Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit


Cedars-Sinai's 28-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit helps individuals who have physical or cognitive deficits to recover from disease or injury. Our goal is to help each individual function as independently as possible. Individuals who are admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit may include those who have had a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, or those who have a neurological or medically complex condition.

A three-year accreditation was awarded to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation and Stroke Specialty programs in 2015. This means that our unit and the program we provide have met standards in providing quality rehabilitation care to our patients. In addition, Cedars-Sinai has earned the Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation recognizes quality and excellence in nursing care. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is also accredited by The Joint Commission (2014) as well as AOTA Approved Residency and PT Approved Residency in NCS and OCS.

We are dedicated to:

  • Providing skilled, evidence-based rehabilitation services
  • Patient-centered care using an interdisciplinary team approach that includes the family, caregivers and significant others
  • Promoting Cedars-Sinai Department of Rehabilitation's values of excellence, leadership, advocacy, compassion, sensitivity, respect and diligence while protecting patient rights to privacy, dignity and self determination
  • Compliance with all federal, state and local laws, regulations, rules, guidelines and ordinances
  • Upholding ethical standards

Our Facilities:

With over 3,070 square feet of treatment space in our state of the art rehabilitation gym, we strive to provide the best and most comprehensive rehabilitation services to meet the needs of our patients.

Our View from the Top

Located on the 7th Floor of the Medical Center North Tower, our gym offers views of the Hollywood Hills and surrounding areas. The inpatient rooms are located on the 7th floor South Tower of the Medical Center.

Our Expertise, Your Wellness

Our staff of health professionals and support personnel work together to meet our patient's individual rehabilitation needs. We offer one on one sessions that include skilled therapy services, patient and caregiver teaching and training; group sessions that focus on wellness and rehabilitation, community support and education on resources, including safety training and disaster preparedness; comprehensive medical management; and visits to the home and community to assist with practicing skills learned.

We strive to give our patients the tools necessary to be in charge of their recovery, and ultimately go back to leading a full life.

Our patients have access to using a variety of technology as part of their individualized treatment plan. Some examples include:

  • Computerized Video game systems (Wii)
  • Body Weight Supported Treadmill (Lite Gait)
  • Robotic Rehabilitation Therapy - Armeo System
  • Bioness Rehabilitation Systems
  • Tap-it Interactive Technology
  • Biodex Balance System
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Dynavision
  • Communication Device - DynaVox
  • Music Glove
  • Apple IPAD

Criteria for Admission

Persons admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program:

  • Are 14 years of age or older
  • Are medically stable
  • Have a qualifying diagnosis as determined by the rehabilitation physician (see list below)
  • Require 24 hour rehabilitation nursing care
  • Require daily visits from our physicians
  • Tolerate three hours of intensive therapy at least five days a week
  • Have the potential to make functional gains
  • Have a plan to return home or to a community setting as deemed appropriate upon completion of the rehabilitation program
  • Have authorization from a payor source as appropriate
  • Must not be dependent on mechanical ventilation

Diagnostic Criteria

A patient may be eligible for admission to our unit if they have any of the following diagnosis:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputation
  • Multiple trauma
  • Femur and/or Multiple fractures
  • Brain Injury
  • Neurological Disorders (including Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson's Disease)
  • Bilateral Knee or Hip Joint Replacement (with specified criteria)
  • Debility, transplantations, and other diagnoses for medically complex conditions

Every referral we receive is given consideration. Every admission decision is made on a number of factors and reviewed on an individual basis. If you have any questions about the process of admission, please call 310-423-6271.

Length of Stay

Upon admission to the unit, a patient is evaluated by the rehabilitation team and an individualized treatment plan is established. This plan includes detailed information on the goals of the rehabilitation stay, and how these will be met. On a weekly basis, the team meets to determine the patient's progress towards these goals. A patient's length of stay on the inpatient rehabilitation unit is dependent on a number of factors including:

  • active participation of the patient in the rehabilitation program
  • ability to progress towards goals
  • ongoing authorization by the payor source
  • the involvement of family, friends and significant others
  • a safe discharge plan

Rehabilitation Team

Our Rehabilitation team consists of highly skilled professionals dedicated to each patient's needs. We work together to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.

  • Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They diagnose the patient's condition, and lead the team in creating a plan to restore function, decrease pain and improve quality of life after an illness or an injury.
  • Neuropsychologists see patients for cognitive and/or behavioral issues related to brain injury, stroke or other illnesses. They also work with patients who need help getting use to changes in their level of ability. They may recommend cognitive therapy, stress reduction techniques, or other treatments.
  • Rehabilitation nurses manage the patient's overall health and provide skilled care around the clock. They help patients learn about their medications, their disease or injury, or how to manage bowel, bladder and skin care needs.
  • Pharmacists help with medication teaching and other concerns patients may have about specific medicines.
  • Physical therapists help and treat patients with a disease or injury contributing to pain or loss of strength, range of motion, balance or coordination. Their goal is to restore and maintain a person’s ability to move and do physical tasks.
  • Occupational therapists assess how well a patient can do daily tasks such as eating, dressing, toileting, and bathing. Their goal is to help the patient do as much on their own as possible. They help with a person’s ability to participate in their life roles. Certified Occupational therapists can perform visual assessments as ordered by their physician. See more information in our Visual Rehabilitation For Adults brochure.
  • Respiratory therapists assess and treat patients who have breathing problems.
  • Speech-language pathologists treat patients who have problems with speech and thinking skills. These problems are common among those who have had a stroke, head injury, or other changes in the nervous system. Speech-language pathologists also work with patients who have difficulty swallowing.
  • Social workers serve as the Coordinator of care for the patient. They provide emotional support to help patients deal with the onset of an illness or injury. They can assist with community resources such as transportation, in-home caregiver support, nutrition programs and insurance issues. They also facilitate referrals for post-discharge rehabilitation services.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialists help patients pursue leisure interests or develop new ones. They provide resources for support and community involvement that a patient can continue with when they leave the inpatient rehabilitation unit.
  • Dietitians teach patients how to eat the right foods based on their medical condition.
  • The support system consists of family, friends and significant others. They play an active role in the rehabilitation process. They are encouraged to attend education and training sessions to help prepare each patient for their discharge.
  • The patient is the most important part of the rehabilitation team. The success of the rehabilitation program depends on their active participation in the treatment sessions and the important decisions they make along with the interdisciplinary team.

Visiting Hours and Parking

Visits by family and friends are vital to the rehabilitation process. Family and friends are asked to visit during non-therapy times to allow patients to focus their attention on their therapy sessions. Visitation hours are from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. daily. While visiting, and when appropriate, caregivers are encouraged to work with the staff to learn the proper rehabilitation techniques to be continued after discharge. Overnight accommodations are available.

Visitor parking is available around the Medical Center. Patients and visitors may purchase one-week, two-week or monthly parking passes from the Parking Office. The Parking Office is located at the entrance of Parking Lot 8 on George Burns Drive between Gracie Allen Drive and Third Street. For more information, please call the Parking Hotline at 310-423-5535 or visit the following link: Patient and Visitor Parking.

Advance Directives

Patients admitted to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit are asked upon admission for a completed and signed advance directive. This is a set of instructions written and determined by the patient that tells us how to proceed with carrying out medical treatments, in case a person is unable to make decisions. For more information on this please click here.

Measuring Our Outcomes

We collect data about our ability to provide rehabilitation services. We measure and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of our services. This data is reported publicly to assist with determining if our program meets your needs. To learn more, click here.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

For information about the payment system used by Medicare for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, please click here.

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