Short Term Rehabilitation

Reasons To Consider Short Term Rehabilitation

Short term rehabilitation facilities play an important role in providing care and services for those who do not require long term therapy and rehabilitation, but are not yet in a position to resume their normal daily activities. Short term rehabilitation can take place in a facility similar to an assisted living facility, by visits to a clinic, or through at-home visitations by trained care givers.

An In-Between Process - At one extreme, a person may have to experience an extended hospital stay after treatment or surgery for a disease or to recover from trauma. At the other extreme, the patient can be released, go home, and recover quite well without assistance. In between there are those instances where a patient requires a degree of rehabilitation, but only for the short term during or immediately following recovery. Short term rehabilitation is also referred to as sub-acute rehabilitation and in general means a patient is capable of getting by from day to day more or less normally, but does require some assistance in one or more areas.

Short term rehabilitation may involve physical therapy, required to regain mobility after a hip fracture, or even following a mild stroke. Short term rehabilitation is quite common among people who have undergone open heart surgery. Such rehabilitation is usually initiated by visits to the patient in their homes, followed by cardiac rehabilitation program sessions at the hospital or at a participating health and fitness center. For some, short term rehab may involve primarily occupational therapy, designed to help a patient reenter the workplace at the earliest feasible time.

Many times short term rehab focuses on changing a person's lifestyle for the better, with the emphasis often being on nutrition, helping the patient design and follow a diet which will bring with it improving and maintainable health and wellness. Many of the things taught in these sessions are things which the patient will willingly accept, but may not have thought of without outside help.

Upbeat, Positive Thinking Facilities - Something most facilities providing short term rehabilitation will stress, is their intent to help their patients regain their independence to the fullest extent possible, and in doing so preserve their dignity while assisting them in reaching their greatest potential given their situation. These facilities usually are staffed by doctors and or nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical professionals trained in geriatric treatment, certified caregivers, and nutritional experts, with access to medical specialists as needed.

A highly rated facility can be expected to have an upbeat atmosphere in which patients can look forward to much more than simply spending their days in a recovery room while in the process of healing. A patient a rehabilitation facility will usually be kept as busy as possible, or as busy as their condition will allow, all in the spirit of getting well and getting on with their lives as soon as possible. This type of a facility, if properly run, will be one in which a patient generally enjoys his or her stay, as would often be the case with an assisted living facility, but unfortunately is not always the case with a nursing home.

Patients Can And Should Help Themselves - While therapy sessions may involve several resident patients, they will out of necessity tend to be highly individualistic, as patients in rehabilitation rarely improve or recover at the same rate. From a psychological perspective, patients are usually encouraged to take an active interest in their rehabilitation process to the extent they are more than willing to increasingly become more and more involved in self care.

While there may not be a short term rehabilitation facility in your immediate area, there are numerous facilities scattered throughout the country, and most hospitals should be able to help someone requiring rehabilitation find a facility or program that will meet their needs.