If you or a loved one has recently had surgery or suffered from an injury or illness, short-term rehab at a physical rehabilitation center is often the next step in getting back to the life you love. Yet because rehabilitation is such an important part of the recovery process, choosing the right center is key. It’s a decision that should neither be made in haste nor at the sole discretion of your doctor, discharge planner or social worker. You do have options; here’s how to choose the best physical rehabilitation center for you.
5 Tips for Choosing a Physical Rehabilitation Center
A rehab center’s reputation often speaks for itself so start here. If you’re being released from the hospital to rehab, consider the recommendation from the discharge planner or social worker. Also, ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Then check any and all online reviews you can find, as well as Medicare ratings using Nursing Home Compare which is a federal resource allowing you to search facilities in a given zip code.
2. Staff Ratio
It’s hard to imagine your individual needs will be met it you’re just one of the crowd at the rehab center. So inquire about the staff to patient ratio at each center in which you consider. Having caring, one-on-one attention can not only make a difference in your comfort but it can also help to maximize recovery and reduce re-hospitalizations.
3. Therapeutic Options
Not only is the number of staff important, those responsible for your care also need to have the expertise for your specific needs. Make sure the rehab center has a comprehensive array of therapeutic options and state-of-the-art equipment as well as knowledgeable and experienced staff that will create a personalized care plan for you.
4. The Extras
After a stay in the hospital, you don’t want to recover in a place that feels just as clinical. You want a warm, comfortable and private environment where you’ll feel at home, almost. Look for amenities such as private rooms and bathrooms, an array of dining, social and activity options as well as WiFi, computer access and laundry.
While short-term rehab stays typically last 21 days or less, it’s still important for family and friends to be able to visit to keep your spirits up, provide encouragement and give you a sense of ‘home.’ So look for rehab centers that aren’t too far away in order to make visits feasible. But keep in mind the most important consideration is the treatment which in some cases will overrule location based on what’s available in your area.
Find It All with The Rehab Center at Richfield Living
Located on the campus of our senior living community in Virginia, Richfield has a dedicated physical rehabilitation center that’s recognized locally and across Virginia for care and services. We offer the latest technology and a compassionate, experienced team to help you achieve recovery goals such as:
- Orthopedic rehabilitation for fractures, total joint replacements and cumulative trauma
- Post stroke rehabilitation
- Cardiopulmonary care
- Renal care
- Post-surgery recovery
- Gait recovery
We pride ourselves on having the team to provide one-on-one care without the assistance of techs or aides in a relaxed environment that features:
- Private rooms that offer a private bathroom with shower as well as a personal phone, safe and small refrigerator
- Meals made to order and delivered to your room or served in our café
- Flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi internet access, hair salon and personal laundry facilities
- A business center equipped with computers to help you remain connected
Our state-of-the-art rehab center includes a 2,500 square foot gym with a variety of strength and cardio equipment and HUR-brand fitness machines, and uniquely, a warm, saltwater therapy pool.
We even offer a Pre-Planning Program so those with scheduled elective procedures can prepare for their stay in advance for added peace of mind, as well as non-medical transport from the hospital upon request.
Perhaps the best way to make sure a physical rehabilitation center is right for you or your loved one is to see it for yourself. Schedule a tour today of The Rehab Center at Richfield Living to meet our therapists, nurses and support team, check out our accommodations and get your questions answered.