Nursing homes residents are not just permanent residents. Nearly a third of nursing home patients are in nursing homes for short-term rehab to recover from illness, surgery, strokes, heart attacks, and more. Patients receive daily care and can work with a variety of therapists if needed. Your doctor may recommend rehab to improve your physical condition to return home. Here are some ideas of what to look for in a rehab facility.
You will go to rehab after your hospital stay so that you can gain strength and endurance to return home safely. Services are called short-term, post-acute, or transitional, but all are the same. When you get to rehab, the staff will evaluate your current condition and create a recovery plan.
These programs are different for each patient. A patient who just had surgery, such as a knee or hip replacement, will need to focus on getting balance, the range of motion, and pain management. Stroke patients may demand additional therapy for speech and occupational therapy to learn how to live their daily lives. These services will be available at rehab facilities daily or several times a week.
With several options to choose from in the Newark area, you have choices for your rehab care. SeniorAdvisor.com has favorable reviews for these three facilities:
Branch Brook Park Manor offers short-term care with 24-hour staff. Short-term residents can also participate in activities to make their stays more enjoyable.
Regency Grande Nursing Center and Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center won SeniorAdvisor.Com’s 2017 Best of Senior Living Award. This facility is in nearby historic Dover. Regency Grande offers MD Live Care with telemedicine appointments available during the evening, weekend, and even on holidays, which allows you to have a video communication appointment with your physician.
Little Nursing Home, in nearby Montclair, also won the SeniorAdvisor.com’s 2017 Best of Senior Living Award. The staff works hard to create a comfortable, home environment while still offering the skilled nursing care you need to get better.
Your doctor will have recommendations on facilities that offer the care that works best for you.
Asking for referrals and advice from others is a great source of information, and you should read online reviews. You want the facility to be clean and have a good standing with state inspections. If you can, tour the facilities to meet the staff. You will be interacting with them on a daily basis. The most important thing to check is if the facility accepts Medicare or is Medicaid-certified.
Medicare does cover skilled nursing care with the conditions below:
You have Medicare Part A to cover this stay.
You have days available in this benefit period.
You stayed in the hospital for three consecutive days (not including the admission day).
The medical condition requires rehab services.
Your doctor prescribes rehab for recovery.
Check that the facility does accept Medicare. Medicare does not cover some services, so be sure to keep track or ask since you will have to pay for these services out-of-pocket. If you don’t qualify for Medicare, check out long-term care insurance or Medicaid to cover this stay.
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