The neurologic rehabilitation program includes clinicians, basic scientists and allied health professionals from across the campus who are committed to lessening the disabilities suffered by patients who have neurologic diseases. The program includes agendas for research and training as well as patient care. The program includes the inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation & Research Unit (NRRU) on 1 West in the Medical Center, the outpatient service in 300 UCLA Medical Plaza and other clinical and basic science laboratories.
The inpatient, outpatient, and clinical research programs offer a broad, multi-disciplinary treatment approach for patients who have neurologic impairments and functional disabilities and handicaps caused by conditions such as stroke, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, the Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and other diseases of nerve or muscle.
The 11-bed inpatient NRRU cares for patients with a team of specialists that include a neurologist, rehabilitation nurses, a psychologist, and speech, physical, occupational, and recreational therapists. The team assesses problems that arise in mobility, self-care skills, swallowing, communication, nutrition, pain, and psychosocial and cognitive functioning. It devises a treatment plan which is consistent with realistic goals for the patient and family. To promote reintegration into the community, the patients use the gardens, campus and Westwood Village in their retraining. Many patients also have the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials that aim to find better techniques to improve their functioning and quality of life. Continuity of care is provided through the outpatient program, which also specializes in developing specific strategies to improve the function of patients who have persistent disabilities.