United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Health Care Upstate New York - VISN 2

Syracuse VA Medical Center

Physical Therapist working with patient
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What You Can Expect
Patient/Caregiver Handbook Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Welcome to the Acute Rehab Unit
at the Syracuse VA Medical Center

800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13210

The Rehab Unit is located on the 5th floor of the medical center.

For more information contact the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Office at
(315) 425-2684.

The rehab unit offers specialized care by a team of rehab physicians, nurses, social workers and therapists. Our program is geared to treat problems related to mobility, self-care, communication, swallowing, memory and thinking problems as a result of a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation and/or other orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions.

The primary goal of rehab is to help you regain physical, cognitive, and social functioning. This includes recovering old skills, as well as learning new ways to accomplish everyday tasks. The rehab team will work with you and your family/caregiver to develop an individual treatment program that will maximize your potential and enable you to achieve the greatest independence possible.

The Syracuse VA Medical Center Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is accredited for three years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


patient in wheelchair with family Admissions Criteria
Admission to the Acute Rehab Unit requires that a patient need specialized therapy from at least two rehab disciplines and have loss of two or more of the following:
  • Communication skills
  • Function
  • Mobility
  • Bowel/bladder continence
  • Independence in self care
  • Motor control
  • Strength

Patients admitted to the unit should be able to participate in direct therapy at least three hours/day, be medically stable and capable of following directions. Patients must also be willing to participate in all levels of care. Patients in the program can expect to see enough of an improvement to return to their previous living situation.