What to Look for When Choosing Short-Term Rehabilitation

Because of the way hospitals and health insurers operate today, many patients who have had an illness, accident or surgery are discharged before they are ready and able to return home safely. As a result, more people are choosing short-term rehabilitation services to bridge the gap and receive the care and support they need to transition successfully from hospital to health to home.

Providing Successful Rehabilitation and Safe Returns Home

Says Colleen Dwyer, Executive Director and Administrator of Bryn Mawr Terrace in Bryn Mawr, PA, “Today, short-term rehabilitation provides an ideal solution for those needing additional time, support and rehabilitative care to recover to the point where they can safely return to their homes.” 

“At Bryn Mawr Terrace, our RenewAll Short-Term & Medically Complex Care program has been developed specifically to support your successful rehabilitation and recovery after a hospital stay. RenewAll balances medical management and physical rehabilitation provided by licensed medical professionals to treat a variety of conditions and needs including joint replacement, post-surgical recovery, cardiopulmonary disease and stroke.

“We use an interdisciplinary team approach that consists of a medical director, physical, occupational and speech therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, 24-hour nursing care, dietary and nutrition specialists, discharge planners and social workers. Working together, these professionals develop and implement an individualized rehabilitation plan for each person that provides optimal quality and measurable medical outcomes for a smooth return home.”

Tips on What to Look for When Choosing Short-Term Rehabilitation 

If you will be entering the hospital and will require additional care to fully recover after you are discharged, it is important to know that not all short-term rehabilitation services are the same. Therefore, you should evaluate your short-term rehab options carefully based on what rehabilitation experts say are the most important criteria. 

Weighing these key factors can help you choose a short-term rehabilitation program that’s best for you. For example: 

  • Is the rehabilitation center licensed and certified? These are essential quality indicatorssobe sure the rehabilitation center you choose is licensed by the state and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Does the program offer all the services you need? Review the list of short-term rehabilitation services that each center offers as well as the conditions they treat to make sure the center you choose can meet all of your recovery needs. Examples include specialized knee and hip surgery rehabilitation and medical conditions such as stroke and cardiopulmonary disease.
  • Is the center staffed with a multidisciplinary team of licensed medical professionals? A high-quality short-term rehabilitation centerwill offer medical oversight for all services in the form of a medical director. The center should also have professionals in all key areas that are essential to your rehabilitation and recovery. These include physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapists, nutrition and dietary specialists, RNs, LPNs, certified nurse assistants, case managers and social workers.
  • Is the location convenient? Having the support of friends and family members is veryimportant for those receiving short-term rehabilitation. Regular contact and frequent visits can be uplifting emotionally and can actually assist in the physical and mental aspects of the recovery process. Therefore, try to select a short-term rehabilitation center that is conveniently located near family and friends to maintain those connections.
  • Do they accept your insurance plan? One of the first things to consider is whether your private insurance or Medicare coverage will be accepted. Being aware of your costs upfront makes planning for your rehabilitation easier.
  • Are you comfortable with the environment and ambiance? It is highly recommended that you take a tour of the short-term rehabilitation sites you are considering to check out the look and feel of each. This will give you an opportunity to assess the cleanliness, cheerfulness, physical surroundings, staff, amenities and general atmosphere of the centers you are considering.
  • Does the center have a good reputation in the community? Talk to your doctor or others who might be familiar with the center’s reputation for quality. Do the rehabilitation centers you are considering survey patients and family members to assess their satisfaction with the care? Some centers might also have received special recognitions for quality of care by community groups or government agencies.
  • Are family members encouraged to stay involved? Does the center communicate effectively with family members, welcome them to participate in the care planning process, and encourage their support throughout the person’s recovery and after their return home? This can be another important measure of quality since family members should always be respected as being instrumental in the person’s recovery and as advocates for their quality of care.

Colleen adds, “Following these expert tips can help you to choose the right short-term rehabilitation center for you or a loved one. If you have questions about short-term rehabilitation, we would be happy to answer them, as well as to discuss your specific needs and schedule a tour for you.” 

For more helpful senior living and senior care information, we invite you to read our monthly articles and tips on a variety of important senior health topics. We also welcome you to stop in for a tour to see for yourself why we’ve been rated “Best in Senior Care.”

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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 rehabilitation, traditional nursing care, independent living, personal care, memory care, restorative 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. 

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Bryn Mawr Terrace and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.


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