Nursing home residents are not only permanent residents. Nearly a third of nursing home patients are in nursing homes for short-term rehab needs to recover from illness, surgery, strokes, heart attacks, and more. Nursing homes provide the recommended therapy required for the road to recovery. Patients receive daily care and can work with a variety of therapists if needed. Your doctor may recommend or prescribe rehab to get you or your loved one in better physical condition to return home. 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 so that you can be well enough to go home. Services are called short-term, post-acute, or transitional, but all are the same. To enter these facilities, you will first need to get current medical state assessed. The rehab facility will then create a recovery plan to implement during your stay.
These plans are catered to each patient. A patient who just had surgery, such as a knee or hip replacement, will need to focus on getting your balance, a 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 most of the week depending on the therapist's availability.
With several options to choose from in the Tempe area, you have choices for your rehab care. Below are some recommended facilities from SeniorAdvisor.com:
Winchester Senior Living offers short-term rehab and shares your goal of a successful recovery; it was rated as a top-rated facility in 2016.
Clare Bridge of Tempe provides care 24/7 and makes their patients as comfortable as possible. A licensed physician works with each patient to create the best rehabilitation plan to regain independence in a safe, caring environment.
Friendship Village Tempe uses a warm and tender approach to restoring patients back to independence. They offer all therapy (physical, occupational, and speech) along with primary care doctors, nurses, and social services to get you back on your feet.
Your doctor will have recommendations on facilities that offer the care that works best for you. Be sure to ask for referrals from friends, family, and neighborhoods. You can also see reviews online.
Asking for referrals and advice from others is a great source of information. 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:
Medicare Part A covers this stay, and you need this coverage and days available for this timeframe.
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 have to require rehab services which can be prescribed by your doctor.
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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