Need short-term care after an illness, surgery, heart attack, stroke, or injury? You can look into nursing homes for this care. That’s right; nearly one-third of nursing home residents are short-term residents for rehab. Nursing homes provide the needed therapy for extended care if you require daily assistance. If your doctor orders you to enter rehab after your illness or injury, here are some guidelines to help you in your search and also some references to make sure Medicare covers your stay.
The main goal of going to rehab is to get you strong enough to return to your home. Whether the service is called short-term, transitional, or post-acute rehab, they are all the same. First, you will need to get your current medical condition and will be evaluated. The facility will then work with you to create your daily plan.
Based on your needs, plans will vary. For instance, a stroke patient may need speech therapy and treatments for balance and muscle use. If patients have a knee or hip replaced, the focus will be on gaining motion, use, ability, and pain management after the operation. Rehab patients will have regular access to these services either daily or multiple days a week depending on what the doctor prescribes and when the needed therapists are available.
There are several nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Charlotte area that provide rehab services. Here are the top-rated options on SeniorAdvisor.com:
Sharon Towers offers an experience rehabilitation staff of licensed, skilled therapists for physical, occupational, and speech therapy. They will work with you or your loved one to build a successful plan to transition back home, which may include additional home health care.
Wilora Lake Healthcare Center is a skilled nursing center offering 70-beds and works with patients to gain strength, motion, and ability to return home.
University Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center caters care to each individual through a variety of therapy services to help maintain the highest level of independence.
Your physician, surgeon, or other medical professional may have suggestions and recommendations on where you should go for the best care. Be sure to ask around for referrals and look at online reviews.
Reputation is key to these facilities. Word of mouth is the best advice you can get. You want a clean facility that has a good record with all the state inspections. Of course, you want to feel comfortable with the staff since they will be interacting with you daily and taking care of you. Be sure that the facility accepts Medicare and is Medicaid certified.
Medicare will cover skilled nursing care if certain criteria are met:
You need Medicare Part A coverage. There should also be days available within this benefit period.
You were admitted to the hospital for at least three straight days and were treated for the medical condition which warrants rehab services.
You will also need a doctor’s prescription on orders for the need of rehab services.
To help ensure coverage, you will need a rehab facility that accepts Medicare. Your doctor may prescribe some services that aren’t covered, so be sure to ask questions. You can also look into long-term care insurance or Medicaid if you don’t qualify for Medicare.
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