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 a Comprehensive 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. 

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 Comprehensive 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).

Commitment to Excellence

CARF Accredited

CARF International has accredited Jefferson for its Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

CARF is 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.

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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