Acute Inpatient Rehab Admissions

Admission criteria and process for inpatient rehabilitation

A rehab specialist helps a senior man walk down a hallway, representing the acute intensive supervision with inpatient rehab.

Admission criteria and process for inpatient rehabilitation

Scripps acute inpatient rehabilitation program in San Diego is designed for patients who have complex treatment plans that require intensive inpatient supervision and multiple therapies. The program is designed to optimize functional activities prior to return to the community.

Admission criteria

The general criteria for admission to our acute inpatient rehab program include the patient's diagnosis and their health status.


First, the patient must have an eligible diagnosis, such as:


  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury (non-ventilator dependent)
  • Brain injury
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Amputation
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Other diagnoses requiring rehab, as indicated by a physician


Second, the individual must:


  • Be medically stable
  • Be 14 years of age or older
  • Be able to participate in and benefit from at least three hours of therapy per day
  • Need services from at least two different therapy disciplines (physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy)
  • Have a viable discharge plan to either a home or an assisted living facility following rehabilitation
  • Require 24-hour medical and nursing supervision


Patients who meet the above criteria can often be admitted within 24 hours, once approved. Scripps accepts most insurance plans, and we can make special payment arrangements as needed.

Admission process

To start the admission process, contact us and a rehab admissions liaison will return your call within one business day.


During the call, the liaison will ask you some questions, including:


  • Where is your loved one hospitalized and who is their physician?
  • Is there a plan for where he or she will go following discharge from Scripps Rehabilitation Center, such as their home or a skilled nursing facility?
  • Is he or she covered under any insurance, such as Medicare or private insurance?