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Acute Rehabilitation Unit

About St. Joseph Regional Medical CenterĀ ARU

Our inpatient rehabilitation services are designed for people who have experienced the debilitating effects of an acute injury, impairment, or illness. The goal is to help each individual function as independently as possible through specialized treatment programs for conditions including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, neurological conditions, amputation, and trauma.

Tour Our Facility

Discover why inpatient rehabilitation at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center might be the right choice for the next phase in your recovery.

The ARU features ten newly constructed rooms, a new gym offering the latest rehabilitation equipment and technology, and designated rooms for activities and dining.

Each patient room provides the amenities one would expect at home, including Wi-Fi, cable television, private bathrooms, and guest recliners. These clean, cozy settings allow patients to get the rest they need before and after rehab therapy sessions.


Types Of Patients We Treat

While our patients have a wide variety of diagnoses – ranging from neurologic conditions such as stroke and Parkinson's to pulmonary conditions such as COPD – our inpatient rehabilitation unit stands out as an excellent treatment option because we create a custom rehabilitation program based on each patient's condition and goals.

You may be a good candidate for admission into our inpatient rehabilitation program if you have had a decrease in your ability to function in your normal environment and you have experienced the following:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Cardiovascular or pulmonary issues
  • Hip or femur fractures
  • Lower extremity amputation
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Neurological conditions such as motor neuron diseases, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, myopathy, Parkinson's disease, polyneuropathy
  • Total joint replacement with complications
  • Other medical and debilitating conditions

What To Expect During Your Stay

From your first therapy session to your last check-in, we aim to help you recover as fully as possible. When you first arrive, you'll be evaluated on activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, and walking or wheelchair usage, as well as your personal goals. This information will be used to develop your personalized treatment plan. When you leave, you'll be re-evaluated to measure your progress and help your team assess what help you need when you go home.

Most patients receive at least three hours of therapy daily for at least five days a week. Therapy takes place in individual and group settings, and sessions are scheduled for various times throughout the day. We encourage loved ones to participate in the patient's rehabilitation program, offer encouragement, and observe therapy sessions.

Your specialized care team of rehab experts includes:

  • Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech-Language Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Case Manager/Social Worker/Discharge Planner

Sample Daily Schedule

Your team will help guide you throughout your stay, but if you've never been to an inpatient rehabilitation program, you probably want to know your stay. Here's what you can expect during a typical day:


  • Your nurse will start your day with the necessary medications and medical treatments.
  • Nursing and therapy staff will assist you as needed with getting clean, dressed, and to the restroom. They will also provide training and support so you can learn to do as much as possible independently.
  • Breakfast is served with your selections from a menu.
  • You will have therapy scheduled throughout the day. Therapy typically begins between 7 and 9 a.m. Your therapy schedule is shared with you the night before so you know what to expect.
  • Your morning therapy sessions will typically consist of two sessions, each combining physical, occupational, and/or speech therapies.


  • The lunch break usually begins around noon. Therapists will work with those who need help with swallowing or eating or require training for an adaptive device.
  • After the lunch break, you will continue with your therapy sessions. As with the morning sessions, you'll have a combination of therapies and opportunities to take a break between or during sessions, as needed.


  • Your day concludes with dinner and time to spend with family and other visitors.
  • Your nurse will end your day with any necessary medications and/or medical treatments.
  • The nursing staff will help you prepare for the night and reinforce what was learned in therapy so that your journey to greater independence continues after treatment.

The Inpatient Rehab Difference

Deciding where you receive your rehab services is essential – especially with so many options to consider. When you choose inpatient rehabilitation, you will be cared for by a team that understands your individual situation and shares the same goals you do – getting you home as healthy, safely, and as quickly as possible.

Inpatient rehabilitation providers are highly specialized in getting individuals back home and functioning at the highest level possible. Under the direction of a physiatrist, a doctor specializing in rehabilitation and physical medicine, we offer 15 hours of therapy within a seven-day week, following guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is typically provided for three hours daily, five days a week. In addition, nursing care is offered 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends inpatient rehabilitation settings for stroke survivors. In fact, treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation setting, like the ARU at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, has been shown to provide a higher level of care and achieve better results than other types of rehabilitation programs.

For example, those receiving inpatient rehabilitation:

  • Return home sooner
  • Have greater success walking independently again
  • Receive more doctor and nurse time and attention, including regular visits by their doctor
  • Have lower rates of readmission to the hospital during or after treatment