Rehabilitative Care – Know the Difference
Skilled nursing, nursing homes, assisted living centers, acute rehabilitation hospitals.
If you’re looking for a rehabilitation facility, these options may all see the same – but they’re not.
While all the aforementioned facilities have rehabilitation professionals on staff, only one – the rehabilitation hospital – specializes only in rehabilitation.
A rehabilitation hospital is required to offer a multidisciplinary team approach that includes 24-hour rehabilitative nursing care, physician management of patients, and at least 3 hours daily or 15 hours a week of rehabilitative therapies. This is not required of other rehabilitative programs.
A national study shows that patients treated at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals achieve better results in shorter amounts of time. On average, patients:
- Return home sooner
- Remain home longer
- Have fewer hospital readmissions and ER visits
- Live longer
So, when you’re considering a rehabilitative program for you or a loved one, be sure you explore and understand your options.