Sub-Acute Rehabilitation

Recovery knows no age.

Sub-acute rehabilitation is typically less intensive than the rehabilitation you’d need after an injury.  

It’s helpful for those who need therapy to get back to full function. But most sub-acute rehabilitation programs in Michigan are in nursing homes or retirement communities.  

Not Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation. You’ll find us on the fifth floor of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids. That’s important, because more access for you means better outcomes. 

And thanks to a joint venture with Trinity Health Senior Communities, we’re able to bring sub-acute care to a new level. Our rehabilitation experts and skilled nurses will help you recover quickly from an illness, injury or surgery so you can get better and get back home. 

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Why Mary Free Bed? 

Our program has been awarded a five-star quality rating (the highest awarded) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, based on health inspections, staffing and quality outcomes. If quality is important to you, consider Mary Free Bed when you choose where you want to receive rehabilitation.  

What’s more, for the fifth-straight year, Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for Best Short-Term Rehabilitation. Our program ranked better than both state and national averages for consistency of nurse staffing, fall prevention, amount of physical therapy received and number of patients able to return home after graduation. 

We provide customized, comprehensive and coordinated short-term inpatient rehabilitation.  

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Skilled nursing and rehabilitation are available for adults of all ages with many conditions, including:  

  • Amputation 
  • Cancer 
  • Heart attack or cardiac surgery 
  • Multiple injuries, including complex fractures 
  • Orthopedic surgery, including laminectomy/fusion, hip and joint replacement and hip fracture repair 
/ Your Experience

We provide an enriching environment designed to maximize your recovery.

Our private rooms include ceiling lift systems and therapy gyms with specialized technology close by.

Designed to promote healing in a peaceful atmosphere, our social spaces have televisions and fireplaces, and you can spend time in our reflective day space. We have a neighborhood dining area that serves fresh food, a salon and spa room, and glassed-in nooks at the end of each hall that provide great views of the city.

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You’ll be evaluated by a therapist within 24 hours of your arrival. Depending on your needs and abilities, you’ll receive at least one hour of daily therapy up to seven days a week designed to help you reach your highest level of independence. 

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If you’re able, you can practice walking with the aid of our Tollos ceiling-mounted technology. We also have an apartment for practicing everyday living skills, like cooking. 

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We encourage loved ones to participate in your therapy sessions. Your family is part of your team, too! After all, they’ll be helping you be as independent as possible after rehabilitation. 

/ Meet the Team
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    Board-certified rehabilitation physicians, hand-selected for you and your condition(s).

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    Registered nurses with rehabilitation and wound care certification, as well as nurse technicians.

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    Occupational therapists to help you resume independence with daily activities, such as brushing your teeth, getting dressed, doing laundry and grocery shopping.

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    Physical therapists to evaluate your strength, mobility and level of independence, then provide rehabilitation.

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    Psychologists focus on your emotional well-being, which is just as important as your physical condition. 

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    Recreational therapists to help you get back to doing things you enjoy or introduce you to new leisure activities.

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    Speech-language pathologists to help you, if necessary, with eating, swallowing, speaking, breathing and so on.

/ Outpatient Experience

Patients graduating from Sub-Acute Rehabilitation often continue their recovery with outpatient therapy. Whether you need a short course of treatment or a lifetime of care, we’re here to help.

Our rehabilitation physicians oversee your care, which targets goals you create with your outpatient team. Family support and education is always included.

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Contact Us


/ Services

Our specialty services are designed to enhance and enrich your life. Your treatment team will work with you to coordinate the services and programs that will best serve you. Here are just some of the services we offer:

/ FAQs

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us.

The next step on your path to recovery.

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