Acute Rehabilitation Unit

The St. Joseph’s Health Acute Rehabilitation Unit, located at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center is the only rehabilitation facility of its kind in Passaic County. Located in a hospital setting, it offers comprehensive rehabilitative services for people in need of intensive medical rehabilitation. An interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, experienced in caring for these patients, work with both the patient and family to develop a plan of care that meets each individual’s needs for a safe return to their community.


Patients served on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit include adults with the following diagnoses:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Hip Fractures
  • Congenital Deformities
  • Amputations
  • Brain Injury
  • Neurologic Disorders, including: Multiple Sclerosis, Polyneuropathy, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Burns
  • Acute Flare Up of Arthritis
  • Joint Replacements
  • Major Multiple Trauma

Environment of Care

The 20-bed Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) consists of four private rooms and eight semi-private rooms, specifically designed to accommodate the special needs  of our patients. The 14,000 square-foot facility also includes a consultation and evaluation room, spacious dining and patient activity rooms, physical/occupational therapy gym, as well, as space designed for family meetings and conferences. Every room of the ARU, located on the 7th floor of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, a member of a comprehensive award winning Healthcare System, offers restful breathtaking views of the beautiful Wayne campus.

Because the program is hospital-based, patients of the ARU have fast, convenient access to a number of additional services including: immediate emergency intervention if necessary, radiology, laboratory, and diagnostic services. The location and size of the ARU, in comparison to most other rehabilitation units, ensures patients can receive immediate, appropriate treatment and individualized care.

Our rehabilitation team offers the following services:

Medical Services: The Acute Rehabilitation Unit’s Board-certified Medical Director supervises the care provided to all patients. Physicians with a range of clinical specialties are also available to evaluate and treat patients who have other medical conditions.

Rehabilitation Nursing: Registered nurses with specialized rehabilitation training care for patients on a daily basis. Additionally, they work with social workers, discharge planners, family and/or caregivers to prepare patients for discharge from the Unit.

Physical Therapy: A physical therapist evaluates and initiates an individualized treatment program specific to   the patient’s acute impairment. Physical therapy provides treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise, modalities, and/or equipment intended to restore function.

Occupational Therapy: An occupational therapist works on activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, toileting, eating, as well as homemaking, simple work reintegration and community tasks. The occupational therapist also evaluates and treats cognitive perceptual or visual deficits impacting independence. Patients may be referred by the occupational therapist to the Driver Rehabilitation program offered by the Hospital.

Speech Therapy: A speech therapist evaluates patients    and develops a comprehensive program to treat speech  and language impairments. The speech therapist also addresses a wide range of challenges including aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, fluency, dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and cognitive dysfunction. The speech therapist works along with the radiologist and/or ENT specialists in determining complex swallowing disorders.

Case Management and Social Work Services: These discharge planners work with the patient, family, treatment team and insurance carriers to safely transition patients back to their homes with appropriate services such as visiting nurse, home health aide, physical, occupational,  and speech therapy and other community support services.

Other Services: All of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center services are available to patients and include pastoral care, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, laboratory, diabetes education, wound care, diagnostic sleep laboratory, driver rehabilitation, and all other diagnostic services.


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For further information on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, please call 973.956.3764.

Acute Rehabilitation Unit
St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center
224 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, New Jersey 07470


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