Suffering an injury, serious illness, or medical incident can be a huge challenge for both the patient and their caregiver. Whether a patient needs rehabilitative treatment or physical therapy to aid in their recovery, chances are they will need short or long term inpatient rehab in a skilled nursing home. When disability rehabilitation or post acute rehab is an option that your physician is recommending, seriously considering in-patient rehab facilities is something that you should do to aid in your recovery. Here are some tips on preparing patients, caregivers, and family members for the possibility of in-patient rehab:
- Get to know the team that will attend to your recovering loved one’s needs. Typically, your rehab facility team will consist of doctors, nurses, occupational or physical therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists, as well as social workers. Discussing the progress of the rehab, as well as other health concerns as a patient or caregiver, requires a good bond between you and the medical staff. This way, it will be easier to bring up any questions or concerns you may have regarding the rehabilitation.
- Ask about rehab transition from the facility to home. While there is no guarantee that rehab will be quick, because every case is unique and the severity of trauma is different between patients, it is important to ask about what the transition will be like between rehab and home. After all, full recovery and continuous rehabilitation is likely to take place at home.
- Get your expectations in line. It is critical for family, friends, and caregivers, as well as rehab patients, to know how to manage their expectations of what will come out of the rehab program so there will be no disappointments by the end of the treatment’s course.
- Know and utilize all available resources. The great thing about in-patient rehab is that patients become a peer community and in themselves, a strong support system. This makes them an important resource in terms of fellow patients’ recovery.
- Follow all orders. Rehab is a medical partnership like any other treatment course. This is why it is important to follow all practices, medication instructions, and orders by the care team to promote and encourage good progress throughout the course of treatment.
Elderberry Healthcare and Assisted Living also specializes in post acute rehab and disability rehabilitation services. In addition to their skilled nursing home offerings, the facility provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary transitional rehabilitation program that features short-stay after-surgery recovery for patients in need of accident aftercare.