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Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services Close to Home

Are you or a loved one in need of Rehabilitation Services close to home in Honokaʻa? Our Rehabilitation Services staff is committed to promoting functional independence using a hands-on approach to help expedite the recovery process. Our physical, occupational and speech therapists are highly trained, experienced and dedicated to ensuring patients reach their goals and maximum functional potential. Our patients are involved in their treatment every step of the way. We work closely with your physicians to develop the most effective care plan for each and every patient. Our therapists educate patients, residents and families on the best and safest methods.

Our therapists provide a complete evaluation and develop individualized treatment plan to meet each patient’s specific recovery needs and goals. We work with you to help relieve pain, improve strength, and regain your range of motion, coordination and balance. We care for you with compassion, respecting and supporting your desire to return to the activities in life that are important.

In addition, if you or a loved one was previously cared for at Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho`ola Hamakua offers continuity of care as a member of the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. Our Rehabilitation staff has access to your electronic health record and the same information available to your primary care physician and specialist. If Rehabilitation Services at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua are not listed as an option in your recovery, we encourage you to request a referral for care at our facility, close to your home.

Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapists focus on improving coordination, balance, strength, endurance and joint flexibility to achieve the highest levels of functional mobility and greater independence. We develop a specialized treatment   plan to help individuals restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities through a variety of physical therapy interventions.

Our Physical Therapy Program includes:

  • Joint Mobilization
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Wound Prevention
  • Gait/Transfer Training
  • Range-Of-Motion and Strengthening Exercises


Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists help individuals of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. We focus on physical and cognitive capabilities such as balance, strength, perception and cognition which are needed in activities of daily living.

We assess individuals in order to develop their Activities of Daily Living. Our first goal for an individual with physical disabilities is to help the individual learn how to perform daily routines such as dressing, grooming, bathing and eating safely on their own. Once those skills are mastered, the occupational therapist assists in developing a program tailored to help individuals perform tasks such as participating in education, caring for a home and family, and other routine leisure activities.

Our Occupational Therapy Program includes:

  • Home Evaluation
  • Home Living Skills
  • Hand Rehabilitation Activities of Daily Living
  • Cognitive Perceptual Retraining
  • Transfer and Mobility Retraining
  • Energy Conservation Technique
  • Upper Extremity Therapeutic Exercises
  • Fabrication of Splints, Slings and Orthopedic Device
  • Utilization of Adaptive Equipment

Speech Therapy

Our Speech Therapists work with individuals on improving swallowing difficulties, communicating, listening, reading, writing, memory, attention and problem solving skills. Hale Ho`ola Hamakua’s Speech Language Pathologists work with individuals of all ages in our hospital.

Our Speech Therapy Program includes:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Voice Therapy
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Retraining
  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Family and Caregiver Education & Training

Location and Contact Information

Rehabilitation Services are located on the main floor. For more information or to refer a patient, call (808) 932-4149.