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Once a patient has completed his stay in a hospital the next step is to decide whether he is capable of living at home or will require a skilled rehabilitation facility. At times recovery at home can be too slow and the patient may need a specialized follow up care facility.
The option to return back home or not should be based on a few factors, such as the ones mentioned below:
- Can the person get the care needed by friends, family, or other caregivers?
- Can the person move to or from the bed without much assistance?
- Is the person mobile enough to walk to the bathroom and come back?
- Can the person go up and down the stairs independently, if necessary?
- Can the patient make food and feed on his own?
- Can the patient stay self reliant or is more assistance required?
Apart from these, other elements that come into play are the patient’s illnesses, the patient’s ability to perform important tasks such as; taking medicines, tending to wounds, and the like. Depending on such factors a rehabilitation service can help with post acute care.
When it comes to recovery after an injury or an illness, skilled rehabilitation facilities are a clear winner compared to other settings. A skilled rehab is equipped with all sorts of gadgets to facilitate the recovery of the patients. In fact, experts believe that recovery is faster and outcomes are better because nursing homes offer the highest standards of services and care when compared with assisted living centers. For instance, they are equipped with:
- Qualified physicians
- Collaborative, multidisciplinary teams
- Leading-edge rehab experts
- Specialty nursing training
- Exceptionally trained therapists
- Top of the line therapy gyms and rehab technology
However, before choosing a Pulmonary rehabilitation home, the family of the patient must visit these homes located in the area to see if they are clean, if they have any unwanted odors, whether they are staffed properly and in general have a good reputation. These facilities should be more than just nursing homes. They must offer physical therapy and care for older people, along with people of other ages who might be experiencing the same situation where they may no longer be able to care for themselves.
One of the most prominent names in restorative and rehabilitative care is Adams County Manor. The facility offers high-quality care in a very hospitable and comfortable living environment for senior citizens. The experts here take a very holistic approach wherein they consider all kinds of social, medical and emotional needs of the patient. The goal is to create a setting and plan where the patient can achieve and uphold highest degree of independence.