Specialized Programs

Maximizing personal and functional independence
SSM Health Day Institute is an outpatient rehabilitation program consisting of six specialized treatment programs designed for individuals recovering from a variety of traumatic injury or illness who no longer require 24-hour nursing or acute rehabilitative care. If you or a loved one are recovering, you may benefit from our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. It focuses on building skills and maximizing independence in daily activities at home, work and in the community.
Therapist working with a patient and his wife.

Specialized, multi-disciplinary care

Our SSM Health Day Institute care team works closely with you to establish realistic goals and an individualized treatment plan. We use a variety of treatment tools and technologies to accomplish this. Each of our six specialized treatment programs, or tracks, is designed to maximize physical and functional abilities and independence. These treatment programs focus on a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social and psychological challenges, as well as any self-care issues that an injury or illness may present.

The six specialized tracks include:

  • Neurological rehabilitation program
  • Medically complex rehabilitation program
  • Cognitive rehabilitation program
  • Amputee rehabilitation program
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation program
  • Parkinson's rehabilitation program
  • The therapy team at SSM Health Day Institute works closely with you, creating a treatment plan to help restore and build your confidence and independence. The team may also determine that use of specialized equipment may enhance your results.

    Robotic tools, technologies and specialized equipment are available for use during treatment sessions at the SSM Health Day Institute and include, but are not limited to:

    Alter G®

    An anti-gravity treadmill that reduces the impact of physical activity on joints and allows patients to safely progress to full weight-bearing activities while improving mobility and strength

    Balance Master®

    A fixed force plate used to measure the force exerted through the patient’s feet to measure center of gravity position and body control. It also measures how well a patient's eyes, inner ear, muscles and joints are working together to maintain balance.

    Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS)

    A large touch screen digital display with programmed exercises to improve physical, visual, auditory and cognitive abilities of individuals with deficits in these areas.


    An interactive light board that improves the user’s peripheral perception and awareness, reaction time, hand-eye coordination, balance, cognitive processing ability, neuro-cognitive abilities, gross motor skills and functional mobility.

    Hocoma Andago®

    A robot-assisted tool used to perform gait and balance training in patients with walking or balance disabilities. The mobile robotic technology senses the patient’s movement and actively follows them, while also providing safe body weight support.

    Hocoma Armeo®Spring

    A robotic arm for the upper extremities, shoulder to fingers, that helps retrain self-initiated movement.

    Vital Stim®

    A non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy that uses specifically designed electrodes applied to the muscles of the throat to promote proper swallowing.

  • Most participants benefit from a five-day-a-week program, which includes both individual and group therapies in physical, occupational and speech therapy, and recreational rehabilitation.

    Community reintegration is an important goal for patients, which is why our recreation therapy specialists work with you to practice daily living activities that help you better navigate real-world challenges. As patients advance with their daily living activities, community outings are scheduled allowing patients to further advance the skills needed for improved mobility and independent living.

How we help you

We will work closely with you, your family, physician and the rehabilitation hospital to ensure a smooth transition to and continue your recovery at the SSM Health Day Institute located near you.