Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Our Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) is located on the first floor of  Kindred Hospital – Bay Area St. Petersburg, an 82-bed transitional care hospital. 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.

The Inpatient Rehab Difference

We know that making the decision about where you receive your rehab services is important – especially with so many different 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.

Acute rehabilitation providers are highly specialized at getting individuals back home and functioning at the highest level possible. 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 per day, five days a week.

Inpatient rehabilitation settings are recommended by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for individuals recovering from stroke. And patients receiving rehabilitation services at settings like the ARU at Kindred Hospital – Bay Area St. Petersburg typically have better nurse-to-patient ratios and shorter stays before returning home as compared to those treated at skilled nursing facilities.

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

Most patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy each day 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 be part of the patient’s rehabilitation program, and to 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

Though your schedule will be customized to meet your individual needs and goals, here is an example of what your day might look like during your time with us:

Sample Daily Schedule

Morning

  • Your nurse will start your day with any necessary medications and/or medical treatments.
  • Nursing and therapy staff will assist you as needed with getting clean, dressed and to the restroom.
  • Breakfast is served with your selections from a menu.
  • You will have therapy scheduled throughout the day. Therapy typically begins between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. Your therapy schedule is shared with you the night before so you know what to expect.

Evening

  • Your nurse will end your day with any necessary medications and/or medical treatments.
  • Nursing and therapy staff will assist you as needed with getting clean, dressed and to the restroom.
  • Dinner is served with your selections from a menu.

About Kindred Hospital – Bay Area St. Petersburg ARU

The Kindred Hospital – Bay Area St. Petersburg ARU features 13 newly-renovated rooms, a new gym offering the latest in 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 and guest recliners. These clean, cozy settings allow patients to get the rest they need before and after rehab therapy sessions.

The ARU also offers outdoor areas that allow patients to practice ambulating or meet with family and friends outside. 

To learn more about the Kindred Hospital – Bay Area St. Petersburg ARU, call our admissions office at 727.894.8719.