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What to look for in a Short Term Rehabilitation Center

All too often, people automatically think of long term care when they think of a skilled nursing facility, but the fact is, there are many short term rehabilitation centers that provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, wound care, and other services to a great variety of patients.

And when you or a loved one are in need of targeted, short term care, the biggest challenge is not just finding a facility - but finding the right one. But you may be wondering, "How do I know what to look for in a short term rehabilitation center?"

Here are 5 key points to keep in mind as you begin to identify and compare your options:

1. Properly Trained Staff

Your number one concern must always be for the safety of yourself or your loved one. You want a staff that is fully trained and deeply experienced - and you need some assurance up front that that is what you are getting.

Look for state licenses and certification by CMM (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid) services. Find out what level of education on-staff nurses and caretakers have, what credentials they possess, and whether or not there is a full-time medical director present.

Also, gauge the short term rehab center's level of care based on special awards, "star" ratings, the number of complaints (if any) filed against them, and on reviews by former patients.

2. Wide Range Of Services

A short-term care facility ought to offer a full range of rehab services so that everything you need is right there on-site, to the fullest extent possible.

That means you should look for centers that provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, professional wound care, pain amelioration, assistance in taking medications on time, and help with practical things like cooking, eating, housework, using the toilet, bathing, getting dressed, and getting around.

The goal is always to get the patient back on his/her feet and functioning independently as quickly as possible. But this can involve a wide range of specific services even for a single patient - and that's why you want a full-orbed array of options ready at hand.

3. Friendly Environment & Amenities

Short term rehabilitation may last anywhere from a few days to a few months, and while that's short compared to longer recovery periods, it is far too long to be "trapped" in an unpleasant environment.

Many short term rehab centers offer a "homey" atmosphere, with modern-looking, relatively spacious apartments, private rooms, and amenities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, comfortable beds, high-quality food service, and on-site lounges and entertainment rooms for socializing. 

You should expect a quiet, clean environment, daily caretaker visits as needed, and reasonable accommodation of family and friends who wish to visit patients.

4. Affordable Programs

Don't be afraid to ask about the cost. And also ask if your insurance will cover the services and whether Medicare and/or Medicaid will contribute. Make sure you understand the payment requirements and will be able to afford the program.

Overall, however, it is good to know that short-term rehab centers tend to be very affordable. They cost a lot less than most hospitals and long term care facilities.

5. Convenient Location

After a loved one has suffered from a stroke, slip and fall injury, a surgery, or other serious medical condition, the last thing they want is to be left alone during recovery. But it is difficult for family members to visit when the center is too distant. So definitely make sure you choose a facility that is close enough to home.

Selecting a short term rehabilitation center to help you transition from hospital to home is a big decision. For further help in making the right choice, contact Arbors Amarillo, in the heart of the North Texas Panhandle, today!

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