Short-term rehab resident works with therapist

If you or a loved one is hospitalized for a surgical procedure, injury or an acute illness, your medical team may recommend short-term rehab, or rehabilitation, before returning home. Rehab helps patients regain all or some of the movement or function they lost due to health issues or surgery, such as a hip replacement or recovering from a serious illness and experience deconditioning. 

The term “Short Term Rehab” or “Short Term Rehabilitation Services” can evoke images of post surgical gym equipment and repetitive movements designed to build strength and stamina at a time when that may be the last thing you feel like doing. Motivation may be low and envisioning a new or even better self may be hard to do. But the reality is – if you or your loved one will need help after surgery or is in need of improved fitness or speech therapy,  Short Term Rehab is exactly what you need!

When You are Ready for Discharge…

The transition from hospital to rehab is often done quickly. A discharge planner in the hospital (usually a nurse or social worker) will provide a list of appropriate rehab settings for your particular situation. Patients and families are then asked to choose which subacute or short term rehab facility they prefer. 

The question is – “How do you know which facility will be the best for you?” 

Look for a Culture of Wellness

Most competent rehab facilities will have access to quality rehab services. They include:

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical Therapy is designed to help patients who have problems in moving, balance, walking and performing other physical activities. When there are specific, treatable reasons for a mobility issue, a physical therapist can help with adaptive techniques such as learning to use an artificial limb (prosthesis), or recommend and fit for shoe inserts, wheelchairs and other adaptive devices.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is focused on helping patients gain independence with self care and other daily tasks such as getting dressed, tying shoes, using the telephone and other adaptive devices that aid in everyday practical functions.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is centered on helping patients who have suffered brain injury, possibly because of stroke, accidental injury or other reason. Patients may also need to  relearn language skills. Expressive language, or spoken word comes to mind. But speech therapists also assist patients with written expression, word recognition and other basic forms of communication. 

Sometimes the mechanical reasons for language deficits also create problems with swallowing. Speech therapists can evaluate a patient’s ability to drink liquids and swallow food safely. Should assistance be required a therapist can devise a plan to help patients relearn to eat and swallow safely.

A truly exceptional rehab service will go beyond the basics to develop a culture of wellness where patients can enjoy meaningful personalized therapies. 

Chandler Hall Partners with HealthPRO Heritage

Chandler Hall has partnered with HealthPRO Heritageto deliver wellness programming that is dynamic, multidimensional and leverages a team approach to treat the whole patient – body, mind and spirit. 

Six Tenets of Health

Each patient’s care plan incorporates the six tenets of health that address the whole patient. Each tenet assists in the patient’s recovery whether it be from a joint replacement or recovery from a brain injury or other traumatic event.

These include:

  • Spiritual
  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social and
  • Vocational aspects of health

A full recovery comes from belief in yourself and your care team, an understanding of the disorder and treatment plan, an accurate evaluation of a patient’s abilities and capabilities, a supportive care team, a caring circle of friends and family and a highly trained and professional team of therapists.

Rehab isn’t just physical. It is also an emotional experience. Add to that an element of fear, uncertainty and anecdotal stories from friends and family and you find out quickly that it is imperative to trust your care team.

Providing the basic therapies should really just be the beginning of patient treatment. Treating the whole patient should be the goal.

Ask This One Question

When making the final decision about which rehab program is right for you or your loved one, ask yourself this one question: “Will this program really take the time to understand me and my goals?”.  

If you ask that question of anyone at Chandler Hall, the answer will be “Yes!”

Contact Patty Curry today at 267-291-2304 to learn more about our Short Term Rehab program or click below and find out how we can get you on the pathway to wellness.

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