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Day Rehabilitation Program

Intensive Day Rehabilitation Program

Build Your Plan

“The sooner you’re able to do a high intensity program like what we have at Ability KC, the sooner you’re going to achieve your goals.”

– Allison Carr, Ability KC Physical Therapist

Exceptional Care for People of All Ages

In addition to traditional outpatient medical rehabilitation services, Ability KC offers an intensive day program for individuals who need more comprehensive therapy services after being discharged from an inpatient facility or while recovering from a complex injury or illness.

With the day program, individuals will go home at the end of the day, but they receive the benefit of an inpatient program by being with a team of therapists for around five hours a day, for three to five days of individual or group therapy per week. The average length of therapy in our day program is four to six weeks.

Ability KC’s day program utilizes the principles of neuroplasticity of practice, repetition, and intensity to design an expert-driven, comprehensive, individualized program for each person served.

The integrated team can include the patient, family, physical therapists, speech therapist, occupational therapist, case manager, social worker, registered nurse, certified nurse aid, educator (for school age children), rehabilitation psychologist and neuropsychologist. Ability KC team members are experts in care for neurological diagnoses, and our programs are accredited in outpatient medical rehabilitation, pediatric specialty, brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and amputations. We value ongoing professional development and expertise, with many of our team members being asked to present locally, regionally, and nationally as experts in care.

Ability KC understands that navigating health care and rehabilitation needs can be challenging.  Our team assists the patient and their family throughout the entire journey, from admission to discharge, back to their home and community, to integrate new skills, techniques and strategies for real life. Our community liaison and admissions teams will help with the transition from inpatient rehabilitation, acute care hospital, home health, or home and community to our outpatient day rehab model.

In addition to traditional therapy (PT, OT and SLP) the intensive day rehabilitation team may recommend additional programming to include:

  • Cardiovascular fitness groups
  • Fine motor and visual skills practice group session
  • Educational programs about brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury
  • Communication and language groups
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Assistive technology training
  • Individual counseling
  • Group resilience training, education, and support
  • Leisure activities
  • Yoga
  • Shopping and meal prep
  • Return to work navigation
  • Tutoring and school transition planning


Re-hospitalization rate (11% below the national average)

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Over 3,000 patients and families served annually

$5 Million

$5 million in uncompensated, at-cost services for under-resourced individuals and families.

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Medical and vocational professionals

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Program Handbook

Get more details about the program and other services offered through Ability KC by reading through one of our available program handbooks.

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Our Process

What You Can Expect

Our Day Rehabilitation Program in Kansas City

Our Approach

Ability KC takes an integrated approach to our care services.

Our team will work with individuals to develop a customized care plan that can include intensive outpatient rehabilitation services, goal-based group therapies, and interest-based resources.

View Our Approach

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People We Serve

A Brighter Future Starts Here

Start your journey with Ability KC by using our online therapy planning tool, or feel free to reach out to our team regarding any questions or comments you may have.

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  • Case Study


    Fifteen years ago, Geni began a lifelong partnership with the experts at Ability KC.

    At 5 years old she was bitten by a tick which rapidly and unexpectedly became septic and led to encephalitis, an inflammation in her brain. After graduating from Ability KC’s Pediatric Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation program, she continued to return to services each year for outpatient therapies and specialized summer programming.

  • Case Study


    After having more than 100 seizures each day, Sadie was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Rasmussen’s Encephalitis.

    Sadie then began physical, occupational, and speech therapy at Ability KC and developed new goals that include crawling, walking, eating, and communicating. 

  • Case Study


    After suffering from a virus that left her in a coma, Onna came to Ability KC for outpatient medical rehabilitation services in order to relearn to walk, talk and read.

    After progressing and reaching every goal and milestone from therapy, Onna started working with the Ability KC employment services team to help her build skills.

    Benefits of Our Day Rehabilitation Program

    Treatments For All Ages

    Nowhere else in the region offers the ability to provide outpatient medical rehabilitative services for patients ranging from preschool to senior age.

    Wide-Ranging Services

    Ability KC offers a highly trained team of passionate experts, capable of utilizing a variety of different programs and techniques to help patients accomplish their goals.

    Personalized Treatments

    We strive to provide all patients with treatment environments that are completely tailored to individual needs throughout their continuum of care.

    Meet the Ability KC Leadership Team

    The staff at Ability KC are highly qualified professionals who are passionate about helping people of all ages achieve their unique goals.

    Each member of our team is committed to providing the highest level of care and to helping patients reach their full potential.

    Meet Our Team

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn More About Ability KC

    With a rich history that spans over 75 years, Ability KC has provided services that have helped change and shape the lives of thousands.

    Our organization is proud to serve over 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their families annually, and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to help the members of our community reach their greatest potential.

    Our History

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