Sub-Acute Care

When you are ready to leave the hospital, you may need more medical care and rehab as part of the next step before you can go home. Your Cedars-Sinai care team may arrange for you to go to a sub-acute unit at a nursing facility while you are still healing and getting your strength back.

What is Sub-Acute Care?

Sub-acute care includes inpatient care and rehabilitation for patients with an acute illness, injury or disease or complex health problems. Healthcare experts will work closely with you to help you get better and improve your physical skills.

Most people stay for a short term, which can range from 3 to 30 days, based on how well they are doing. A long-term stay can be arranged, if needed.

What Types of Care Will I Get?

The types of care you can expect from a sub-acute unit are:

  • Post-surgical care
  • Rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapies)
  • Intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy
  • Wound care
  • Pain management
  • Pulmonary and breathing care, such as ventilator and tracheotomy
  • Cardiac (heart) care

A team of doctors and nurses will care for you, as well as other healthcare experts such as:

  • Case management and social workers
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Respiratory therapy team
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians (food experts)

Will My Health Plan Cover the Cost of Care?

Medicare will cover the full cost from day 1 to day 20. If you have Medi-Cal or private insurance, your case manager will let you know what your insurance will cover.

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