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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation In-Patient Program

The VA Medical Center’s Acute Level Inpatient Rehabilitation program offers Veterans the highest quality of comprehensive treatment and education. The 10 bed program is located in the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The VA’s Rehab program provides for specialized treatment programs for:

  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Spinal Cord Dysfunctions
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Pulmonary Conditions
  • Medically Complex
  • Balance & Vestibular Dysfunctions
  • Multi-trauma rehabilitation


  • Restore optimal function.
  • Educate Veterans in treatment and prevention.
  • Help Veterans transition to the community or other level of care.
  • Achieve maximal independence in performance.
  • Gain the trust and confidence of the Veteran population in the Rehabilitation process.

How Can I Be Admitted for In-Patient Rehab

In general, your medical condition needs to be stable but still need medical management by a physician on a daily basis. The physiatrist works daily with the acute rehab team to coordinate your rehab care. There must be a reasonable expectation for you to improve with the plan to be discharged to a home setting with the anticipated level of support. You must be willing and able to participate in 30-60 minute therapy sessions with a daily total of 3 hours of therapy for five days per week. This therapy consists of bathing, grooming and dressing activities, in addition to communication and swallow (if needed) and activities in the therapy gym to assist with overall movement and function. A physician and/or admission coordinator from the VA Medical Center’s Acute Rehab Program must evaluate and approve your eligibility for admission. Please see your primary care provider for more details.

Requirements for Admission

Before a patient is admitted, rehabilitation team members conduct a pre-admission screening to review the patient’s condition and medical record. Screenings are performed at no charge on site. The screening will help determine if the patient is likely to benefit from an intensive hospital-based rehabilitation program. To qualify for admission, a patient must demonstrate that he or she is:

  • In need of at least two skilled rehabilitation services (services include physical, occupational or speech therapy).
  • Able to participate in at least three hours of therapy per day, five days a week.
  • Medically and psychologically stable.
  • Mentally alert enough to participate in rehabilitation.
  • Expected to improve based on measurable program goals.

Daily Activities While in the Program

In addition to daily physical, occupational or speech therapy, patients on the Acute Rehab Unit are encouraged to:

  • Get out of bed each day.
  • Participate in daily care; such as dressing and grooming to promote independence in the activities of daily living.
  • Participate in your rehabilitation treatment daily.
  • Join in individual and group leisure activities to help resume normal functions of daily living.
  • Allow for no personal interruptions during your rehab stay (it is expected that you will remain in the facility for the duration of your treatment).
  • Eat meals with other patients in the dining room to encourage socialization.

Visits from family and friends are supported and their participation in patient treatment and educational programs is recommended.

Contact Info


  • Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 215-823-5800 Ext. 5220

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.