Why Short-Term Rehabilitation Is the Right Choice for Seniors

After a surgery, illness or accident, many seniors need additional time to recover and regain their strength and abilities. Since hospitals are set up to handle the immediate issue, patients are discharged and have to turn to other services in order to get back on their feet. Seniors can choose from a variety of different options, but short-term rehabilitation is generally considered to be the right choice for many reasons.

“A short-term rehabilitation center is one of the best solutions for helping reduce health complications for older adults following a hospital stay,” says Janet McNemar, NHA, MBA, Executive Director at Saunders House in Wynnewood, PA. “Programs like RenewAll Short-Term & Medically Complex Care at Saunders House are designed so that recovering seniors can spend a good amount of time in one place with all the needed services at their disposal. Having everything in one rehabilitation facility results in fewer rehospitalizations, quicker recovery and a better overall result for our patients.”

What is the long-term goal of any rehabilitation program?

The goal of any rehabilitation program is to get a patient well enough to be able to go home and live the same quality of life that they had prior to the accident, illness or surgery. Rehabilitation programs can be short- or long-term, and take place in a therapeutic environment that provides inpatient care (meaning that the patient lives at the facility for a specified amount of time, allowing them to focus on recovery in a highly specialized environment).

How long can you stay in a rehabilitation center?

This generally depends on the individual patient, their needs, their insurance and recommendations from their care team members. The average short-term rehabilitation stay lasts about 20 days, with some individuals able to discharge within seven to 14 days. Long-term rehabilitation can last for months or indefinitely, particularly if the issue is chronic or progressive like Parkinson’s disease or dementia.

Does insurance cover rehab after a hospital stay?

Medicare and many private insurances will pay for rehabilitation following a hospital stay. However, as with everything that deals with insurance, there are different rules as well as costs and fees that insurance may not cover. Before you or a loved one check into a rehabilitation center, discuss with your doctors and insurance company about what’s covered and what’s not in order to avoid any surprises.

What sort of conditions and needs do rehabilitation services treat?

Short-term rehabilitation centers offer services for a variety of conditions, needs and issues. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

●      Joint replacement

●      Cardiopulmonary disease

●      Stroke

●      Post-surgical recovery

●      Reconditioning post-illness or injury

Services provided include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and care planning.

Why is short-term rehabilitation for seniors the right choice?  

Short-term rehabilitation is the right choice for seniors because of the balance of personal care, therapy and a focus on bringing the individual back to their previous quality of life. One of the most useful things is that all the services take place in one location, which reduces the need for an individual to travel to and from different health care locations. Since the facility is set up for the needs of an individual who is recovering, it’s the safest place to be (unlike a private home that may not be set up to accommodate things like walkers, wheelchairs or other medical devices).

Short-term rehabilitation is an excellent solution to help older adults heal and get back on their feet so they can continue doing the things they love and enjoy. For more information about short-term rehabilitation services at Saunders House, please contact us at 610.658.5100.

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Located adjacent to Lankenau Medical Center, Saunders House 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 rehabilitation, traditional nursing care, restorative care, memory care, respite care, and care for individuals with visual impairments – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.

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Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Saunders House 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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