Beyond Exercises: The Three R’s of Successful Rehabilitation

Older woman relaxing with a bookRecovering from joint surgery or an extended illness often requires rehabilitation with physical and occupational therapy. Many people think rehabilitation is simply a matter of the right exercises practiced over time. However, successful rehabilitation, which gets patients back to activities quickly while also avoiding setbacks, requires looking at the needs of the whole patient. Nutrition, overall medical care, and a restful environment are all important factors in an effective rehabilitation program.

Where you choose to recover matters; so be sure to look for a facility that focuses on the whole patient, not just a set of prescribed exercises.

At Pennybyrn Transitional Rehab, our dedication to patients goes beyond therapy sessions. Our welcoming and gracious hospitality includes an environment designed to help patients regain strength, relax, and rejuvenate.

Regain Strength

Our dedicated short-term rehabilitation household is staffed with a complete team of physicians, nurses, social worker, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and dietitian. Our comprehensive team approach helps you regain strength, meet your individual therapy goals, and return home quickly. With consistent staffing and an intimate “get-to-know-you” size, you will be able to bond with staff who are instrumental in the journey to recovery.

In the days following a hospital stay, eating healthy, well-balanced meals and staying hydrated will help you regain strength needed to recover. At Pennybyrn Transitional Rehab, fresh, cooked-to-order dining choices, with a registered dietitian available to address nutrition, provides an experience unlike the traditional facility. Breakfast is cooked to order; lunch and dinner menus change daily; and an always available menu and snacks are available 24/7. Pennybyrn welcomes your family and friends to dine with you throughout your stay.


The Transitional Rehab household at Pennybyrn offers comfortable accommodations with access to private courtyards. Read a great book, relax outdoors, attend a chapel service, take in the beauty of an outdoor fountain – all these amenities can help you relax, an important part of recovery.

Regular activities provide social opportunities, and pastoral care services are also available. With daily mass and interdenominational services offered weekly, you can engage with your spirituality throughout your stay.  

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At Pennybyrn, every day is customized to your individual needs to help you rejuvenate. You decide when you want to eat, which social activities to attend, and when you want to go to bed.

You will also have the opportunity to get to know others on the rehab journey at mealtimes and during social activities. With the same goal in mind, encouragement is shared daily not only from staff, but from patients first hand. This sense of community can be extremely beneficial to reaching rehabilitation goals.

Learn More

Pennybyrn has a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the highest possible rating of quality of care. Inspired by the rich heritage of hospitality and high standard of quality care from the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, Pennybyrn demonstrates a commitment to customer service blended with clinical outcomes and measured patient satisfaction.

We invite you to learn more about our innovative approach to short-term rehab. Read more on our website, call us at 336-821-6548 to arrange a tour, or complete our easy online form.