Rehabilitation Services - Acute Rehabilitation Services

Washington Health System Washington Hospital's Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) strives to assist individuals who have experienced a catastrophic illness or injury to develop the skills to live as independently as possible after leaving the hospital.

Your individual therapy plan will be designed to meet your needs and is developed according to your level of function before the injury, your current level of function, and your living situation after you leave the hospital.

Your treatment team will consist of a physician, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, and a discharge planner.  These specialists will work together to develop a program to build your strength and endurance, to help you with the activities you will need for daily living, to improve speech, language, and cognition skills, and to streamline the discharge process so that you have access to the special equipment and resources you may need when you return home.

Acute inpatient rehabilitation consists of a total of three hours of therapy per day spaced throughout the day. Therapy is given at least five days per week.

Your goals as an ARU patient will include:

  • Increasing independence with the goals of daily living, such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, homemaking, etc.
  • Increasing mobility by learning new techniques and exercises to build mobility, strengthen muscles, and increase stamina
  • Discovering activities which you can enjoy and maintaining health independence and strength as you continue your rehabilitation
  • Improving communication if you have a speech problem

Patient and family education

Your family will be involved in your rehabilitation, working with the ARU staff to help with the continuation of your recovery when you leave the hospital.  The activities your family will be involved in include:

  • Plans for your discharge, including living arrangements and care
  • Methods you can use to conserve your energy so that you can do as much as possible without becoming tired
  • Exercises you can do at home to maintain and improve your physical condition
  • The use of adaptive equipment such as canes, reachers, and walkers, which can help you as you continue to recover
  • Making the adjustment (both physical and emotional) to disabilities, and learning to recognize limitations
  • The management of medical complications

The primary caregiver of the patient will be invited for family training. The family member goes through an entire day with you in therapy sessions. This is an opportunity for family members to observe how well you are doing in therapies and ask questions they may have.


What to expect when you are admitted to the ARU
  • You will wear regular street clothes and comfortable shoes, which will give good traction for walking.
  • You will eat the lunch meal and dinner meal as a group in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit’s dining room.
  • You will be an important part of your rehabilitation team. The staff will work with you to discover what your present limitations are and to plan how you can improve. Your treatment plan is adjusted as you progress through the program.
  • You will be expected to participate in your therapy sessions to the best of your ability. There will be four therapy sessions every day. Each day you will probably notice improvement in what you are capable of doing.
  • You are expected to be dressed and out of bed each day.

Please feel free to ask the staff any questions that you may have about your program.



Visiting hours

ARU visiting hours are 4:00p.m.-9:00p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.


For more information, please call (724) 229-2449.