Dallas Rehab Centers

We often think of nursing homes as places where people live permanently, but about a third of nursing home residents in any given year are there for short-term rehab and go home when they have completed their rehab. You or your loved one might be among them if you ever need daily therapy or skilled nursing services after an accident, illness, surgery, heart attack or stroke. If your physician prescribes rehab, here’s what you can expect, what you should look for in a facility, and information about Medicare coverage rules.

What happens in rehab?

Depending on which facility you talk to, their services may be called short-term rehab, transitional rehab, or post-acute rehab. The goal is the same: to help you or your loved get well enough to go home. This starts with an assessment of your condition and needs, which your rehab team will use to create a daily care plan.

Care plans vary by need. Stroke survivors may need speech-language therapy to recover speaking skills as well as cognitive therapy and treatments for impaired balance or muscle control. Knee and hip replacement patients will focus on range of motion, strength, balance, and post-operative pain management. Rehab patients get these services 5 to 7 days per week, depending on when therapists are available.

Where do you go for rehab?

Many nursing homes and assisted living communities in Dallas provide rehab care. For instance, three of the top-rated Dallas senior communities on SeniorAdvisor.com offer rehabilitation:

Signature Pointe is a preferred rehab center for the Baylor Health Care System and focuses on helping rehab patients avoid return hospital stays.

Autumn Leaves offers rehab with a focus on individualized therapy programs to help patients rebuild their physical strength, speech skills, and ability to perform activities of daily living.  

The Plaza at Edgemere gives rehab patients the therapies and skilled nursing support they need, along with meals planned by Edgemere’s executive chef for nutritional support and flavor.

Your physician, geriatrician, or hospital social worker may have recommendations for rehab placement. You can also seek recommendations from friends and neighbors who’ve experienced a facility, and check out online reviews left by patients and family members.

What should you look for in a rehab center?

As with any senior care facility, the ideal is a place with a good reputation among patients, family members, and staffers; a good track record with state inspections; a clean and well-kept setting; and a friendly atmosphere. You should also ask if the facility is Medicare or Medicaid certified.

Who pays for rehab care?

Medicare covers short-term skilled nursing care (including rehabilitation) for a limited time if you meet all of these conditions:

Have Medicare Part A coverage and have days left in your benefit period.

Were an admitted hospital inpatient for 3 or more consecutive days (not including the day of your discharge), during which you were treated for the condition requiring rehab.

Have a doctor’s orders for reasonable and necessary skilled rehabilitation services.

Need rehab services daily (or at least 5 days a week) that can only be provided on an inpatient basis.

Select a Medicare-certified rehab facility. If you don’t qualify for Medicare coverage, you may be able to use long-term care insurance or Medicaid benefits to pay for rehabilitation.


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