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Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation

Our dedicated team creates advanced therapy plans for each patient, building on every moment of triumph along the way. Celebrating this incremental progress keeps us - and our patients - motivated to keep improving every single day. For this reason, UF Health The Villages® Hospital Rehabilitation Hospital is chosen by patients and their families every day as the destination for recovery.

Located on the hospital's fifth floor, the 30-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation facility features a therapy gym, communal dining hall, and an activities of daily living (ADL) suite. Patients receive around-the-clock care, advanced physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social services, case management, and more. Available onsite are specialty medical services such as endocrinology, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and pharmacy services arranged as needed through consultation.

In addition, we have highly-trained teams onsite for instant assistance with cardiac arrest, acute stroke, and critical analysis. These teams ensure that high quality and accurate care is provided to our patients.

Proven Excellence

Our Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This designation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a rehabilitation facility. To earn a three-year accreditation, our facility underwent a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are accountable, measurable, and of the highest quality.

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Population Served

We serve anyone 18 years of age and older in need of ongoing inpatient rehabilitation and who meet medical necessity at the time of admission. Based on individual care needs - reasonable and necessary - the patient must:

  • Require active and ongoing intervention of multiple therapy disciplines (physical, occupational, speech-language pathology, or prosthetics/orthopdics, at least one of which must be PT or OT)
  • Reasonably be expected to actively participate and significantly benefit from the intensive rehabilitation therapy program, generally consisting of:
    • Therapy within a 7-consecutive day period, beginning with the date of admission
    • 3 hours of therapy per day at least 5 days per week schedule with ample rest between disciplines
  • Require physician supervision by a physical and medical rehabilitation physician
    • Face-to-face visit minimally 3 days per week to:
      • Assess medically and functionally
      • Modify the course of treatment as needed
  • Require an intensive and coordinated interdisciplinary team approach
  • Additional requirements:
    • Medically stable
    • Responsive to verbal and/or visual stimuli
    • Sufficient mental alertness to participate
    • Not on a ventilator
    • Not in need of telemetry
    • Not under the Baker Act


Services are provided for patients with the following conditions or illnesses (but not limited to):

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Amputation
  • Hip fracture
  • Poly-arthritis
  • Neurological disorders (i.e. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson' disease, etc.)
  • Debilitating illnesses
  • Knee or hip joint replacement allowed by meeting certain criteria
  • Spinal cord injuries – complete - mid to lower thoracic

Hours and Frequency of Services

  • Nursing staff care for our patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Expect a visit from a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician minimally once a day, 7 days a week.
  • Therapy hours are approximately between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening Monday through Saturday.
  • There are no set visiting hours because we encourage family members to be involved in the patient's rehabilitation program.
    • Upon request, family members or supportive associates may stay overnight.
    • During the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting hours may be adjusted periodically to meet guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Payers, Funding Sources and Fees

We accept Medicare managed care and commercial insurances and payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. All Medicare managed care and commercial insurances require limited pre-authorization prior to the patient's admission. Worker's compensation insurance and self-pay is also accepted. Some insurance companies require co-payments, which will depend on your plan and will be disclosed prior to admission.

Referral Sources

All of our patients must obtain a physician referral before being screened for admission. Referral sources can be case managers, primary care physicians, specialty physicians, etc. When one of our admission liaison specialists receives a referral, it is processed and a physician will determine eligibility according to criteria. When the patient is accepted, the admission liaison specialist will communicate with the referral source. If the patient is denied, reasons for denial will be shared with the referral source.

Contact us

Referral: 352.751.8506
Fax: 352.751.8516

Questions? Contact Delaine Guitian, Director of Rehabilitation Services at 352.751.8593 or email