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THE CHOICE
OF A
LIFETIME

Stroke survivors have two options for rehabilitation. They can choose either an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, like Shirley Ryan AbilityLab or a Skilled Nursing Facility (sub-acute rehabilitation). It’s a big decision and the difference in outcomes can be huge.


Lets Take a Quick Look at The Numbers

180

The number of days in six months, which represents a very important window of time to achieve maximum recovery. The longer you wait, the harder it is to recover. 
The clock is ticking. 

Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, “Variable Intensive Early Walking Post Stroke,” 2015

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8X

At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility you will experience 8 times greater improvement in cognitive ability (reading, using a phone, following complex instructions) versus being treated at a Skilled Nursing Facility. 

Source: ACRM, “Does Post-acute Site Matter? A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke”, 2013

14

At a Skilled Nursing Facility (sub-acute rehab), a physician is required to evaluate the patient within 14 days of admittance. 

Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

 
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1

At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, a physician is required to evaluate you the very first day you arrive.

Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

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5X

At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility you will experience 5 times greater improvement in mobility (walking, bending, lifting and carrying) versus being treated at a Skilled Nursing Facility. 

Source: ACRM, “Does Post-acute Site Matter? A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke”, 2013

8

At a Skilled Nursing Facility, a registered nurse is required to be available only 8 hours a day. 

Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

 
 

24

At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, a registered nurse is required to be available 24 hours a day. 

Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

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3X

At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility you will experience 3 times greater improvement in self-care ability (grooming, dressing, meal preparation) versus being treated at a Skilled Nursing Facility. 

Source: ACRM, “Does Post-acute Site Matter? A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke”, 2013

8.9

The typical Skilled Nursing Facility provides less than 9 hours of therapy per week

Source: Department of Health and Human Services

 
 

17.5

At RIC, you can expect 17.5 hours of therapy per week, or more.  

Source: Department of Health and Human Services

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#1

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Formerly The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) #1 for 26 years in a row. In sports, that’s a dynasty. The numbers on this page represent the facts. And the fact is stroke survivors can make dramatic improvements. But the choice you make now has a lot do with it. After all, what could be more important?