• Rehabilitation Programs

  • Located in Penrose Hospital, the Rehab Unit provides a safe environment with onsite access to consulting physicians, diagnostic procedures, specialized treatments and emergency care.  This specialty unit provides inpatient rehabilitation care to meet the specialized needs of patients recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries, neurologic disorders, multiple trauma and other complex orthopedic and medical conditions.

    Penrose-St. Francis Rehabilitation Services practices an ongoing commitment to quality. We undergo reviews by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) once every three years. We are proud to announce that CARF's comprehensive survey and inspection of all of our operations has resulted in three-year accreditation.

    Capron Legacy of Caring

    Eleanor Capron Inpatient Rehabilitation began as a generous gift to the people of southern Colorado from Keith Capron in loving memory of his wife Eleanor. The spirit it reflects -- a belief in people and their potential to overcome obstacles and live as fully as possible -- guides our facilities, staff and programs today.

    Patients have told us...

    "You've helped extend my life to 140!"
    "The best of everything..."
    "... Kindness, concern and compassion ..."
    "Lucky to be here!"

    Admission Criteria

    For admission criteria and how to qualify to come to our rehabilitation unit please contact the Admissions Coordinator at (719) 776 2088 or (800) 398-2045.

    Many neurologic, orthopedic and medical conditions can result in loss or reduction of physical function, such as impaired mobility, communication, or inability to perform self care or swallow. Penrose-St. Francis Hospital provides interdisciplinary rehabilitation services to our adolescent, adult and geriatric patients to help minimize this loss of function.

    Rehabilitation services are available in all of the Penrose-St. Francis Hospital Inpatient units.  Our specialized therapists may even begin your therapy care in our Critical/Intensive Care settings to start your rehabilitation as early as possible. 

    An energetic team of rehabilitation professionals design a plan to maximize each patient's recovery capability. Physiatrists (doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation), nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, psychologists, case managers and others pool their expertise on behalf of each individual. Physicians on staff are highly credentialed experts in spinal cord, stroke and brain injury care. Our team of professionals applies specialized training in stroke, brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, backed by top-of-the-line technology. Therapists and nurses are dedicated caregivers who offer compassion and sensitivity to patients and their families, often bringing over 20 years of experience to our patients. Because the rehab unit is hospital-based, specialists in trauma, neurology, neurosurgery, internal medicine and other related fields provide consultation 24 hours a day. Access to the hospital's diagnostic and treatment resources often eliminates the need for transfer elsewhere for complex conditions. 

    Our expert staff includes:

    • Physiatrists - Physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physical Therapist Assistants
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Occupational Therapist Assistants
    • Speech and Language Pathologists
    • Rehab Technicians


    Services include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluations and treatments to address functional impairments resulting from various diagnoses and dysfunctions including but not limited to:

    The Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation team in Colorado Springs is dedicated to returning patients to their optimum level of function and independence. In addition to a full range of traditional therapy services, we offer a number of specialty programs to meet all your rehabilitation needs. Our therapists provide 1:1 treatments in a professional, caring and compassionate environment. Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

    Penrose-St. Francis Rehabilitation is rooted in a tradition of competency and caring. Our services span the spectrum from acute intervention through outpatient support and reintegration into home, work and community settings. A multi-disciplinary team backed by exemplary medical professionals helps patients reach individual goals in a compassionate, caring climate. Services are located at both Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Unlike other outpatient clinics, a full range of traditional services complements specialized programs to provide rehabilitation care to inviduals.

    Patients have told us….

    "God bless you all from the bottom of my heart."
    "Therapists were all caring, knowledgeable and helpful."
    "Experience was perfect! Nothing to improve on."

    Take a virtual tour of our Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

    We offer skilled outpatient rehabilitation services provided by licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Speech/Language Pathologists.  We believe in empowering and educating our patients in a variety of ways including reducing and eliminating pain, by developing strength and conditioning and improving cognitive function. Our goal is to optimize patient functionality, producing value to their daily life regardless of their diagnosis.

    Our dedicated staff of therapists provides 100% of patient care in 1:1 sessions to maximize the full recovery of our clientele with individualized plans of care using an evidence-based approach to care. 

    Fitness to Drive is a driving rehabilitation program for those who need to develop or improve their current driving capacities due to injury or age-related changes. The program helps new drivers with needs beyond the general driver's education classes. Our program aims to balance personal freedom and independence with the public safety needs of our community. Fitness to Drive car in Colorado Springs
    Occupational therapists, who are driving rehabilitation specialists, provide clinical evaluation, behind the wheel evaluation, adaptive equipment prescription and training in skills that are essential to driving. Our driving rehabilitation specialists have the training and expertise to:

    • Assess a client's cognitive and physical fitness to drive
    • Provide driver training in use of adaptive equipment
    • Provide behind the wheel training for deficits related to attention, visual scanning, reaction time and speed of processing.
    • Recommend rehabilitation services to enhance skills related to driving
    • Assist with vehicle selection and modification

    The following people can benefit from a Comprehensive Driver's Evaluation:

    • Rehabilitation Patients who have stopped driving due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis or spinal cord injury and need to identify if they can drive again
    • Older Adults who have vision-related changes, a chronic disease such as arthritis or diabetic neuropathy, a diagnosis with early stages of dementia, or age-related changes and are unsure of their safety
    • Students or Other New Drivers with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder or a new driver with a physical disability such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida

    What does a Comprehensive Driver's Evaluation include?

    A comprehensive driver's evaluation consists of two parts:

    1. Clinical Evaluation - This in-office evaluation will include tests of:
      • Vision - depth perception, peripheral vision, visual spatial skills
      • Cognition - memory, judgment, speed of response
      • Motor Function - strength, range of motion and flexibility
    2. Behind the Wheel Evaluation
      A Driving Rehabilitation Specialist will ride along with you in our Fitness to Drive car.  Assessment will include the following skills:
      • Vehicle control
      • Problem solving ability
      • Judgment
      • Visual scanning of the environment
      • Reaction Time
      • How well you negotiate the traffic around you

    The Outcome

    Immediately after testing, you'll meet with the driving specialist to discuss your clinical results, your driving-related strengths and weaknesses, and any recommendations. A written report will be sent to your referring physician.

    If you or someone you know may be a candidate for Fitness to Drive, talk to your doctor for a referral. For more information, call 719-776-5200.

    Fitness to Drive is the only driving rehabilitation program serving southern Colorado.

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