Getting the Most out of Your Short-Term Rehabilitation Stay

Elizabeth (Betsy) Cupitt, RN, Director of Nursing at Bryn Mawr Terrace in Bryn Mawr, Pa., says, “Today’s model of health care is such that many people are discharged from the hospital before they’re ready to successfully return home. Frequently, additional time, support and care are needed for them to recuperate fully from an illness, surgery or accident. 

“For this reason, many post-hospital patients are now benefitting significantly from continuing their rehabilitation in leading short-term rehabilitation centers such as RenewAll Short-Term & Medically Complex Care at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Because of the high cost of inpatient hospital care, short-term rehab centers offer a less expensive recovery setting as well as a more relaxed and comfortable environment, highly personalized care and tasty, nutritious meals.

How to Select a Short-Term Rehab Center that’s Right for You

Betsy adds, “As you prepare for surgery and consider available rehabilitation options, there are several factors worth considering to assure that your recovery experience is pleasant, accommodating and productive. Most importantly, you’ll want to choose a center that has a strong reputation for results that can provide you with the greatest chances for a successful outcome. For example, Bryn Mawr Terrace has a 5-Star Rating from Medicare for both ‘Quality Measures’ and ‘Overall Rating.’”

Medicare, the American Hospital Association and other expert sourcessuggest a variety of important items to consider when choosing post-hospital short-term rehab care. For example:

  • Certification by Medicare/Medicaid
  • Specialized services and expertise in the type of post-hospital care you require such as cardiac rehab, stroke rehab and orthopedic care
  • High quality patient recovery outcomes using national standards (e.g. Medicare quality ratings)
  • High patient satisfaction levels
  • A full-time Registered Nurse (RN) in the center at all times
  • Multiple insurance plans are accepted
  • Personalized care plans
  • A clean and attractive environment
  • Social engagement activities
  • A choice of nutritious food items for each meal
  • Family-friendly visiting hours
  • Outdoor areas for patient use when the weather is warm
  • Quiet areas where patients can visit with friends and family

Tips for Maximizing Your Recovery Experience

In addition to selecting a reputable short-term rehabilitation center that offers the best chance for a full and speedy recovery, there are personal considerations to keep in mind that will also contribute to the quality of your experience and a positive outcome. Tips for increasing your rehab experience includes:

  • Be your own best advocate. If you have questions or do not understand something regarding your rehab plan, be sure to ask your care team about it.
  • Actively participate with your care team in discussing and setting your rehab and recovery goals.
  • Let your care team know if you are experiencing pain. Some discomfort is normal when you are rehabbing after a surgery or injury and using muscles that you haven’t used in a while. However if the pain seems abnormal, alert your team.
  • Think positive! Enjoy your time to relax and recover. Also, try to visualize yourself being fully recovered and back at home doing all the things you enjoy. Having a positive attitude about your rehabilitation is important.
  • Take advantage of the highly nutritious meals you are served. Good nutrition is also very important to your recovery – and something you should continue when you return home.
  • Invite your family to visit you often for support and encouragement as well as for them to receive updates from your care team. Leading post-hospital rehabilitation centers have family-friendly visiting policies. 
  • Be sure you follow your care team’s instructions after you return home regarding what you should and should not do. This will help you to achieve the best results possible.

Providing Successful Recoveries and Safe Returns Home 

The Bryn Mawr Terrace RenewAll program has been developed specifically to support successful recoveries and safe, timely returns to home. RenewAll balances medical management and physical rehabilitation to treat a wide variety of medical and post-surgical recovery needs.

We take an interdisciplinary team approach to delivering care, which includes a variety of medical professionals, such as a Medical Director experienced in geriatrics; registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants; certified physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietary and nutrition specialists and more – an approach that supports optimal quality and outcomes.

Our team of specialists develops personalized, comprehensive recovery plans that are designed to meet each resident’s individual needs. The plans are then delivered on a one-on-one basis, focusing on measurable outcomes. Working closely with our patients and their families, we provide a smooth and safe transition from hospital to health to home.

Says Betsy, “If you choose your short-term rehab provider well and take advantage of the services and amenities available to you, you can get the most out of your recovery experience and achieve the outcome you want. Here at Bryn Mawr Terrace, we excel at getting people from hospital to health to home.”

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A Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make 24-hour care and support a necessity. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we’re always here for you and your family. Our compassionate, professional team treats our residents as family and respects each of them as the individuals they are, all with their own unique life story.

We understand that each one of our residents has unique needs and desires, so we deliver personalized care and services that are tailored to each individual. The amenities and activities offered within our community are designed to keep our residents happy, fulfilled and living well. From delicious dining to a variety of social programming, we offer a lifestyle that’s meant to be lived!

Located near Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Terrace – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has provided exceptional care and services to seniors and their families since 1966. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Today, Bryn Mawr Terrace serves as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering a range of services – including short-term rehabilitationtraditional nursing careindependent living, personal carememory carerestorative care and respite care – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing. For more information on Bryn Mawr Terrace and our variety of needs-based lifestyle services, please call us at (610) 525-8300 or contact us online.

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