Some patients will need additional time to stabilize their medical condition before they can be discharged home. For them, the medical center’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) is an option.
The ARU provides 24/7 medical monitoring and intensive rehabilitation in a facility that simulates the home environment. This helps patients return home with the training and confidence needed to handle daily activities such as dressing, washing and eating.
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit provides:
The ARU staff sits down with each patient to determine their goals, and then they design a therapy program to help them work toward those goals. Staff also works with family members and caregivers, who will continue with the therapy once the patient is discharged.
A typical stay in the ARU can last from two to four weeks.
EvergreenHealth’s Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic evaluates and manages the care for stroke patients on the ARU.
Nurses with special training in rehabilitation provide 24/7 monitoring of each patient’s medical condition and handle administration of any medications. They also offer training for the patient and family in bowel/bladder management, medications and nutritional needs.
Physical therapists will help each patient maximize their functional mobility and overall safety during mobility. They assist and educate patients on proper body mechanics to increase strength and endurance and improve coordination, balance and range of motion.
Occupational therapists will show patients how to regain their independence with activities of daily living such as feeding themselves, bathing, dressing and toileting.
Speech pathologists will evaluate and treat any problems with swallowing, speaking, comprehension and social interaction.
Dietitians will monitor the patient's diet and make suggestions for any special dietary needs. They will also work with patients and their family on diet modifications to help prevent future strokes.
A social worker will help patients and their family develop a plan for after discharge care, including continuing therapy on an outpatient basis. They can also assist with ordering any necessary equipment, braces or adaptive devices.
To qualify for admission to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, a patient must:
Admission to the ARU requires a physician’s referral. Once the referral is received, our admission staff will obtain proper insurance verification and pre-authorization.
For more information, or to inquire about a referral, please call 425.899.2549.