Acute Rehabilitation Unit
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit strive to help patients regain the skills and independence they have lost due to illness and injury. Our comprehensive program consists of physical, occupational and speech therapy, social and psychological services, 24-hour rehab nursing and daily medical supervision from our physiatrist (physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine).
During their stay, patients are encouraged to be as active as possible. Each day, patients dress in their own clothing, participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy, enjoy meals in our spacious dining room and socialize with other patients on the unit.
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU), located on the 4th floor of the Widener Building, has 23 private patient rooms and provides the personalized care and therapy necessary to improve each patient's overall health and to recover lost functional skills.
The program consists of physical, occupational and speech therapy. Patients strive to achieve their individual goals and are taught the skills they need to continue their therapy at home.
Physical Therapy (PT) provides a full range of evaluative, preventative and rehabilitative services to those with impairments in physical functioning. Our staff provides patients with comprehensive evaluations, one-to-one education and functional training.
- Speech Language Pathology
The Speech Language Pathology program is dedicated to improving each patient’s quality of life. Our speech- language pathologists evaluate, treat and manage care for patients with disorders of speech, voice, language, cognition, memory and swallowing disorders. Our speech pathologists provide direct patient care, counseling and education within an interdisciplinary team.
- Rehabilitation care coordinators
As an integral part of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department, rehabilitation care coordinators facilitate communication between patients (or their caregiver) and their healthcare providers and insurance carriers. In addition, these professionals ensure a safe transition to the next level of care.
The Occupational Therapy (OT) program is dedicated to improving our patients’ quality of life by promoting maximal functioning and independence and facilitating reintegration into the community.
Occupational therapists use therapeutic approaches to restore and enhance each patient’s living skills. Patients are trained to resume their daily routines, including dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, cooking and working.
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They are trained to diagnose, treat, and direct a rehabilitation program and provide the best possible outcomes. Physiatrists oversee each patient’s medical and functional well-being while they are in the Rehabilitation Unit and lead the bi-weekly team conference to coordinate the best possible care for each patient.
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Nursing
Rehabilitation nurses are focused on caring for patients who have been incapacitated by injury or illness. They collaborate with other rehabilitation professionals to address each patient’s specific condition, and develop an appropriate treatment plan. They help each patient regain as much normal function as possible, thereby improving their quality of life.
Patients are expected to be as active as possible during their stay on the ARU. Each day, patients dress in their own clothing, participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy, enjoy meals in our spacious dining room and socialize with other patients.
Patients who participate in our program are recovering from disabling illnesses or medical procedures including, but not limited to:
- Major orthopedic surgery
- Hip fracture
- Joint replacement
- Brain or spinal cord injury
- Neurological disorders and impairments
A Team Approach
We utilize a team approach to therapy at Abington – Jefferson Health. Our rehabilitation team consists of:
- Rehabilitation Nurses & Nursing Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Rehabilitation Care Coordinator
Families are strongly encouraged to participate in the patient's therapy from start to finish. A successful rehabilitation program depends upon willing participation of the patient and support from their loved ones.
Admission to the Program
Prior to admission, each patient is carefully assessed to determine whether his or her condition will benefit from the level of treatment provided. This assessment is provided at no charge and can be conducted at home or in the hospital by a member of our team. We welcome referrals from physicians, social workers, case managers, insurance representatives, family members and patients themselves. The admission process should be initiated by a physician referral or written order. Medicare, as well as most health insurance carriers, covers acute rehabilitation therapy.
To be admitted to the Unit, the patient must:
- Be medically stable
- Have realistic goals and the potential to achieve them
- Require at least two forms of therapy (PT, OT and/or speech therapy)
- Have the potential to improve function or achieve independence
- Have an identifiable discharge plan
- Be willing to participate in the rehabilitation program along with family members
The staff works with each patient to achieve:
- An improved level of functioning
- An increased level of independence
- An understanding and readiness for potential changes
- A specific goal