Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Acute Rehabilitation Unit

If you require intensive inpatient rehabilitation as a result of a joint replacement, orthopedic trauma, cancer, neurological disorder, amputation, stroke, transplant or spinal cord injury, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has an inpatient acute rehabilitation unit that will work with you and your physician to create the optimal course of rehab for your injury.

The Unit is nationally accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation and Stroke Specialty Program. 

Our Mission, Vision & Values 


The mission of the Jefferson Acute Rehabilitation Unit is to foster excellence in acute rehab inpatient focused care, family, staff and community education and research. Our philosophy is one of person-centered care. Our interdisciplinary team of physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, social workers/case managers, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, and therapeutic recreation specialists provide state-of-the-art rehabilitative care to all patients, age 18 and above, 24/7.


Our vision is to be the exemplary provider of rehabilitation care for our patients and families, provide a learning environment for future clinicians and participate in research to further the field of rehabilitation.


  • We value human dignity
  • We value individuality
  • We value creativity
  • We value family and significant others
  • We value courage
  • We value honesty, advocacy, and inclusion

The Rehabilitation Unit is dedicated to caring for individuals with any impairment or functional limitation that may restrict life activities and/or participation in the community. Our team provides patients with state-of-the-art, individualized medical and rehabilitative care, along with emotional, social and psychological support to help them reach optimal independence and return to their homes and life in the community.

The Rehabilitation Process

The rehabilitation process includes the promotion of patient rights, inclusion and advocacy. The interdisciplinary team is committed to open communication and collaboration among its members, which includes and focuses on the patients and their families. The team philosophy promotes an understanding, respect and advocacy of each patient's goals and needs as well as sensitivity to his or her spiritual beliefs and cultural value system. The team will make every attempt to meet the cultural needs of the patient and family. Funding sources for patients on the Rehabilitation Unit include Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurances and managed care programs. The Rehabilitation Unit identifies payer requirements during the preadmission process to ensure all requirements are complied with during the patient stay.

Admission Criteria

A patient must demonstrate the need for the following to be considered for admission to the Jefferson Acute Rehabilitation Unit:

  • Patient requires close medical supervision by a physician with specialized training or experience in rehabilitation medicine
  • Patient requires 24-hour rehabilitation nursing services 
  • Patient requires an intense level of rehabilitation services on admission to the Rehabilitation Unit
  • Patient has the ability to tolerate 3 hours of therapy at least 5 days per week
  • Patient's condition must be such that there is a reasonable expectation at the time of admission that the patient will be able to actively participate in and benefit from the intensive rehabilitation therapy program in an inpatient rehab setting
  • Patient requires an interdisciplinary team approach to the delivery of care 
  • Anticipate that a patient will have measurable, practical improvement in their functional condition that is accomplished within a predetermined and reasonable period of time 
  • Patient has identifiable, measurable and realistic interdisciplinary rehabilitation goals 
  • The goal for each patient should be a safe return to the home or community-based environment 
  • Patients can be admitted from an acute care hospital, subacute care, long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities or from the person's home. We help families through the admissions process with a plan that identifies important next steps for families to take.

Download our Jefferson Acute Rehabilitation Unit brochure (available in Chinese and Spanish).

Transition Criteria

Patients may be transferred to the acute care setting as needed because of medical issues that prevent them from actively participating in their intensive rehabilitation program or when the level of medical monitoring necessary for stability cannot be provided on the rehabilitation unit. Patients may also be transitioned to a skilled nursing facility that provides a less intensive rehabilitation setting if the patient cannot fully participate in the program.

Discharge Criteria

Patients will be discharged when the following conditions have been met:

  • Patients are medically stable.
  • Patient have reached their expected goals for mobility, activities of daily living within the inpatient rehabilitation setting.
  • Patients and caregivers have been educated in preparation for the transition to the next level within the continuum of care and can demonstrate proficiency and safety in providing this care.
  • Arrangements have been made for needed equipment and services for the discharge to the community.
  • If set goals for mobility, activities of daily living have not been met, training has been provided to caregivers to provide safe care once home based on recommendations from the care team. 

Commitment to Excellence

CARF Accredited

Our Acute Rehabilitation Unit is accredited by CARF International, a nonprofit organization that offers accreditation services and support for health and human services programs. This accreditation demonstrates our Unit’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of our patients.

Our CARF survey results detail the sets of standards and criteria required to receive this accreditation. This level of performance is achieved on only 3 percent of surveys conducted by CARF.

Contact the Jefferson Acute Rehabilitation Unit

To schedule a tour of the Unit or for more information, please call 215-955-7166.

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