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Admission Criteria

  • General Criteria

    • Patient is 18 years of age or older.
    • Patient's life expectancy is greater than six months.
    • Beds are available for admission.


    Functional Criteria

    • The patient has experienced a substantial loss in more than one domain of function due to the recent onset or change in their medical condition.
    • There is the potential to achieve substantial improvement in one or more domains of function if they are provided with a physician directed goal driven program.
    • The program must consist of rehabilitation including two or more skilled therapies totaling at least three hours of therapy time five days per week. The only exception may be for a specific patient who can participate in 15 hours of therapy over a seven day period as determined by the physician.
    • Patient requires daily physician oversight by a physician with specialized rehabilitation training.
    • Patient requires 24 hours per day specialized rehabilitation nursing care and oversight.


    Medical Criteria

    • The patient has achieved moderate medical stability.
    • A patient’s special medical needs are within the scope of services of the facility.
    • The patient’s medical work-up and/or outstanding diagnostic tests have been completed.


    Psycho-social Criteria

    • The patient wants to fully participate in the rehabilitation process.
    • The patient intends to be discharged home or to a community-based setting.
    • Family support is available when needed.
    • Insurance approval and/or other financial arrangements have been secured.


    Program Specific Criteria

    • The Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital does not take any patients who are on ventilators
    • We take all levels of spinal cord injury with any form of cause of spinal cord injury.
    • Patients with a traumatic brain injury must be a level of recovery of four or greater as per the Rancho Los Amigos Level of Consciousness Scale.