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Short-Term Rehabilitation Facilities

Nov 7, 2017

Short-term rehabilitation facilities provide a customized level of nurturing and care for seniors and others as they work to regain their independence after an injury or illness. But not all short-term rehabilitation facilities are created equal: There are clear differences ranging from the services offered and the quality of staff to the emphasis of the organizational mission. Choosing whether short-term rehabilitation is for you—and identifying the best facility to meet your needs—comes down to evaluating some key criteria.

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Why People Choose Short-term Rehabilitation Facilities

People turn to short-term rehabilitation facilities to help them recover from a surgery, hospitalization, or other serious medical problem. There are multiple benefits to selecting this path, including lower costs than hospitals or medical centers, a warmer, more nurturing environment, and numerous comforts and amenities. The licensed professionals at short-term rehabilitation facilities are uniquely focused on advancing patients' immediate objective: recovering sufficiently so they are ready to go home.

How to Find the Right Short-term Rehabilitation Facility

The goal of short-term rehabilitation is to ease the transition between hospital and home—but finding the right short-term rehabilitation center can make all the difference. There are a number of important considerations to keep in mind when evaluating your options. Reputation is at the top of the list: Is the short-term rehabilitation facility well reviewed by seniors (and their families) who have utilized its services? Is the staff qualified—and are staff members welcoming, compassionate, and eager to help? How is the physical environment? Does it feel clean and modern, and is there a positive, upbeat atmosphere? Does the staff work as your advocate and ally, both in terms of restoring physical and emotional health and also in working with your insurance provider?

Short-term Rehabilitation Facility Checklist

Additional questions to consider when determining whether a short-term rehabilitation facility is right for you include:

  1. Does the short-term rehabilitation facility specialize in treating seniors?
  2. Are family members and private caregivers welcome at the facility, and are they encouraged to play a role in the patient's care plan?
  3. Does the facility make use of state-of-the-art technologies to speed and improve your recovery?
  4. Are the dining options appealing and nutritious?
  5. Are the rooms shared or private—and which one works better for you?
  6. Are there outlets for socializing with other patients in the facility?
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