Stroke patient with doctor and nurse.

Stroke Rehabilitation Program

Following a hospital stay for a stroke, you may look for inpatient rehabilitation to regain function and independence.

That choice can impact the rest of your life.

At Penn Medicine Rehabilitation, we are passionate about helping stroke patients get their lives back, one step at a time

How Inpatient Rehabilitation Can Help after Stroke

No two patients are alike – everything from the impact of your stroke to your rehabilitation goals is unique.

We work to understand your needs and develop a personalized, comprehensive care plan to help you:

  • Regain Mobility
  • Improve Communication Skills
  • Restore Thinking and Memory
  • Rebuild Strength and Coordination
  • Return to Daily Activities
  • Maximize Independence

Your Stay at Penn Medicine Rehabilitation

Located at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse, our 58-bed unit offers a calm, quiet environment. You will have a modern, private room and bathroom to support healing.

You will actively participate in your recovery. During your stay with us (typically 1 – 3 weeks), your daily schedule generally includes:

  • Getting out of bed
  • Dressing in comfortable clothing
  • Speaking with your physician
  • Participating in 3 hours of therapy 5 days a week utilizing innovative technology

Access to World-Class Care at Penn Medicine

As our patient, you have access to the comprehensive scope of specialized, leading-edge care available at an academic center like Penn Medicine, including:

  • Penn physicians who specialize in rehabilitation
  • Penn consulting physicians specializing in psychology, internal medicine, cardiology, infectious disease, endocrinology and nephrology
  • On site Penn Medicine diagnostic studies

Your Stroke Care Team

Led by a Penn Medicine physiatrist who specializes in stroke recovery, you’ll have a dedicated team of expert clinicians and support staff to guide every aspect of your recovery, including:

  • Physical therapists – to build strength and mobility
  • Occupational therapists – to re-learn everyday tasks
  • Speech therapists – to help with swallowing, speech and cognition
  • Recreational therapists – to help you reach your goals through leisure activities
  • Rehabilitation nurses – to provide specialized care
  • Neuropsychologists – to support you and your family
  • Case managers – to help you transition home and connect you with needed resources
  • Admissions team – to help you transition from the acute care hospital to our rehabilitation unit

Powering Stroke Rehabilitation: Expertise for Better Outcomes

Our care team of physiatrists, nurses and therapists advances discoveries and education on stroke. Members of the team that cares for you are well-known experts who:

  • Conduct research on stroke recovery
  • Author peer-reviewed publications
  • Present at local, national and international conferences
  • Have contributed to and/or authored industry text books
  • Are board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation and neurological clinical specialists
  • Hold advanced certification in fields such as Rehabilitation Nursing, Wound Care and Brain Injury Specialists
  • Are fellows in brain injury and speech-language pathology

Sophie Borrelli Regains Independence After Stroke with the Help of Penn Medicine Rehabilitation

On July 15, 2022, the unthinkable happened: 18-year old Sophie Borrelli suffered a stroke. Care teams at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine Rehabilitation and Penn Therapy & Fitness worked together to help her recover.

Why Choose Penn Medicine Rehabilitation?

Patients have access to world-class services not available elsewhere in the region.

Our patients show tremendous progress from admissions to discharge, showing a 46 percent improvement in self-care and 26 percent improvement in mobility. Source: Facility: M248 – UDS-PRO® Comprehensive Performance Report: Jul 2021 – Jun 2022 (07/01/2021–06/30/2022)

We work with patients and caregivers to provide training, support groups and post-discharge follow up. Thanks to our partnerships with community groups like Mind Your Brain and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, we can connect patients and families with needed resources.

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the gold seal for rehabilitation programs. This voluntary accreditation process gives you assurance of our commitment to service quality and your satisfaction.

Patients can seamlessly continue their recovery within our outpatient network of 30 Penn Therapy & Fitness locations throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Top five percent of facilities nationally (2022-23)

Stroke Support Group

Mission: The monthly Stroke Support Group at Penn Rehab provides education and encouragement for individuals living with the effects of stroke.

Monthly meetings: This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 3 – 4:00 p.m.

For more information: Contact Tyler Roach at 215-893-6425 or via email.

Request a Tour

For more information about our inpatient rehabilitation or long-term acute care programs, or to request a tour of our facilities, please call 215-893-6570 or fill out the form below. 

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