Inpatient Rehabilitation

Where a patient chooses to go for rehabilitation directly affects his or her recovery. Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare’s (FSLH) Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Program offers patients a more specialized and intensive program. As a result, patients generally achieve better outcomes and enjoy greater independence upon discharge. Our team is here to help and support you and your family each step of the way.

With a philosophy that emphasizes a team approach to individualized treatment and care, the goal of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) team is to help patients regain independence and transition back home.

New State of the Art Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

In February 2013, Acute IRU moved to the new Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, also the site of St. Luke’s Home. This transition was made possible by a $31.3 million grant from the New York Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority.

The new 24-bed IRU has 10 private rooms and 7 semi-private rooms, all of which have large, handicap-accessible bathrooms.

Staff worked closely with an interior decorator to select Adirondack-themed colors and fabrics that are soothing and natural to give the unit a home-like feel. The importance of these new amenities cannot be overlooked.

“We’ve always had an exceptional team of caregivers,” said Georgia Deveans-Smith, RN, BS, CRRN, IRU nurse manager. “Now we have the opportunity to provide this care in a specially-designed, state of the art environment.”

The new unit features a transitional living center that simulates typical household activities, like cooking and laundry. Here patients practice everyday skills that many may take for granted, such as how to get food from the stove to the table while using an assistive walking device.

Patients also have exclusive use of a new dining room and rehabilitation gym, which creates greater opportunities for socialization – an important aspect of recovery.

“Patients expect nurses to say ‘things will get better’ but when they hear it from another patient who has experienced progress, it means so much more and can be empowering,” said Deveans-Smith.

The convenience of having these services located within the IRU, as well as Home Care Services which many patients rely on after discharge within the same complex, allows FSLH to provide patients with a more comprehensive plan of care.

Nationally Recognized for Quality Care

In recognition of the quality services and programs provided to IRU patients, the FSLH Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit was re-accredited for a three-year period in 2014 by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with commendations. Organizations receiving three-year terms of accreditation have voluntarily participated in a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of on-site surveyors a commitment to CARF’s accreditation conditions and standards.

“This achievement speaks to the dedication and commitment of our physicians, nurses, therapists and staff to improving the quality of our patients’ lives,” said Scott H. Perra, president/CEO of FSLH. “CARF’s strict standards focus on quality patient care and outcomes, and promote the creation of a culture of clinical excellence by finding ways to improve the care provided.”

What can inpatient rehabilitation help?

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord dysfunction
  • Neurological diseases (Parkinson’s, exacerbation of MS, Guillain-Barre, etc.)
  • Amputations
  • Complicated orthopedic conditions
  • Multiple traumas
  • Hip fractures

Your Rehabilitation Team

You and your family are the most important members of our rehabilitation team. We value your ideas and involvement in planning your treatment program and setting goals for recovery. Active participation in the program and activities is needed for you to get the greatest benefit and achieve the best recovery possible.


Your treatment program is under the direction of a physiatrist, a doctor special­izing in physical medicine and rehabilita­tion. The physiatrist will provide you with medical care and direct your rehabilita­tion program.


Rehabilitation nurses are available 24 hours a day and are specially trained to provide rehabilitative care and fol­low through on the rehabilitation plan of care. The majority of our nurses are certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRN), who have earned this special credential after passing a national exam demonstrating rehabilitation expertise.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help you to become as independent as possible using the skills and abilities you have. Treatment focuses on learning new or different ways to do everyday tasks, and regaining skills through individualized treatment programs. 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists use individualized treatment techniques and assistive device recommendations in an effort to improve your independence, mobility, muscle strength and balance.

Discharge Planning

In order to develop a plan to get you home safely, it is important to identify resources within your family and community that strengthen your support system. Discharge planners support patients and families in coping with changes in their environment, relationships and personal lives.

Speech/Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists help patients who have difficulty communicat­ing due to an inability to comprehend others or speak. Treatment is also provided for patients with problem solving, memory and swallowing disorders.


Psychologists help you and your family understand and adjust to the recent changes in your lifestyle.

Therapeutic Recreation

The therapeutic recreation specialist plans recreational and social activities to assist you in using physical, social and mental abilities.


The dietitian will talk with you about your diet and together you will create a person­alized diet that promotes good health.


Using cognitive-behavioral therapy, specialistshelp patients and caregivers cope with changes in cognition, emotions or behavior resulting from injuries or illnesses that affect brain functioning

Who qualifies for the inpatient rehabilitation program?

  • Patients must be medically stable and have recovered from the acute phase of their illness or injury. However, patients must still require close medical supervision and 24-hour rehabilitative nursing.
  • Patients must be able to participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy at least five days a week. Patients must have the ability to learn new activities, build upon this learning and benefit from the program.
  • Patients must require two forms of therapy, for example: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
  • Patients must identify a discharge plan.
  • Patients and family must be willing to participate with the team in the rehabilitation plan.
  • We cannot treat those dependent on a ventilator, those who have aggressive behavioral problems, are comatose, or are under the age of 18 years old.