Downtown St. Charles

Long recognized as a regional leader in rehabilitation services, St. Charles Hospital offers an innovative form of rehabilitation with the construction of Downtown St. Charles.

This rehabilitation module is the only one of its kind on Long Island and offers patients the ability to transition from hospital life to the physical and cognitive challenges they will face in the real world following a life altering injury or illness.

Downtown St. Charles occupies 2,358 square feet on the fourth floor of St. Charles Hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation unit. The unique rehabilitation module simulates a typical community and is complete with:

We’ve relocated a full-size automobile to the fourth floor to provide patients with the ability to experience safe car transfers, preparing them for discharge. In the car, patients practice adjusting to moving around a confined space and objects such as a dashboard, steering wheel, and foot pedals. Patients also learn safe transferring of mobility equipment into the car trunk.



Our fully equipped kitchen includes a working stove/oven, dishwasher, sink, refrigerator, washer, dryer and cabinets.Food can be prepared and cooked, dishes cleaned, clothes washed and dried and groceries put away. The bedroom features a twin bed that allows patients to practice safe transfers while the bathroom features a sink, toilet and bathtub.


Our simulated grocery area is stocked with realistic produce and stocked shelves. The checkout counter features a cash register, bagging area, and check-writing platform. A hand-held shopping basket is available to assist with transporting groceries. The market is complete with a coffee bar.



Mobility Tracks
Varied floor surfaces such as carpet, tile, linoleum, and cement provide walking and wheelchair practice.  A traffic light, programmed to the exact time it takes to cross a city street, allows patients the opportunity to practice safely crossing a street in a timely manner while still under the watchful eye of their therapist.  An ATM machine and mailbox are featured along with curb cuts that model community settings.


Our Town Square
The Town Square is an attractive gathering spot decorated with a Tuscan theme with small tables and chairs where patients and their loved ones can visit over a cup of coœee.  Computers with access to the internet are available for patients. A kiosk is available to patients and families featuring community and accessibility resources.


Downtown St. Charles