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Comprehensive Conditions Treated by Rehabilitation Specialists

The rehabilitation needs that our program addresses vary as much as the children themselves. Our rehabilitation specialists provide care for children of all ages, from birth to age 21. We provide an individualized approach for a comprehensive range of conditions, including but not limited to:

 

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury (all levels, complete and incomplete injuries and all etiologies)
  • Encephalitis, meningitis and other central nervous system infections or diseases
  • Stroke
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Near-drowning and other hypoxic-ischemic injuries
  • Disability or recovery from oncological disorders
  • Critical illness myopathy
  • Multiple trauma
  • Burns
  • Acute amputations
  • Co-morbidities may include tracheostomy, CPAP, Bi-PAP or ventilator assistance

The scope of our program includes the following considerations: 

  • Loss of function and activity limitations such as taking care of oneself, walking, communicating and/or other functional skills.
  • Participation restrictions related to home, work, community and school re-integration.
  • Psychological status and need for ongoing services related to adjustment or family dynamics that follow the rehab diagnosis.
  • Acknowledgement and respect of the cultural diversity of our patients and families. Our team is committed to providing the best care for all patients regardless of age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, language, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  • Behavioral challenges associated with the patient’s illness/injury. If the patient exhibits behaviors that affect his/her ability to participate in therapy or the safety of others patients and staff, a behavioral plan will be implemented.

Inpatient Admission Criteria for Rehabilitation Services

To qualify for admission to the Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Center for full acute inpatient rehabilitation, patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Be medically stable for transfer
  • Demonstrate potential for improvement in quality of life, and can benefit from intensive medical, physical, and/or cognitive rehabilitation
  • Actively participate in at least three hours of therapy per day
  • Have family/caregivers present during the inpatient stay to participate in the pediatric rehabilitation program
  • Have a discharge plan in place to follow the inpatient rehabilitation stay. The intended discharge environment is the patient’s home; however, another setting such as a sub-acute care facility or group home may be more appropriate for some patients. The discharge environment depends on the parent and caregiver’s ability to provide safe and effective care for their child.
  • Insurance accepted: All types of commercial insurance, California Children Services (CCS), managed Medi-Cal programs and self-pay. Always check with your health plan for the most up-to-date coverage.


Continued Stay Criteria

Each patient is revaluated weekly by the Rehabilitation Team to determine the appropriate continuation of care. Patients must meet the following criteria for continued stay:

  • Demonstrate progress and reasonable potential toward meeting rehabilitation goals 
  • Have no major intervening surgical, medical or psychological problems that will prevent a patient from benefiting from a continued intensive rehabilitation program
  • Active participation in the rehabilitation program, by patient and family, with acceptable behavior


Discharge Criteria

The discharge planning process involves the patient, family and Rehab Team members. Patients who no longer meet the continued stay criteria (noted above) will be discharged with the following guidelines: 

  • Long-term rehabilitation goals are met as defined by initial and ongoing assessments and functional outcomes for self-care, motor, communication and cognitive skills
  • Daily care can be safely performed by the person served or by the care provider
  • Discharge disposition is established
  • Equipment needs are addressed
  • Outpatient resource needs are met
  • Advance notification of discharge to allow the family to make appropriate arrangements
  • Appropriate educational plan is established