Preparing for Rehabilitation

Rehab: What You Should Know.

If you’re being sent to rehab after undergoing surgery or after ending a long hospital stay — which is clinically referred to as sub-acute rehabilitation — then here are a few helpful things you should know. These “prehab” tips will familiarize you with the process and help you make the most of your rehabilitation therapy experience.

Pre-Booking is a Good Idea

A pre-booking tour is a good way to choose the right facility, to know your financial and insurance options upfront — especially, regarding Medicare, which can often be tricky — and to facilitate the discharge process. Consult with your hospital discharge planner, with your physician, and with any family members and friends, as well, about making a facility recommendation. Above all, choose a facility known for its commitment to clinical excellence.

Questions You Should Ask

When evaluating potential facilities, be sure to ask the following questions. Will they accommodate any special equipment your doctor says you need? Who are the primary physicians that will care for you during your stay, and will that care include any specialty consultations? Can this facility meet any special dietary needs you may have? Are there amenities available to enhance your stay?

Evaluation Upon Admission

A team of healthcare professionals, preferably an interdisciplinary team, should be designated by the facility to customize your plan of care and to frame treatment goals. This team should be comprised of your primary care physician, nursing staff, case managers or social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and any specialty physicians that may be required.

Length of Your Rehab Stay

The duration of time your rehabilitation therapy should take is determined by various factors, including physician’s orders, recovery rates (which vary per individual), and frequency and intensity of the therapy itself. In terms of how many hours of actual rehab you can expect to receive: Every plan of care is unique, and is customized by case, condition and individual.

Arranging Help to Get Home

Making arrangements for getting home is part of the discharge planning process, which actually begins upon admission. The facility will assign a case manager or social worker to your case. He or she will go over your treatment plan goals along with you and your interdisciplinary care team and, together, they will project a potential discharge date. Any medical equipment or home services you may need will be determined and arranged for at that time, as well as arranging for safe transport back to your home. Prior to discharge, the nursing staff will review your case and reconcile that all treatment was administered as planned.

Everyone here at The Bristal wishes you or your loved one great success with any pending rehabilitation treatment.