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.

After being diagnosed with COVID-19 and spending 21 days on a ventilator, Phil Eaton's providers recommended customized rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.

Read Phil's Story
  Effect, Impairment Limitations
Long-term ventilator use Cognitive impairments due to anoxia/hypoxia (reduced oxygen to the brain) Decision-making, critical thinking, judgement
Positioning during ventilation management Compromised skin integrity Functional mobility which effects sitting, transferring and walking
Prolonged ICU stay ICU acquired weakness or post intensive care syndrome Functional activities such as dressing, bathing or walking
Prolonged ICU stay ICU delirium causing cognitive impairments Cognitive disfunction
Limited therapy in acute care setting Patients are needing increased physical, occupational and speech language pathology therapies Return 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

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.

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

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
Spinal Cord Injury and COVID-19

No specific precautions for COVID-19 are outlined for those with spinal cord injury. However, precautions may look different to someone who has had SCI.

Brain Injury and COVID-19

TIRR provides rehabilitation to individuals with brain injuries of all levels of severity and our network of facilities are available for patients recovering after COVID-19.

Multiple Sclerosis and COVID-19

Multiple Sclerosis itself does not increase the risk of getting COVID-19. However, certain factors associated with MS may increase the risk for complications.

Stroke Patients & COVID-19

Individuals who have had a stroke are considered part of a high-risk group of people who could be severely impacted if they contract COVID-19.

ILRU Training for Centers & Councils

ILRU steps forward to help people with disabilities during the health crisis by training independent living centers and councils nationwide.

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