Many people believe that moving into a nursing home is a final stop, and there is no getting out. But, about one in three tenants each year are there for short-term rehabilitation, and they go home when they are finished. If you ever require skilled nursing services or daily therapy after a stroke, surgery, accident, illness, or heart attack, you or a family member may be among those short-term nursing home residents. Here is what to expect when your physician prescribes rehab, what to look for in a rehabilitation facility, and information about Medicare coverage rules to prepare you.
Whether they are known as short-term rehab, transitional rehab, or post-acute rehab, all rehabilitation services share one goal: to get you or your loved one in good enough shape to move on. Your needs and condition are first assessed. Then, based on this info, a daily care plan is created.
Your care plan is based on your needs. For instance, hip and knee replacement patients will focus on strength, post-operative pain management, range of motion, and balance. Stroke survivors need treatment for impaired muscle control or balance, cognitive therapy, and speech therapy to recover speaking skills. Depending on when therapists are available, rehab patients get services up to seven times per week.
Rehabilitation is offered by several assisted living communities and nursing homes in Dayton. For example, rehab care is offered by three of the top rated Dayton senior communities on SeniorAdvisor.com:
Pristine Senior Living of Dayton-Centerville offers occupational therapy, speech therapy, restorative nursing services, and physical therapy.
Bethany Lutheran Village’s rehabilitation nurses accurately dispense medication, provide help with health needs and personal hygiene, and perform daily assessments.
Franciscan at St. Leonard has a 120-bed rehab center that has staff on-site around the clock that watches out for your emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.
You may be able to ask your doctor, geriatrician, or hospital social workers to get suggestions for rehab placement. Also, check out online reviews and talk to neighbors and friends who have been through the same experience.
As with any senior living community, the perfect rehab facility has a clean and well-kept environment, a friendly setting, a great track record for state inspections, and a good reputation among patients, their loved ones, and staffers. Make sure the center is Medicaid or Medicare certified.
If you meet the following criteria, Medicare will cover your short-term rehabilitation:
Pick a Medicare-certified rehab center.
Have a doctor’s orders for necessary and reasonable skilled rehab services.
Were treated for a condition that requires rehab while in an inpatient hospital for at least three days in a row.
You still have days left on your Medicare Part A coverage benefit period.
Require rehabilitation services in an inpatient setting at least five days per week.
You may still be able to use Medicaid benefits or long-term care insurance to pay for rehab when you do not qualify for Medicare coverage.
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