Acute Rehabilitation Unit

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is an inpatient program designed to help patients with specific needs and who are able to participate in regular inpatient therapy to improve their condition. It is on the third floor of the main hospital campus, and includes areas for various types of therapy.

Who is eligible for the program?

We can help those who have suffered a loss of function due to:

  • Stroke
  • Head Injury
  • Neurologic impairment
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Multiple trauma

We cannot serve those dependent on a ventilator, who have aggressive behavioral problems, are comatose or are under 18 years of age.

Patients receive at least three hours of therapy, five days a week.

Referrals/ Admission Information

We welcome referrals from physicians, social workers, family members, case managers and patients. Medicare, Medicaid, and many third party insurers reimburse for an inpatient rehab program for patients with physical and functional disabilities.

Before admission, each patient is carefully assessed to determine whether his or her specific condition would benefit from our comprehensive services.

To be eligible for admission, the following criteria must be met:

  • The patient requires at least two forms of therapy (i.e. physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy).
  • The patient is medically stable.
  • The patient has the potential to improve function or achieve independence.
  • The patient has an identified discharge plan.
  • The patient and family are willing to participate with the team in the rehabilitation program.
  • The patient can tolerate and benefit from 3 hours of therapy daily.

Length of stay

Each individual receives a custom-designed treatment plan. Many factors influence the length of stay, including severity of injury, previous health status and medical complications. The rehabilitation team will estimate the length of stay after they have evaluated your condition.

Rehabilitation team

The medical director is a physician specially trained in physical ­medicine and rehabilitation who oversees the entire rehabilitation team and ­coordinates your medical treatment and rehabilitation program.

The program director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program and assures that you receive the treatment and exercises specified.

Rehabilitation nurses are specially trained to provide quality ­medical care 24 hours a day. The nurse might instruct you and your ­family ­regarding many topics related to your program: medications, risk factors, accommodations and other subjects. The nurse manages care such as bowel/bladder training, skin ­management, self-care skills, and other needs.

Physical therapists help improve your ability to perform activities such as moving in bed, transferring in and out of a wheelchair, standing and walking. Depending on your ability, your physical therapists could train you in the use of mobility devices and braces. The physical therapist helps the person gain strength, balance, coordination, and endurance.

Occupational therapists show you how to perform tasks of everyday living, like cooking, bathing and dressing. This therapist also focuses on improving strength, coordination, and problem solving skills needed for returning to household and community jobs. They will provide leisure activities and education.

Speech pathologists provide ­individual therapy programs to treat language, memory, thinking, speech, or swallowing disorders that interfere with communication.
The social worker will explore with you the many changes brought about by your illness or ­disability. The social worker will present an orientation explaining the program and other ­procedures. The social worker can give ­emotional ­support and ­education while ­planning for ­discharge, which ­includes ­providing information about available ­community resources and services.

Items needed for Acute Rehab

Several changes of loose fitting street clothes suitable for exercising and movement, a sweater or coat, night wear, personal grooming items, and a pair of flat, rubber-soled shoes will be needed.

Family involvement?

Your family can visit during specific hours, and they will also be asked to spend some time with you during your therapy. Family teaching is an important part of your rehabilitation.

For more information contact us

Acute Rehabilitation Unit: (765) 983-3060.