Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Our goal is to make sure you get the right care to help you heal after you leave Cedars-Sinai. Acute rehabilitation may be right for you if you have had an injury or debilitating disease that keeps you from your daily activities. These activities include being able to walk, stand, bathe, dress and feed yourself. You also may need acute rehab after having certain types of surgery, such as brain or spine surgery.

This page will help you learn more about acute rehab and the types of care you can expect to get at an acute rehabilitation unit (ARU).

Rehabilitation in an Inpatient Setting

Most people who need acute rehab will get their care in an inpatient hospital setting with an ARU. Cedars-Sinai does not have an ARU, so patients who need this type of care are referred to other healthcare facilities. Your case management team or your doctor will meet with you to talk about your choices and help you find the best place for you.

Once you have moved to an ARU, you or your loved one can expect to receive quality nursing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You also will have at least 3 hours of therapies each day for up to 5 or 6 days each week. A doctor will be onsite to handle your care. A team of healthcare experts will also be onsite to help you with complex health issues.

Types of Care Offered in an ARU

You can expect to receive:

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Care from specialized rehab nurses and other experts
  • Food and nutrition services based on your needs
  • Social worker services
  • Teaching and training for you and your family, such as help with your daily activities

Your social worker will talk to you about whether an ARU is right for you. He or she will tell you which health plans cover the cost of care. Most people spend about 2 weeks in an ARU before they are strong enough to go home.

To learn more, call Case Management at 310-423-4446.