Rehabilitation is a method of treatment that uses innovative medical care to help overcome the effects that an injury, illness or the processes of aging have had on a person's function and lifestyle.
Inpatient Rehabilitation at WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital has a primary emphasis on helping patients reach their maximum independence in living skills, mobility and communication.
One of the many benefits of our IRU is its location within the hospital. This allows access to all of our services without having to leave the building.
We use an interdisciplinary approach to develop an individualized rehabilitation program for each of our patients. The patient is an active member of the team, participating in goal setting and development of his or her program.
Other members of this interdisciplinary team may include:
- Personal physician
- Rehabilitation physician
- Rehabilitation nursing staff
- Rehabilitation Care Coordinator
- Social worker
- Physical therapy staff
- Occupational therapy staff
- Speech/language pathology staff
- Family and friends
Patients may be admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit from another unit in our hospital, from another hospital altogether or even directly from home if recommended by a doctor or therapist.
Inpatient rehabilitation is primarily considered for patients with the following medical conditions:
- Spinal cord dysfunction
- Congenital deformity
- Major multiple trauma
- Fractured hip
- Brain injury
- Poly and rheumatoid arthritis
- Neurological disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Motor neuron disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Parkinson's disease
Other various illnesses may require a need for rehabilitation. Patients are screened by our Rehabilitation Care Coordinator and medical director to determine the need for rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation is a dynamic process that requires ongoing participation from the patient. For this reason, the following criteria must be met for admission to the unit.
The person must:
- Have the expectation of functional improvement through intensive rehabilitation services within a reasonable period of time
- Have other medical problems that need to be treated or observed during rehabilitation
- Require regular direct, individual contact with rehabilitation physicians
- Have multiple or complex rehabilitation nursing needs and/or require highly skilled medical nursing
- Require a daily minimum of three hours of therapy at least five days per week
- Have education and training opportunities for themselves as well as family members.
You can reach the IRU at WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital by calling
Our Rehabilitation Care Coordinator can assist you in arranging admission to our unit and a member of our staff will be glad to answer any questions that you might have. In regards to insurance, our services are covered by most insurance plans.However, we will perform financial clearances and insurance verification prior to admission. We look forward to hearing from you.