DOVER -- While no one plans to have a stroke or become involved in a car accident, it is important to know that there is a local option for sophisticated rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation at an inpatient setting like the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Union Hospital is often the first step in regaining lost mobility, speech, and the ability to resume doing the routine tasks of daily living.

Union Hospital will host a program titled: "Personal Rehabilitation Care; What You Need to Know." This program will be Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Union Hospital Auditorium. Those attending the program will be escorted on a tour of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center on the hospital's third floor.

The program will offer tours of the state-of-the-art Inpatient Rehabilitation facilities. Staff will discuss the team approach to helping patients reclaim their quality of life through physical, occupational, and speech therapy, dietary counseling, social services, and through nursing and physician care by rehabilitation specialists. Visitors may also speak with patients completing their rehabilitation programs in the center.

The program is free but registration is required. Visit unionhospital.org and click on "Health Events" to register for the Sept. 5 event or call 330-602-0778 to reserve your spot.

Among those meeting with visitors at the program will be Dr. Aruna Rao, medical director for Inpatient Rehabilitation at Union Hospital.

"We are proud of our facility and are always excited to share information about our Inpatient Rehabilitation program with members of the community," said Dr. Rao.

According to Dr. Rao, it's their team approach to comprehensive care and better outcomes that set Union Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Center apart from other programs.

"We try to address every aspect of the needs of our patients and their families," she said. "In addition to our focus on patients' physical needs, we also strive to address their psycho-social and spiritual well-being."

According to Rao, this approach has yielded some amazing results.

"It's incredibly rewarding for our staff to see someone who came to us in a wheelchair following a hip fracture and then walk out of the hospital without assistance, or to be able to have a conversation with a person who had lost the ability to speak following a stroke."

The Union Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Center was opened in late 2008. It features large, warmly decorated patient rooms with spacious bathroom facilities designed to meet patients' special needs, lounge chairs for visitors and flat screen televisions. In addition to Dr. Rao, medical director, the center staff includes registered nurses and therapists providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy.