Residential Treatment

Established in 1988 and licensed by the state of Arizona, the Rehab Without Walls Residential Program has provided expert neurorehabilitation services to countless individuals with traumatic brain injury, multiple traumas, stroke, and spinal cord injury.

Modeled on the Rehab Without Walls core philosophy of real life treatment in real life settings, the Residential Program can be the next step after acute inpatient rehabilitation. As a short term, transitional rehabilitation program, patients are provided 24 hour/day supervision while integrating into a home and community setting. With the goal for each patient to achieve his/her highest level of independence, a customized rehabilitation plan is developed and will include the recommended blend of:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Medical Social Work
  • Nursing oversight
  • Clinical Coordination
  • Therapeutic Recreation and Community Reintegration
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

The Residence is located in a quiet North Scottsdale neighborhood. It is a ranch-style home that is fully accessible for all mobility needs. After a full day of therapy and community based integration activities, patients are cared for/supported by neuro-trained CNA’s, LPN’s, and Rehabilitation Specialists. Patients have the unique opportunity to generalize skills learned in therapy sessions through practicing activities of daily living in the real-life setting of the Residence. One-to-one supervision is available when required to ensure the safety of the patient.


“This is one of the most unique rehabilitation facilities in the country,” notes Elliott, “often for what it is not. It is not institutional. It is not a long-term group home. It is not a nursing home. Instead, it is therapy provided in a home setting. It is nontraditional, comprehensive and highly specialized. But most of all, it is real life.”

When is a Residential Program Needed?

There are many reasons why this option might be appropriate for patients.

  • In the transition from hospital to home, the patient may require an interim setting where he or she can participate in high-intensity rehabilitation.
  • The patient may reside in an area where specialized neurorehabilitation services are not available.
  • The individual may be single or have no family nearby to assist with care or provide supervision in the home.
  • The patient’s family may be unable to provide the level of supervision and care required, such as in cases where the spouse/ primary caregiver may need to work.
  • The patient’s home may not have the necessary modifications to be safe and functional.


“Patients who participate in the Residential Program return home with maximum functionality. They don’t go home prematurely while they are still unsafe and experience re-injury. This, in turn, also reduces costly re-hospitalizations,” says Ricki Ray, Director of Clinical Management, Rehab Without Walls Phoenix. “Treatment touches every part of the person’s life which, in turn, creates lasting outcomes and high satisfaction.”


Rest Assured and the Rehab Without Walls Residence

Rest Assured is a state-of-the-art program which combines caring people and remarkable technology to improve the lives of people with acquired or traumatic brain injury. This care giving program is now available at the Rehab Without Walls Residence. When used in combination with our specially trained residential staff, Rest Assured further ensures the safety of our patients as they practice therapeutic strategies for maximum independence.

Why the Rehab Without Walls Residence is Right for You

In Arizona, you have a handful of choices for transitional, supervised living following a neurological event. The Rehab Without Walls Residential Program is like no other. With a unique vision and an unwavering commitment to the patients we serve, the Residence offers much more than safety and supervision. As a patient in this program:

  • You will participate in a CARF accredited rehabilitation program in a fully equipped clinic located near the residence.

  • You will receive 5 hours per day of skilled therapy as well as additional therapeutic interventions in the evenings and on weekends.

  • You will receive neuropsychology services and cognitive rehabilitation with the appropriate intensity (from 5 to 7 hours per week, to 1 or two hours per week).

  • Your treatment team will have extensive neurological experience. They will get to know you. They will be committed to your treatment goals and will customize your treatment plan to meet those goals.

  • Your physician will oversee your rehabilitation program and will be a part of the rehabilitation team.

  • You will have oversight of your medical needs by a rehabilitation nurse.

  • Your therapy will have a focus on functional goals and will be delivered in multiple settings, in a clinic, in the residence, and in your home and community settings whenever possible.

  • Your program will include socialization and community reintegration with emphasis on interaction with other residents and participation in community events and activities.

  • To promote independence, you will participate in real life activities during and outside of therapy time. You will use everyday actions as therapy tools.

  • If needed, your therapy will focus on remediation of behavioral issues and barriers to appropriate social interactions.

  • Your family will be encouraged to participate in therapeutic activities which will facilitate carry-over to your own home. Generous visitation hours mean your family will feel welcome at the residence.

  • You and your family will receive support and develop coping strategies with the help of Neuropsychology and Social Work Services.

  • You will have continuity. When you no longer require residential services, you will have the option of continuing therapy with your same treatment team after you go home.