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Customized Rehabilitation for COVID-19 Patients

TIRR Memorial Hermann and The Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network are leading the charge in the functional rehabilitation of individuals who had COVID-19 and are no longer testing positive. Due to the nature of the virus, many patients experience difficulty breathing, even after the virus has left the body. Patients that require ventilators are at an even higher risk of long-term effects.

Our evidence-based interventions allow patients to go beyond the clinical setting, providing them with the opportunity to participate in important life roles in the home, work, volunteer and community environments. Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain a maximum level of independent functioning and improved quality of life, after COVID-19.


In March 2020, high school principal, Phil Eaton, was admitted to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and shortly after diagnosed with COVID-19.

After 21 days on a ventilator, Phil was extremely weak and demonstrated cognitive changes. To further his recovery, his healthcare team recommended inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center for customized rehabilitation.

Read Phil's Story  News About Phil

 Effect, ImpairmentLimitations
Long-term ventilator useCognitive impairments due to anoxia/hypoxia (reduced oxygen to the brain)Decision-making, critical thinking, judgement
Positioning during ventilation managementCompromised skin integrityFunctional mobility which effects sitting, transferring and walking
Prolonged ICU stayICU acquired weakness or post intensive care syndromeFunctional activities such as dressing, bathing or walking
Prolonged ICU stayICU delirium causing cognitive impairmentsCognitive disfunction
Limited therapy in acute care settingPatients are needing increased physical, occupational and speech language pathology therapiesReturn safely home and back to the community

Other Conditions Include:

  • Deconditioning
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscular atrophy and physical weakness
  • Balance dysfunction and coordination
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Swallowing dysfunction and dysphagia

Ready to get started?

Our highly trained rehabilitation teams are committed to seeing the potential in every person they work with, and to developing that potential to the fullest through customized goal setting and treatment planning. Team members of the network are among the most qualified and experienced rehabilitation professionals. We work to maximize independence, restore function and improve the quality of life for our patients. To achieve these goals, we put the individual patient and family at the center of the rehabilitation team and provide them with the information and skills they need to transition successfully to community settings. Simply put, we’re one of the best at getting you back to the life you love.


Rehabilitation of Critically Ill COVID-19 Survivors

Korupolu R., Francisco GE, Levin H., Needham D.

J Int Soc Phys Med Rehabil - Publication pending.

The COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program

The customized care provided by the COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program may maximize patient outcomes by providing:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of functional status by an interdisciplinary team
  • Therapeutic exercise and functional activity programs tailored to the patient’s condition and needs
  • A continuum of care that may include: inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, outpatient medical clinic and a community wellness program
  • Extensive education and support to ensure patients and families have the resources and knowledge needed for successful integration back into the home and community


  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Challenge Program
    • Return to work, independence, school
  • Outpatient medical clinic

Our Multidisciplinary Team

We have a dedicated multidisciplinary team that may include:

  • Physiatrists (rehabilitation doctors)
  • Medical consultants, including primary care internists, psychiatrists, wound care specialists, OB-GYN, pain management specialists, urologists, gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists
  • Hospitalists
  • Neuropsychologists and psychologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Patient care assistants
  • Neurologic music therapists
  • Therapeutic recreational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Chaplain
  • Social workers
  • Case managers
  • Clinical pharmacists
  • Clinical nutritionists


"Our rehabilitation programs can mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19."

Rehabilitation has a track record of helping people recover quicker. There is no medication right now that will totally reverse the effects of this virus, but our rehabilitation programs can mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19.

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Specialized program at TIRR Memorial Hermann helps COVID-19 patients recover

Most patients who survive COVID-19 after being treated in ICU, need to undergo rehabilitation to get their mobility back. Dr. Joseph says the needs are different for each patient, including how long it takes them to get back on their feet.

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Stroke Patients and COVID-19

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ILRU Training for Centers and Councils

ILRU has stepped forward to help people with disabilities during the global health crisis by training independent living centers and councils nationwide.
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Contact Us About Rehabilitation

Place one convenient call to make referrals or to schedule appointments: (800) 44-REHAB or fill out our form to become a patient.
Become a Patient

Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network has inpatient, outpatient and specialty programs across the Greater Houston area. Place one convenient call to make referrals or to schedule appointments: (800) 44-REHAB (73422), (713) 797-5942 or fax (713) 797-5988.