Recovering from a stroke, surgery, severe illness, or heart attack can be tough; this is why nursing homes and rehabilitation centers offer a transition period before the patient goes home. At rehab care, you and your loved one will work on regaining strength, independence, mobility, and learn new methods to live independently once again. Nursing homes provide the recommended therapy required for the road to recovery and offer daily care with a variety of therapists. Here are some ideas of what to look for in a rehab facility and information on insurance coverage.
You will go to rehab after your hospital stay until you are strong enough to go home. You may see various names for services such as short-term, post-acute, or transitional, but they are all the same. Once you are ready to enter rehab, you will first need to get your current medical state assessed. The rehab facility will then create a recovery plan for you and your doctor to implement during your stay.
These plans are catered to each patient. For example, a surgery patient will need to focus on getting balance, the range of motion, and pain management. Stroke patients may demand additional therapy for speech. These services will be available at rehab facilities daily or most of the week depending on the therapist's’ availability. There will be expert nursing care all day and night to assist you.
With several options to choose from in the Plano area, you will certainly have choices for your rehab care. Below are some highly recommended facilities based on ratings from SeniorAdvisor.com:
Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center supports a senior's return to the highest quality of life through physical, occupational, and speech therapy services.
Heritage Manor delivers intensive rehabilitation treatment to aid patients with regaining strength, function, and mobility to safely return home. They also provide physician monitoring 24/7.
Life Care Center of Plano is located near the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano and also beside the Medical Center of Plano. U.S. News & World Report named them one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes.”
Your doctor will also provide you with recommendations and suggestions on facilities that offer the care that works best for you and your condition.
Asking for referrals and advice from others is an excellent source of honest feedback, and be sure to review online assessments. You want the facility to be clean. If you can, tour the facilities to meet the staff since you will be interacting with them on a daily basis. You want a warm and an inviting staff to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The most important thing to check is that the facility accepts Medicare or is Medicaid-certified.
Medicare does cover skilled nursing care with the conditions below:
Medicare Part A covers this stay, so you need this coverage with days available in your benefit period.
You will also need to be admitted to the hospital for three consecutive days (not including the day you were admitted).
The medical condition will need to require rehab services for facilities which can be prescribed by your doctor.
Check that the facility does accept Medicare. Be aware that Medicare does not cover some services. Review your recovery plan with your doctor, so you don’t have any surprise expenses. If you don’t qualify for Medicare, check out long-term care insurance or Medicaid to cover this care.
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