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Intensive Rehabilitation Unit

Rehabilitation is hard work, whether you are recovering from a stroke, illness or injury. The Intensive Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus offers extensive one-on-one daily therapy.

In our state-of-the-art, 18-bed inpatient unit (with 24-hour care), we offer:

  • At least three hours of intensive, individualized therapy including physical, occupational and speech therapies up to 7 days a week
  • Care coordinated by a physician specializing in rehabilitation
  • Multidisciplinary care, including specially trained rehabilitation nurses, social workers, speech and language pathologists
  • Leading-edge technology
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Home-care planning
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Outpatient therapy

Our care staff includes:

  • Attending physicians
  • Attending surgeons
  • Advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physiatrists (physicians specializing in restoring function after illness or injury)
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Nutritionists/Dietitians
  • Care managers
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains representing multiple faiths

Patients may have experienced one of the following diagnoses and conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Neurological disorders such as: multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré, Parkinson's disease
  • Amputation of a lower extremity
  • Hip fracture
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Bilateral total joint replacement
  • Unilateral total joint replacement if over 85 years of age
  • Brain injury
  • Severe osteoarthritis*
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis*
  • Systemic vasculitis*
  • Severe burns
  • Congenital anomalies

*After completion of three-week outpatient program without significant improvement.

Patients admitted to the IRU are discharged from their hospital of care and admitted to the unit. On admission, patients should have several complete changes of clothing, including socks and comfortable walking shoes and their own toiletries.

Visiting hours

Weekdays: 3 - 8 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11 am - 8 pm

For more information, please call 203.789.3868.


Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus also offers occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy services, as well as Occupational Health Plus, which provides area businesses with comprehensive occupational health, physical and occupational rehabilitation services and speech therapy for their employees.

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