Get Real with Community-Based Activities

REAL Therapy

Becoming active again after an illness or injury can be easier with REAL Therapy™ (Realistic Environment Applied Learning) at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital ofArlington.Whether it’s relearning laundry skills, dining out or even walking over various terrains, our inpatient REAL Therapy gym provides cognitive and physical therapies in real-life settings. Patients work on skills in a safe therapy environment, while gaining confidence to get back to real world experiences.

The Real Thing: Multidisciplinary Therapy Activities


  • Correctly sequence use of machine
  • Functional math to follow a budget
  • Number recognition
  • Stand to use ATM machine
Gas station
  • Calculate cost with money management
  • Dynamic balance – bend, twist and reach
  • Manage weighted pump handle
  • Open and close gas tank
  • Stand to use gas pump
Grocery storeREAL Therapy - Grocery store
  • Adhere to a budget
  • Carry a shopping basket
  • Create and follow a grocery list
  • Keep freezer door open while selecting items and placing in cart
  • Load and unload cart
  • Pick up heavy objects
  • Push a shopping cart
  • Reach for high and low objects
Laundromat/laundry services
  • Fold and hang clothes
  • Functional memory task–return to machines after a set amount of time
  • Manage heavy loads of wet and dry clothing
  • Stand for extended amounts of time
  • Use change machine and manage coins
  • Use top loading and front-loading washer and dryer
  • Matching bill with order and calculating tips
  • Reading and selecting items from a menu
  • Transfers into and out of bench seating and patio seating
  • Verbal communication–ordering and conversational speech
  • Walking on different surfaces
Self-serve deli
  • Calculate total bill/money management
  • Carry tray to drink and condiment counter
  • Load drinks and condiments to tray and carry to table
  • Manage tray and food on standing tray line
  • Problem solving and decision-making
  • Select food and load tray
  • Transfer onto or off of high stools
TRAN-SIT car transfer simulator
  • Adjust seat position manually
  • Height adjustable from sedan to SUV and truck levels
  • Improve reaction speed from gas to brake
  • Operate seatbelt
  • Operate steering wheel and pedals

Comparison study available with age-specific norms

Contact Us

To learn more about our REAL Therapy program or to make a referral, contact us at 817 419-4219.

Becoming a Patient

Our hospital provides care for those who are ready to be discharged from a hospital but not ready to return home. Treatment and care is designed to bridge the gap between hospital and home. Anyone who is limited functionally from an injury or illness can benefit from rehabilitation.

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The Joint Certification

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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