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Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital

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For information on Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, or to schedule a tour, please call (805) 569-8999, ext. 82338.

In our nationally recognized acute medical rehabilitation program, individuals relearn skills lost from a specific condition. Rehabilitation offers people with disabilities the opportunity to regain independence and improve their quality of life.

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) is dedicated to providing excellent care for survivors of stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury and other disabling conditions. For over 50 years, the not-for-profit CRH has provided comprehensive medical rehabilitation services, for both outpatient and inpatient care. Our advanced rehabilitation team offers a wide range of services.

Adaptive Driving

Adaptive Driving services include a pre-driving evaluation, behind-the-wheel evaluation and training on adaptive equipment. The services are for any patient or community member whose physical or cognitive disability has the potential to impair driving ability. It is also used to access any special adaptive equipment needs for persons with physical limitations.

Services provided:

  • Pre-driving assessment to screen for the skills required for driving Behind-the-wheel evaluation of driving potential
  • Evaluation of vehicle and equipment needs
  • Resource for commercially available equipment
  • Preparation for DMV licensing
  • Information and counseling about driving needs
  • Referrals to other driving programs when appropriate


  • Physician referral
  • Valid driver's license or instruction permit

Aquatic Therapy and Services

The Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center at CRH offers a variety of aquatic classes and programs for patients as well as community members.

  • Therapy provided by physical, occupational and recreation therapists
  • Pool temperature: 92º; Pool shade cover
  • Shallow area: 3'6"; Deep Area: 6'6"
  • Access: stairs, swim lift, tier transfer bench
  • Sanitized with chlorine and CO2
  • Wheelchair-accessible locker rooms (men's, women's, and family changing rooms) and showers

The goal of aquatic therapy or an aquatic exercise program is to use the physical properties of water to allow the participant to exercise safely and maximize the participant's exercising ability. Water offers support, assistance, and resistance, while buoyancy reduces the effect of gravity and assists movement. Joint surfaces are decompressed, usually improving movement and decreasing pain. Resistive properties of water can provide muscular challenge for improving strength and endurance.

Contact The Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center at (805) 569-8999 ext. 82552 for more information or follow this link for an Aquatic Therapy class schedule

Assistive Technology

The loss of independence associated with disability is often devastating, both physically and psychologically. Assistive technology can help an individual regain independence in activities of daily life such as self-care, communication, work, driving, and recreation.

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) offers individuals an introduction to equipment and therapeutic strategies, which maximize an individual’s functional independence. Services offered:

  • Ekso GT - Robotic Legs - advanced robotic technology that provides patients with stroke and spinal cord injury the opportunity to stand up and relearn how to walk using the Ekso GT wearable robotic exoskeleton.
  • Speech synthesizers that help individuals communicate.
  • Computer access with adaptive pointing devices and keyboards, voice-activated systems, and head-controlled systems that make computer use available, even for those with the most severe impairments.
  • Home automation via electronic aids that operate household devices such as the TV, mechanical bed, lights, telephone, and infrared-operated curtains that increase safety and independence.
  • Home safety monitoring systems such as wheelchair and bed alarms that decrease the potential for falls and wandering.
  • Neuroprosthetic devices that compensate for upper and lower extremity limb paralysis and weakness caused by central nervous system disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Adaptive leisure skills training with the use of a Wii game console to help improve balance, upper-and lower-extremity function, and cognitive and visual skills.
  • Interactive Metronome is a treatment modality, which improves cognitive and physical abilities through neural synchronization

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapist (OT) helps each patient reach maximum independence in activities of daily living, such as feeding, dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, kitchen tasks, home living skills, and driving.

OTs also work on upper extremity and strengthening as well as cognitive/ perceptual retraining, including attention, memory, problem solving, organization and visual perception activities.

CRH provides occupational therapy for adult and pediatric patients in the inpatient acute rehabilitation program and outpatient settings.

Therapy services include:

  • Upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Cognitive and perceptual retraining
  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Maximizing functional independence in all activities of daily living

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist evaluates movement and the ability to perform functional skills such as moving around a bed, balance in sitting and standing, and walking and / or using a wheelchair.

A treatment program is developed to focus on the patient's specific mobility goals and needs. This program may include use of physical agent modalities for pain reduction, manual therapy and exercise to improve strength, quality of movement, balance, posture and coordination.

Psychology Services

CRH's psychology team helps with challenges that serious illnesses and catastrophic injuries pose for patients and families. As an integral part of the rehabilitation team, the psychology staff assists the patient and family to regain the sense of mastery that plays a central role in a successful rehabilitation outcome. Neuropsychological evaluations are provided in Keck Center for Outpatient Services by physician order.

Recreation Therapy

Our recreation therapists provide inpatient services and community outreach programs for alumni, community members with or without a disability. Programs address health, spirit, recreation and support for people with disabilities. Therapeutic recreation supports return to home and community in an independent and healthy lifestyle. Patients are helped to adapt or modify previous leisure activities and find new ones to enjoy.

Individualized leisure activities and supervised trips away from the hospital provide opportunities to practice improved skills in real-life situations.

Programs include:

  • Adapted Golf

Adapted Golf has the goal of introducing or returning people with disabilities to the game of golf. The program is open to registered patients, as well as community members with physical, visual, and/or cognitive impairments.

The participants practice on the driving range and putting green, and progress to the golf course as appropriate. An adapted golf cart is used to facilitate participant success.

  • Adapted Kayaking

Participants "get their feet wet" in a pool. Instructors match participants with appropriate equipment, paddling techniques, and safety tips. The pool session is followed by an outdoor adventure in the UCSB lagoon. Gliding through the water with newfound skills and confidence, students enjoy freedom and independence.

For information on adapted golf or kayaking, please call René Van Hoorn, Recreation Therapist, at (805) 569-8999 ext. 82101.

Speech Language Pathology

CRH’s Speech Language Pathologists provide evaluation and treatment for patients who have acquired communication, cognitive, and/or swallowing disorders as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, tumor, progressive neurological disease.

Nationally Recognized for Advanced Rehabilitation Care

CRH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in these program categories: Brain Injury Specialty Programs, Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs, and Stroke Specialty Programs. CRH is also accredited by the Joint Commission as a program of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Measuring Our Outcomes

CRH participates in a national outcomes measurement system, eRehabData, and is proud of its benchmark outcomes, including its exemplary record of successfully discharging inpatients to home or home-like settings (86.5% in 2015) instead of institutions.

Follow this link for more information on Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital's Inpatient Outcomes

Advanced Care

CRH features The Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center which offers an important adjunct or substitution to land-based therapy treatments. The resistive properties of water can provide muscular challenge for improving strength and endurance. CRH offers a variety of aquatic therapy classes and programs for patients as well as community members.

Keck Center for Outpatient Services

Through its Keck Center for Outpatient Services, CRH offers counseling psychology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology for neurologic and orthopedic disabilities. Specialty services include Adapted Driving, Assistive Technology Assessment, Lee Silverman Voice Training (for persons with Parkinson's), Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Vision Rehabilitation, and Wheelchair and Seating Assessment.

Meisel Gallery of Art

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital - Meisel Art Gallery

The Gallery is a vision of the hospital’s founder, Harris Meisel, MD, and is situated in two distinct but connected areas of the hospital.The Harris and Fredda Meisel Gallery of Art brings Healing Arts to CRH, our commitment to using the visual arts as a way of transforming the medical environment from a de-personalized setting to one of color and inspiration.

Follow this link for more information on the Meisel Gallery of Art.

Rehabilitation Foundation

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital FoundationA separate philanthropic foundation, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, was formed in 2007. CRHF is directed by an independent board of directors and devotes its energies toward charitable giving that supports Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital.

Help us Offer Hope

  • You can give to the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation online, over the phone, or by mail.
  • There are several ways to give. That includes cash, securities, real estate, in your will and through an endowment. Some planned giving options offer you benefits as well.
  • We are a not-for-profit group. All gifts are tax-deductible.

For more information on Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, or to schedule a tour, please call (805) 569-8999, ext. 82338.

Ekso GT - Robotic Legs

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital - Ekso GT

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital now offers advanced robotic technology that provides patients with stroke and spinal cord injury the opportunity to stand up and relearn how to walk using the Ekso GT wearable robotic exoskeleton.

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