After a serious illness or surgery, you or your loved one is most likely not ready to go home, and this is where short-term rehab helps you build back your strength and get you back on your feet. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities offer these services to recover from heart attack, stroke, surgery, or other serious illness. At these facilities, patients receive daily care and services through various therapists to assist with recovery. Here is what you should look for in a rehab facility along with information on Medicare coverage.
After your hospital stay, you will need to regain strength and mobility to return home. These services have a variety of names including short-term, transitional, or post-acute rehab. Before you enter, the rehab staff will assess your current medical state and then work with your doctor to create a daily plan for your recovery.
Each approach is different and based on the individual’s needs. A stroke patient will need additional services that a knee-replacement patient needs. For example, the stroke patient will most likely need speech therapy. Knee and hip replacement patients will need assistance to ease pain from surgery and to get their mobility back. Patients have access to these different types of therapy daily or several times a week to aid in healing.
There are options for you to choose from in the Scottsdale-area. Here are some of the top-rated facilities according to SeniorAdvisor.com:
Pueblo Norte Senior Living works with you on your medical and overall well-being needs. You will be guided through the recovery process with state-of-the-art medical equipment and an expert team of therapists, while you are comfortable.
The Gardens of Scottsdale makes you feel that you get the nursing along with feeling at home. You will receive skilled nursing care in an environment that focuses on your health and your well-being.
Desert Flower offers short-term stays with all the privacy, assistance, and therapy you need to recover.
Your surgeon or physician can provide you with recommendations on facilities that specialize in the care you need. Also, ask around for referrals. Online reviews can also be helpful to help you select your rehab center.
You want to make sure you pick the best possible rehab center for your care. Start by asking others who have used these services and find out about their experiences. Another important detail to check is that the center is clean and has good inspection record with the state. You will also need to determine if Medicare or Medicaid covers this facility.
Medicare does cover skilled nursing care as long as the conditions below are met:
Medicare Part A covers this stay. Be sure to check that you have this coverage and days are available for this benefit period.
You must be a patient in the hospital for three consecutive days, not including the day you were admitted. Your medical condition, illness, or surgery must require rehab services. Your physician will have to prescribe rehab.
Most importantly, check that the facility is Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified. Medicare may not cover all services you need, so be sure to ask your doctor since you will have to pay for these expenses. If you don’t qualify for Medicare, long-term care insurance or Medicaid may cover some or all of the costs during this visit.
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