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Inglis House

Inglis House is a specialized, skilled nursing, long-term care community based in Philadelphia. 

Founded in 1877, Inglis specializes in services to non-geriatric adults with severe neurodegenerative physical disabilities resulting in paraplegia and quadriplegia.

The 252 residents — all wheelchair users — range in age from 20 to 90 (average age 54) and their primary diagnoses a range of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders such as multiple sclerosis (fully 43% of the current Inglis House population), cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury.

Along with providing medical and personal care, a key aspect of the mission of serving younger adults is recognizing they typically have a wider range of needs than a geriatric nursing home resident. Younger adults, whether congenitally disabled or disabled later in life, struggle to achieve goals that give a sense of autonomy, mastery and creativity.

Those disabled unexpectedly as adults often find their personal relationships undergo abrupt and traumatic changes, especially relationships with romantic partners and children or grandchildren. Inglis House provides a range of medical, personal and enrichment services that enable residents to live life to the fullest.

Inglis House is recognized as a “Center of Excellence in Long-term Care” by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its excellent clinical care and quality of life programs for people with physical disabilities — one of only 10 organizations in the country to receive this important designation.

Inglis is one of seven residential facilities throughout the United States that offers such highly specialized, long-term care for people with physical disabilities.  

Person Centered Care

In 2011, Inglis formally launched the beginning of a multi-year initiative to transform Inglis House and adopt a person centered care, home-like community.

Person centered planning is a process, directed by an individual with long-term care needs, intended to identify the individual’s strengths, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes. The process includes participants freely chosen by the individual who enable and assist the individual to identify and coordinate a personalized mix of services that will achieve his/her desired outcomes in the most inclusive community setting.

Person centered means residents will make their own decisions on when to get up or go to bed, how to decorate their room, assist in menu planning and participate in household decisions.  Staff and residents work together in a collaborative, home-like setting to set the tone and activity level for their households.

During the next five-seven years, Inglis House will be transformed from an institution to a more home-like community, based on the concepts of person centered care – a community of people, living and working together to create lives of purpose, meaning, worth and happiness. Households are organized and operated through shared planning and decision-making by residents and staff on all aspects of life and work together. People at all levels — staff and residents — are involved in planning and providing input on all features of proposed changes.

Why choose Inglis

Inglis is a skilled nursing facility that offers the nursing/medical services that our residents need in as home-like an environment, as possible. Residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible without struggling. Inglis focuses on the entire person not just a medical diagnosis. We work to help you reach your goals all while you are able to receive the services that you may need.

Some of the medical and nursing services available are explained below.
As an Inglis House resident, nursing care is available to you 24-hours a day from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. Your medical needs will be handled by a team of attending physicians and nurse practitioners, under the direction of a medical director experienced in meeting the needs of people with complex medical problems and multiple diagnoses. Specialist consultants are available on-site in the following areas:

  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology
  • Neurology
  • Optometry
  • Physiatry
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Urology

Diagnostic testing is also available on-site in the following areas:

  • Blood work
  • Cardiograms
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasounds

To learn more about our comprehensive clinical services, please contact our Admissions Department at:  215.581.0747

Amenities/Services include:

  • Private rooms
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Cable TV
  • Ability to select your own room color
  • Coordination of medical services
  • Scheduled transportation for outside trips
  • Therapeutic recreation schedule 7 days a week
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Wireless network
  • Convenience store
  • Hairdresser/barber shop