Continuity of Care After Surgery: Safely Transitioning from the Hospital to Home

Today, as surgery patients are often discharged before they are completely ready to return home, post-surgery rehabilitation in a short-term rehabilitation center provides the ideal bridge between leaving the hospital and safely returning home. Many patients have discovered the advantages of post-hospital rehabilitation in a rehab center. The cost is reasonable, it is a more relaxed and comfortable environment, and a variety of services and amenities are offered.

The article,“Bridging Acute and Post-Acute Care Healthcare,” tells us that hospitals and health systems today recognize that they cannot do it all by themselves, and they are working with post-hospital short-term rehabilitation centers to achieve higher quality recoveries and lower costs for recovering patients. 

Providing High Quality Care After Your Hospital Stay

After you’ve had surgery and left the hospital, short-term rehabilitation centers provide a continuation of the high-quality care that you need to achieve a successful recovery. At Saunders House, our short-term rehabilitation program, called RenewAll Short-Term & Medically Complex Care, combines skilled doctors, nurses and therapists with the latest in rehabilitation therapies to assure that your care continues and you achieve a full and speedy recovery, plus a safe return home.

Marilyn Kerr, RN, Director of Nursing at Saunders House, says, “Our RenewAll program balances medical management and physical rehabilitation to treat a variety of post-surgical conditions, including joint replacement. Our experienced team of rehab professionals utilize detailed information from your doctor and the hospital regarding your surgery, your current condition, your medical history and your specific rehabilitation needs to assure the continuation of the highest quality of care. Our rehabilitation team then works closely with you and your family to create a customized plan of care with the goal of providing the best recovery results possible.” 

The Benefits of Short-Term Rehabilitation After Your Surgery

Skilled post-surgery rehabilitation offers significant improvements in terms of patient comfort, functional ability and a return to a normal lifestyle. According to medical experts, the specific benefits associated with post-surgical rehab include: 

  • Reducing your post-surgery pain and swelling – Although moving after surgery can sometimes be uncomfortable, it is very important to stretch your muscles and get moving again. This has proven to enhance your recovery process. The longer you remain in bed, the worse it can be for your recovery.
  • Shortening your recovery time – Therapy has proven effective in reducing your time of recovery, thereby enabling you to return to your normal daily activities sooner.
  • Improving your function, mobility and independence – Therapy helps to rebuild your muscles so you can regain your normal range of mobility, functioning and physical independence.
  • Returning to the lifestyle you most enjoy – Some surgical patients may have lost the ability to perform certain functions that are important for their lifestyle. Certified therapists specialize in creating rehabilitation plans that can help you regain the capabilities you need in order to continue to do the things you most enjoy.
  • Enjoying the support and involvement of your family – When you recover in a post-hospital rehabilitation center such as Saunders House, your family members are not only welcome, but also actively encouraged to support your rehabilitation and recovery.

Experienced Professionals Provide You with Uniquely Personalized Care

At Saunders House, we are very proud of our post-surgical recovery services and the various professionals who manage them. By taking an interdisciplinary care team approach to rehabilitative care, we offer optimal quality and outcomes.

Our post-surgery rehabilitation team includes:

  • Medical Director specializing in geriatrics
  • Fully-certified physician specializing in physical and medical rehabilitation
  • Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Therapeutic recreation specialists
  • Dietary and nutrition specialists
  • Discharge planners and social workers

Working together, they are committed to ensuring a smooth, safe and successful transition to home for each of our recovering patients. To achieve the goals of our RenewAll program, our interdisciplinary care team develops personalized and comprehensive rehabilitation plans designed to meet each resident’s unique recovery needs. These plans are then delivered on a one-on-one basis and are focused on achieving measurable outcomes that meet or exceed national standards for recovery. 

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Discover our Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

Located adjacent to Lankenau Hospital, Saunders House – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has a celebrated tradition of providing exceptional care and services to seniors and their families. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Today, Saunders House offers a range of services, including short-term rehabilitationtraditional nursing care, restorative carememory carerespite care and specialized care for individuals with visual impairments – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.

For more information on Saunders House, our Short-Term Rehabilitation program and other professional services, please call us today at (610) 658-5100 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Saunders House/Bryn Mawr Terrace and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.


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