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Acute Rehabilitation

Contact Information

Rochester General Hospital
Acute Rehabilitation Unit
1425 Portland Ave., Box 374
Rochester, NY 14621

Map and Driving Directions

Phone: (585) 922-5730

Fax: (585) 922-5745

What is acute rehabilitation?

Acute rehabilitation is a program, usually based in a hospital, that helps people who have experienced some major injury, disorder or illness to regain the skills needed to return to everyday living.

Using a multidisciplinary team approach, the inpatient rehabilitation program covers everything from regaining the ability to walk after an amputation, to talking after a stroke, to being able to safely take daily medications after a serious illness. Rehabilitation can be used to retrain a person on the basics of activities of daily living or may be used to help an elderly person recover from a fall.

Patients who are usually referred to the acute rehabilitation unit include those with a diagnosis of:

  • stroke
  • neurological disorder
  • brain injury
  • non-traumatic spinal cord disorder/injury
  • amputation
  • multiple injuries due to trauma
  • certain orthopedic conditions, such as joint replacements   

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is located on the seventh floor at Rochester General Hospital.  There are 14 beds designated for inpatient rehabilitation patients. Each patient admitted to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit receives three hours of therapy a day with therapy provided six days a week.  On average, a patient stays on the rehabilitation unit about 17 days. Approximately two-thirds of the patients from this unit are able to be discharged back to the community.

Our Services

Comprehensive care is provided by a team of professionals including physiatrists, rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a speech language pathologist, a psychologist, a registered dietician and a social worker.  This entire rehabilitation team works together with the patient and family to develop a program of care that maximizes the patient’s functional abilities. 

Specialized care is provided for each patient.  For the patient requiring neurological rehabilitation due to stroke or other disorder, the rehabilitation program may include the following:

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  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, handwriting, cooking, and basic housekeeping
  • Speech therapy to help patients with speaking, reading, writing, or swallowing
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression management
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Activities to improve mobility (movement), muscle control, gait (walking), and balance
  • Exercise programs to improve movement, prevent or decrease weakness caused by lack of use, manage spasticity and pain, and maintain range of motion
  • Social and behavioral skills retraining