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Planning for Your Short-Term Rehab Stay

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Following an elective surgery such as a hip or knee replacement, your doctor may suggest you stay in a short-term rehab center to continue your recovery. Most rehabilitation centers will allow you to pre-book a room, giving you the opportunity to plan your stay well in advance. Be informed about your short-term rehab visit with these helpful tips.  

What to expect

Rehabilitation is a highly personalized matter. In a short-term rehabilitation center, a team of nurses, therapists, and physicians work together to create a tailored treatment plan for each patient. Depending on your individual needs, you may require therapy treatments such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Many short-term rehabilitation centers also provide additional services such as medication management, nutrition and dietary guidance, and even transportation to doctor’s appointments.  

What to bring

As you prepare for your short-term rehab stay, you may be wondering what to pack. Since you will be doing recovery exercises each day, therapists recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing and shoes with non-skid rubber soles, such as running shoes. You can also bring books, puzzles, or other activities to enjoy in your downtime. Many short-term rehab centers are designed to be a “home away from home” and feature amenities such as on-campus beauty salons and dining options.

Transitioning back home

The ultimate goal of short-term rehabilitation is to ensure older adults regain their independence and return home safely. Many rehabilitation centers offer at-home rehab care and outpatient rehab services so older adults can continue their therapy exercises even after their short-term stay is over.

As you prepare, consider taking a tour of the senior rehabilitation centers in your area and reserving your short-term rehab stay in advance. Planning your rehabilitation stay ahead of time can give you and your family peace of mind before, during, and after your surgery.

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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