Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Cherry Hill

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The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Cherry Hill serves adult patients who are medically stable, but who still need intensive therapy before leaving the hospital after an inpatient stay for illness, injury or surgery. Patients are referred to the unit by their health-care provider or physician.

Our multidisciplinary team, includes specially trained nurses, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers, speech-language pathologists and recreational therapists. Family members are considered an important part of the team and are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions.

Individual rehabilitation plans are created with specific goals for each patient, and functional measures of independence are used to determine progress. The length of stay on the rehabilitation unit is dependent on a patient's condition and progress and can vary from a few days to several weeks. The average length of stay is 12 days. Patients generally receive three hours of therapy per day, six to seven days per week.

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is geared to help patients regain as much mobility and independence as possible after an injury or illness. Inpatient rehabilitation is often needed for patients who have disabling illnesses or injuries, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Closed head injury
  • Neuropathy or myopathy
  • Multiple trauma
  • Hip fractures and replacements
  • Amputations
  • Polyarthritis
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Degenerative and progressive neurological disorders

Common functional problems or challenges include:

  • Balance and coordination impairments
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty moving in bed or from one place to another
  • Difficulty performing daily living activities, such as eating, grooming, etc.
  • Memory deficits and judgment impairment
  • Speech or language problems in conjunction with physical limitations
  • Inability to work or function due to physical impairment
  • Weakness or limited motion in arms, legs or trunk

Preparing for discharge

When it is time for a patient to go home, the team on the unit strives to make the patient’s transition as smooth as possible. This may include a therapist’s visit to the patient’s home to evaluate and recommend changes that will make independent living easier. The team may also recommend and coordinate other services, such as outpatient rehabilitation services.

In 2018, we served 576 patients. Of those, 85 percent were discharged to a community setting and 97 percent would recommend our unit to their family for friends.