Age-wise Geriatric Therapy Improves Outcomes

Ascension Wisconsin provides seniors with age-wise rehabilitation therapies close to home after an operation, injury, or stroke.

Geriatric Physical Therapy

In the Milwaukee area, Fox Valley, and Rhinelander regions, our specialized geriatric rehabilitation programs give Wisconsin seniors more therapy options. Many of our licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists specialize in treating older adults. With our personalized care plan, we customize therapies for your recovery goals. In Wisconsin, patients have direct access to physical therapy with some provisions. Referral is not required for conditioning, injury prevention, improving biomechanics, and treating musculoskeletal injuries (excluding acute fractures or soft tissue avulsions).


High Patient Satisfaction Scores

Overall, Ascension Wisconsin Rehabilitation has on average a 98 percent patient satisfaction score. The Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) assessment ranks rehabilitation centers nationally based on the likelihood of patients meeting or exceeding outcomes. These FOTO scores give you a glimpse into our patient experience.

Our patients report consistent functional improvements after every visit. They score our rehabilitation clinics among the best in the nation.

Mercy Medical Center hip reward

Patients with hip conditions rank our physical therapy sessions in the top 13 percent based on Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) assessment, improvements per visit, Ascension Northeast Wisconsin Mercy Hospital, 2018.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Programs

Aquatic therapy can be one component of a geriatric rehabilitation program to help manage arthritis and chronic pain while improving strength and balance. Source: Ascension Wisconsin Rehabilitation at the Rhinelander YMCA.Throughout Wisconsin, we have outpatient rehabilitation clinics at convenient locations. Our clinics are in tune with the needs of seniors and provide highly effective therapies to enhance your mobility and overall recovery. At Ascension Wisconsin, your personalized therapy plan gives you access to a wide range of therapies and modalities, including biofeedback, stress management, and neuromuscular stimulation. Together, we give you tools to better manage your pain and improve overall function and mobility.

  • Aquatic therapy, pool or swimEx hydrotherapy
  • Alter G treadmill and gait analysis
  • Balance disorder therapies
  • Bowel or bladder incontinence therapy
  • Cardiac rehabilitation phase II
  • Cancer rehab
  • Joint replacement recovery
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Parkinson therapies (LSVT Big, LSVT Loud)
  • Stroke recovery therapy
  • Zero-gravity system for weightbearing injuries

For your safety, our clinics also provide driver assessments.

Hospital-based Inpatient Therapy after Surgery

Ascension Wisconsin hospitals have compassionate, onsite rehabilitation therapists. Our bedside therapy focuses on your immediate care plan after surgery.  Ascension hospital rooms include safety and comfort features for seniors, such as non-skid floors, less invasive equipment, and lower-lighting options.

Many of our hospitals have a Joint Camp as part of Ascension’s hip and knee replacement program. The therapy center is part of the orthopedic unit. We focus on improving your functional mobility as part of your total recovery, so daily activities become easier.

Continuing Therapy After Your Hospital Discharge

We help make the transition after hospitalization easier. Your hospital’s care coordinator will discuss follow-up doctor appointments and therapy sessions with you and your family. Always continue your home therapy exercises. Ascension post-acute care services are designed to help you from being readmitted to the hospital.

  • Acute inpatient rehabilitation facility - some locations specialize in stroke and neurologic brain injury rehabilitation
  • Ascension at Homehome health care including physical therapy
  • Skilled nursing facilities - includes rehabilitation therapy
  • Swing-bed programs in hospitals - also include rehabilitation services
  • Transitional medicine clinics - for complex case management and related outpatient rehabilitation services

Your Geriatric Care Team

Ascension Medical Group has doctors and nurse practitioners who specialize in geriatric medicine, neurology, neuro-psychology for memory care, orthopedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Find a Doctor >

At Ascension, our care team connects you to all points of care, so you don’t have to.  Our therapists give you recommendations for wellness activities and age-wise exercises and encourage you to stay active. See our classes and events >

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New Pre-Pay Program for Therapy Services

Don’t let rapidly changing healthcare insurance plans stop you from getting the physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech-language services you need. The Ascension Wisconsin Rehabilitation pre-pay program enables you to pay for services rendered with check, cash, or credit card for a very affordable price.

This option provides greater flexibility for patients with different types of insurance coverage:

  • High deductibles
  • A treatment plan that requires limited therapy visits
  • Services not covered by your insurance plan, for example, dry needling or some pediatric therapies
  • Self-pay based on your needs at that time

Patients of all ages can participate in the pre-pay program. For more information, contact an Ascension Wisconsin Rehabilitation Clinic or Hospital near you.