Choosing a Rehabilitation Setting
What is a rehabilitation facility?
When talking about rehabilitation facilities, you may hear the terms skilled nursing or sub-acute rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and acute rehabilitation units. To select a care facility for a loved one all of those may seem like equal choices for where to go next after a hospital stay, but they’re not. Each of those choices has rehab professionals on staff, but only one of the choices specializes in rehabilitation – the acute rehabilitation unit. The acute rehabilitation unit offers 24-hour nursing care along with intensive rehabilitation therapies. You must meet certain admission criteria to qualify for care in an acute rehab setting.
How should someone make a decision on a facility, especially if they are making a decision for a loved one?
The key is to review your facility choices based on the injury or illness and what kind of rehab is required.
How is the level of care different in a rehabilitation unit?
Because rehabilitation is the primary focus, acute rehabilitation units, such as Three Rivers Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, provide a level of care distinctly different from other facilities that offer rehabilitation services as one of many service lines. This benefits the patient because the skill and experience of the nurses and therapists is usually more specialized and can make a difference in the patient’s outcome.
What services does an acute rehabilitation unit provide?
Inpatient rehabilitation units offer more intensive therapy services beyond the traditional physical, occupational, and speech therapies. They also provide specialty services that can benefit the patient both in the inpatient setting as well as in the outpatient setting.
Are there specialists at a rehabilitation facility?
Yes. Inpatient rehab units provide physician specialists (physiatrists) with expertise in treating patients with disabling injuries or illnesses. Therapy and nursing staff are also specially trained to treat patients with acute rehab needs.
What distinguishes a highly trained nurse or therapist?
Education, years of experience, innovative therapy techniques, and dedication are many of the components that make up a highly trained nurse or therapist.
Besides the staff, what should someone look for in a facility?
When selecting a facility, if time permits, it’s important to take a tour. The loved one and family members will be spending several days or weeks at the facility so it’s important to feel comfortable. By visiting, you can get a sense of staff members’ responses, compassion for patient dignity, and just an overall feel for the hospital. You may also want to ask about the longevity of staff and the staff’s licensing, certifications, and credentials.
Is the location of a rehab facility important?
It can be, but getting the best care available is more important. Sometimes people are fortunate to have a great rehabilitation hospital in their hometown, so the commute is short. Other times, they have to drive a distance to be a part of the program. Having the best care possible during a life event can be worth the short time the commute is necessary.
Three Rivers Health Inpatient Rehab. 701 S. Health Parkway. Three Rivers, MI 49093