5 Tips on Navigating Rehab after a Hospital Stay
If your senior family member is in the hospital following a serious illness, injury, or surgery, the next likely step is therapy in a rehabilitation center. Therapy is essential to ensure seniors regain their strength and independence. However, the hospital discharge planner may ask you to make multiple decisions quickly, which catches families off guard. Even if your loved one had a short hospital stay, you’re left with dozens of questions: Here are a few guidelines to smooth the transition.
What is Rehab?
The primary goal of rehabilitation is to regain independence. If your family member has had a hip or knee replacement, for example, they will need to perform exercises to be able to walk again. Make sure the nursing home prioritizes rehabilitation. “The only way our residents will get better is if we make therapy fun and encourage residents to complete their daily regimen,” says Jobert Macas, head of Treemont Health Care Center’s therapy group. “Often our residents don’t realize what they’re doing is actually therapy. We use our creativity to make sure they complete their exercises so they can get better.”
How do I choose a rehab center?
Rehabilitation is offered either in an inpatient setting or outpatient basis:
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), such as Treemont Health Care Center, offer intensive, 24/7 nursing and therapy in an inpatient setting. Patients who put their trust in skilled therapists and nurses have a positive team of professionals encouraging them every day. If they’re home alone who’s going to push them to do one more rep?
- Home Health therapy allows patients to return home, where they will receive visits from physical and/or occupational therapists up to three times a week. Outside those visits, patients and families are responsible for providing or arranging for care.
- Outpatient therapy is provided in a medical office setting and requires transportation to and from scheduled appointments.
How do I pay for rehab?
It’s important to understand whether medical insurance will pay for all or just a portion of rehab costs. Treemont is a Medicare-certified SNF. Traditional Medicare benefits include up to 100 inpatient days, meaning your relative has to have been in the hospital for three days, not just “under observation.” Call Treemont staff to explain the coverage provided by your relative’s Medicare/Advantage plan.
How do I ensure a quality outcome?
Multiple studies show the benefits of inpatient physical therapy over in-home care. A 2017 study published in Orthopedic Nursing found that patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty took an average of 20 days longer to hit therapy benchmarks with home healthcare compared to inpatient physical therapy.
What should I know about the staff?
The team at Treemont get people back to doing what they love. “I went to Treemont Healthcare after knee replacement,” said Vivian. “The physical therapy staff is unbelievable. They make PT fun. When I came back home to my Treemont Independent Living apartment, my transition was easy.”
What are the benefits of Treemont’s Continuum of Care Campus?
A stay at Treemont doesn’t have to end when rehab is complete. Treemont provides multiple care levels on one scenic campus — independent living, therapy/home care in one’s apartment, and assisted living.
Let Treemont Health Care Center ensure a seamless transition from hospital to rehab to home for your family member. Come by for a tour, call Admissions Director Marion Hattix at 713-783-4100, or visit www.Treemont.com. Treemont is in the Memorial area at 2501 Westerland Drive.