acute rehabilitation unit

Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Recovering from a disabling injury, illness or disease takes time and specialized care. 

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at UC Irvine Medical Center is a complete inpatient rehabilitation program designed to help you regain your abilities and adapt to new limitations. 

Our team of physical, speech and occupational therapists will work with you using a treatment plan that is specific to you and what you need. We have one goal: to maximize your function so you can return to the activities and lifestyle you enjoy. 

When you see our team, you can expect unmatched expertise and skill. We are consistently highly rated by our patients for their experience during their stay.

To learn more, call 714-456-6923.

Every area of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit is designed for your rehabilitation from injury or illness. Our state-of-the-art facility features:

  • 14 beds
  • Physical therapy gymnasium
  • Occupational therapy gymnasium
  • Speech therapy area
  • Six private rooms
  • Four semi-private rooms
  • Negative-air pressure room

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is designed for patients who:

  • Have physical impairments that limit functional ability
  • Need help performing daily living functions
  • Have medical complications that cause a significant decline in physical function
  • Suffer from the onset of a recent disability
  • Are willing to learn to adapt and cope with their new limitations and prepare for their return home

To be admitted into the ARU, certain conditions must be met. You must:

  • Need intensive rehabilitative services from physical and occupational therapy at a minimum
  • Have a condition that shows potential for improvement
  • Be medically stable
  • Be able to respond to verbal and/or visual stimuli
  • Have sufficient mental alertness
  • Be at least 14 years old

Learn more about what happens during your stay in the ARU ›

When you are a patient at the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, you receive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy as needed, along with specialized nursing care under the direction of a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Advanced treatment programs are offered for a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Neurological disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke
  • Trauma

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit brings together a variety of specialists who use their talents to help you with every aspect of your rehabilitation.

You, your family, your caregiver and other important people in your life are a key part of your care team.

Your care team may also consist of the following depending on your specific needs:

  • Physiatrist, a medical doctor who specializes in rehabilitation
  • Nurses specially trained in rehabilitation
  • Speech pathologist, who can help with speech and language problems, as well as difficulty swallowing
  • Physical therapist, who can help improve strength, endurance, balance and coordination
  • Occupational therapist, who helps with self-care, living skills and improving upper extremity function
  • Neuropsychologist, who performs cognitive evaluations and provides emotional and psychological support
  • Case manager, who coordinates discharge planning
  • Registered dietitian to help with nutritional needs
  • Pastoral care and social worker
  • Nurse manager, who is a link between you, your family, the discharge planner, attending physiatrist and the consulting staff

Learn more about what happens during your stay in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit  ›

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