What are the criteria for admission to inpatient acute rehabilitation for middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Aug 09, 2021
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Acute, inpatient rehabilitation is the most intense and expensive rehabilitation setting in terms of hours of therapy provided each day. Comparison to subacute rehabilitation, typically provided in a skilled nursing facility, in terms of functional outcome, is discussed later in this article. However, the basic criteria for admission to acute rehabilitation are as follows:

  • Potential for significant functional improvement requiring at least 2 therapy disciplines in a reasonable period

  • Realistic and safe discharge plan with family support and housing that allows return to the community rather than to a skilled nursing facility or long-term care

  • Medical stability, willingness, and ability to participate in at least 3 hours of therapy/day

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