The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides a comprehensive acute inpatient rehabilitation program designed to help you learn new skills, how to use special equipment, and how to do things safely for yourself so you can return home as quickly as possible. We place strong emphasis on family/caregiver training for anyone who may need some help when they go home. We are proud to say 98% of our patients are able to return home.

The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit consists of 12 beds located on the 3rd floor of the hospital; you can access the unit by using the Pratt Elevator (C). To get more information about the unit, or to make a referral, see our contact information below.

In 2008 and 2010, our Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit received a 'Top Performer Award' among 800+ inpatient rehab facilities in the country from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr). This award is given to those facilities that rank in the top 10% for positive performance and patient outcomes.

What is the difference between acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing rehabilitation?

  • ARU4An acute rehabilitation program (ARP) is required to provide three hours of therapy five days a week whereas a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is not.
  • ARP is required to have a medical staff specially trained in rehabilitation medicine whereas an SNF is not.
  • An ARP is required to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to patient treatment whereas an SNF is not.
  • An ARP is required to provide 24 hour rehabilitation nursing wheras an SNF is not.

Because no two people will face an injury, illness or the process of aging in exactly the same way, our treatment programs are tailored to meet individual needs. After a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's needs, appropriate goals are set and a treatment program is implemented with the intention of returning the person to the community as independent as possible.

Admission to the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

In order to be approved for admission to the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, an individual must meet specific criteria that make it medically reasonable and necessary for the individual to remain in the hospital for rehabilitation. This criteria includes the following:

  • The need for active, ongoing therapy of at least two disciplines – Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and/or Speech Therapy; AND
  • The ability to tolerate and the willingness of the individual to actively participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy five days / week; AND
  • Evidence that the individual can make significant, measurable and practical improvement in a reasonable amount of time; AND 
  • The need for close medical supervision by a physician who has specialized training and experience in inpatient rehab; AND 
  • The need for complexity of nursing, medical management and rehabilitation in a coordinated, interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation care.

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Who can we help? Some of the patients our Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit can help are those who have experienced:

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Brain injury
  • Fractured hip
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain - Barre Syndrome or Parkenson's Disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement

 Learn, Restore, Recover

  • Learn how to maximize your function and take control of your medical needs
  • Restore good health, confidence and hope
  • Recover your roles in life; family, friends, work and play

Nearly half of patients discharged from the acute care hospital have ongoing medical and physical problems that require close attention and treatment. Patients and families are told that "rehabilitation" is needed.

  • Exercise and muscle strengthening activities do not define the rehabilitation process; it is defined by education
  • The rehabilitation team member add value by teaching; they are not exercise trainers or cheerleaders
  • The team instructs the patient and the family in the best ways to regain good physical and emotional health, resume mobility and optimize self-care abilities.

Our Location

860 Washington Street 
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 786-4800
Toll Free: 1-877-888-6138 ext 4800
Referrals 315-778-7573
Fax: (315) 786-4958