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Illnesses and injuries often happen without warning. We help to ensure the quality of life you expect is not out of reach afterward. Rehabilitation is an important step on your road to recovery. You’ll work together with your UF Health Central Florida rehabilitation team to regain the strength, mobility and life skills needed to maintain your quality-of-life following illness, injury or surgery.

The Care You Deserve

Our inpatient rehabilitation unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This designation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a rehabilitation facility.

Rehab patient with a doctor

Inpatient rehabilitation

Phone: (352) 751-8595

You want the most out of life, and your team at UF Health The Villages® Hospital will help you get it. Our inpatient rehabilitation unit has 30 patient rooms, a state-of-the art therapy gym, communal dining hall and an activities of daily living (ADL) suite. Our team of physicians, nurses and therapists and other health care professionals provide a rehabilitation plan designed specifically to meet your recovery goals.

Patients receive around-the-clock care, advanced physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language 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.

Back in the Driver's Seat

Our comprehensive program includes a golf car used for therapy and re-entry into the daily life of a resident here in The Villages.

Two people on a golf cart

We serve anyone 18 years of age and older in need of ongoing inpatient rehabilitation and who meets 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/orthopaedics, at least one of which must be PT or OT)
  • Require an intensive and coordinated interdisciplinary team approach
  • 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
  • Physician expectations:
    • Face-to-face visits 7 days per week
    • Assess medical and functional abilities or inabilities
    • Modify interdisciplinary treatment plan as needed
  • Additional requirements of the patient:
    • Must be medically stable
    • Able to respond to verbal and/or visual stimuli
    • Demonstrate sufficient mental alertness to participate in the program
    • Not ventilator dependent

Services provided (but not limited to)

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

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.
  • 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.

Common cultural need scope of practice

The organization will meet and accommodate for common cultural needs by unit, food and nutrition, and spiritual services:

Way of life/beliefs

  • Sleeping patterns
    • Therapy and nursing schedules arranged around patient’s preferences
  • Showering patterns
    • Therapy and nursing schedules arranged around patient’s preferences
    • Gender-specific preferences addressed at admission
  • Nudist
    • While patient in room providing privacy with door closed if no safety concerns
    • Highly encouraged to be clothed to participate in therapy treatments
  • Alternative sexual preferences
    • Addressed at admission
  • Espresso
    • Provided upon request
  • Football/soccer viewing
    • Time blocked in therapy and nursing schedules
  • Phobias
    • Addressed at admission
  • Religions (addressed at admission)
    • Muslim – permit not eating or taking medicines during Ramadan. Therapy and nursing schedules blocked for prayers.
    • Catholic – offer communion upon request
    • Christian – offer chaplain/pastoral care upon request
    • Jewish – Kosher food upon request or family members may provide
  • Holistic/home and folk remedies
    • Physician review supplements/remedies approve by writing an order or decline with discussion with patient/family
    • Approved supplements/remedies stored in Pyxis patient-specific bins
  • Family members overnight stay
    • Accommodated and highly encouraged as part of the program
    • Support members will be trained by nursing and/or therapy cleared with specific tasks
  • Pets
    • Accommodated by taking patients outside to visit with support members cleared by nursing and/or therapy
    • Small- and medium-sized pets visits preferably in room, leashed or carrier (must be in compliance with shots)


  • Dietary preferences
    • Any and all preferences addressed at admission
    • Patients’ families allowed and highly encouraged to bring favorite foods in for patients
  • Ash Wednesday
    • Ashes provided upon request

Leisure activities and hobbies

  • Golf cart driving
    • Recommend car driving evaluation after discharge
  • Golfing, bocce, walking on the beach
    • Incorporated in therapy plan of care
  • Card games
    • Cards provided upon request
    • Ample dining room space for card games with support members or visitors (COVID policies allowance)
  • Computer
    • Unit computer accessible


  • Language line (phone) and deaf live interpreter services and/or videoconferencing

2021 Performance Measures Report Card

Population served:

  • General rehabilitation program — 380 patients
  • Stroke specialty program — 105 patients
  • Amputation specialty program — 20 patients

Average percent of females and males served:

  • 53% Males
  • 47% Females

Average age of the person served:

  • General rehabilitation program — 76 years young
  • Stroke specialty program — 75 years young
  • Amputation specialty program — 70 years young

Top box 5/5 rating of the patient’s experience:

  • General rehabilitation program — 85% overall
  • Stroke specialty program — 96% likelihood to recommend program
  • Amputation specialty program — 92% likelihood to recommend program

Percent of patients returning home:

  • General rehabilitation program — 78%
  • Stroke specialty program — 80%
  • Amputation specialty program — 70%

Average length of stay for the person served:

  • General rehabilitation program — 14 days
  • Stroke specialty program — 16 days
  • Amputation specialty program — 13 days

Average amount of intensive therapy hours provided per day:

  • General rehabilitation program — 3.10 hours
  • Stroke specialty program — 3.30 hours
  • Amputation specialty program — 3.20 hours

Percent of the person served who experienced a fall during rehabilitation stay:

  • General rehabilitation program – 0.04%
  • Stroke specialty program – 0.02%
  • Amputation specialty program – 0.05%
  • No cause of moderate to major injuries for the past 2 years

Percent of the person served return to acute care hospital for complicated medical management:

  • General rehabilitation program — 0.04%
  • Stroke specialty program — 0.02%
  • Amputation specialty program — 0.05%

Percent of the person served who experienced a pressure injury during rehabilitation stay:

  • General rehabilitation program — 0.5%
  • Stroke specialty program — 0%
  • Amputation specialty program — 0%

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.

Outpatient rehabilitation services

Phone: (352) 323-5610

Following injury, illness or surgery, your road to recovery starts with rehabilitation. UF Health Central Florida offers comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services. Your care team, rehabilitation plan and access to leading technology at our facilities will help you to recover, maximize bodily function and achieve full independence.

Services and therapies we provide

  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Balance and vestibular rehabilitation
  • Neurological and stroke rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Speech-language pathology