Getting on the road to recovery may take some extra time and therapy after surgery, illness, stroke, or a heart attack. Nursing homes and assisted living centers offer short-term rehab to help you or your loved one get back to independent living. Around a third of nursing home patients are short-term residents, which many people may not realize. Various therapists are available at these facilities to aid in recovery. Here is some information to help you begin your rehab facility search and assist you with selecting the best place for you and your recovery.
After a serious illness or surgery, you can imagine it will take some time to heal and return to your independent living. When searching for rehab facilities, you may notice that there are a variety of names including post-acute, short-term, and transitional rehab. They all have the same goal of assisting you with your recovery. The first step of your stay will be a current medical evaluation, which will be used to create a daily recovery plan with your doctor’s approval.
Your plan will be individualized based on your needs. A knee or hip replacement patient may require different services than a stroke patient such as pain management after surgery. A stroke patient may need speech therapy. Typically every rehab facility offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy daily or multiple times a week.
Finding a rehab facility can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry, you have a variety of options in Mesa. Below are a few of the highest rated places on SeniorAdvisor.com:
John J. Rhodes Rehabilitation Center is part of the Banner Baywood Medical Center and is designed to assist patients with a demanding regimen of physical, occupational therapy.
Springdale Village works with the area’s best physicians, nurses, and therapists to help residents with the quickest possible recovery.
Citadel Post Acute uses a variety of high-tech and hands-on therapies will give you a custom therapy program just for you!
Your physician is also familiar with rehab facilities and will give you recommendations based on your needs. Be sure to ask your family and friends for referrals, and also, utilize online reviews.
Picking the best rehab care is vital in your recovery. Be sure to ask around because you can learn a great deal about a facility based on a neighbor or friend’s experience. Check that the facility is clean and has passed all the state inspections. Be sure to determine if Medicare covers this center or if it is Medicaid-certified.
Medicare will cover skilled nursing care with an approved facility and the following criteria:
Medicare Part A covers this care. You need to have days left in this benefit period and have this coverage.
You need to be in the hospital for three consecutive days (not including your admission day).
Your medical condition must warrant rehab services for recovery.
Your doctor or surgeon must place orders for rehab.
If you are not eligible for Medicare, check into long-term care insurance or Medicaid. If you choose to use Medicaid, the rehab center must be Medicaid-certified. Not all services are covered by these insurance options, so be sure to ask your doctor. You will have to pay for non-covered items.
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