One common misconception about nursing homes is that once you move in, you are there for the long haul. Yet, the main reason a third of all tenants in nursing homes are there in any given year is for short-term rehabilitation, and they move out once they are ready to go home. If you ever need daily therapy or skilled nursing after an accident, illness, stroke, heart attack, or surgery, you or a family member may be one of those short-term nursing home residents. Below is info on how to pay for your stay, what to expect when your physician prescribes rehab, and what to look for in a rehab center.
Commonly referred to as short-term rehab, post-acute rehab, or transitional rehab, rehab centers share one goal: to get you or your loved one back in good enough form to continue living independently. They first assess your needs and condition. Then, a daily care plan is created based on this assessment.
Your care plan will be based on your needs. For instance, stroke survivors require speech therapy to recover speaking abilities, treatment for impaired muscle control and balance, and cognitive therapy. Hip and knee replacement patients will focus on strength, range of motion, post-operative pain management, and balance. Depending on when therapists are available, rehab patients get services up to seven times per week.
Rehabilitation services are provided by many assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Toronto. For example, the three best-rated Toronto senior communities on SeniorAdvisor.com supply rehab care:
Canterbury Place Retirement Residence has an empathetic and highly-skilled team of health care professional that are available at all hours of the day and night.
Beach Arms Retirement Residence provides rehab services that are designed to assist you in your recovery from surgery, injury, or illness.
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence is experienced, prepared, and dedicated to cater to each tenants’ requirements and necessities.
Your doctor, hospital social workers, or geriatrician may be able to provide you with rehab placement recommendations. In addition, you can get advice on quality rehab facilities from neighbors or friends who have gone through the same experience. Also, make a point of checking out online review sites to see what patients and their loved ones have to say about rehab centers you are interested in.
As with other senior living communities, the best rehab center will have a clean and well-kept facility, a great track record for provincial inspections, a friendly setting, and a good reputation among patients, their family members, and staffers.
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan will cover your short-term rehabilitation as long as your coverage is up to date, the rehab services are medically necessary, your doctor has ordered skilled rehab care, and the rehabilitation can only be provided on an inpatient basis. If your care does not meet all of these requirements, you still may be able to get coverage. Contact the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to learn more.
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