes. Patients want to return to normal activity and/or their home in the shortest time possible, payers desire quality care that is cost effective.

That’s why, the rehabilitation unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital consistently performs better in the areas of length of stay and in program efficiency for patients who have suffered stroke, brain, spinal cord, orthopedic, trauma, and debility conditions.

In the 2007 and 2008 Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) reports, Aspirus Rehabilitation Unit was a benchmark leader in quality outcome scores for patient functional improvement, length of  stay and discharge to home.

Aspirus Rehabilitation Unit outperformed state, regional and national rehab facilities and was ranked in the top 10 percent for inpatient rehabilitation facilities evaluated by UDSMR.

The Members of our Team

Whether you are receiving care on the inpatient rehabilitation unit or treatment at the outpatient rehabilitation facility, a team of health care professionals works together to provide individual care for patients. The staff consists of physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physical therapy aides, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and speech and language specialists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation and specialty nurses.

'Just Like Home'

"Just Like Home" is an apartment-like setting that is located on the inpatient unit. Patients practice homemaking skills and home mobility with the guidance of a therapist. Within the apartment are a kitchen and dining room, a lounge area, a bedroom area, laundry and bathroom. The apartment is also available for special family gatherings and overnight passes for certain patients.