If you’ve been hospitalized for an injury, surgery or illness, you’ll likely need follow-up therapy to help you recover.
This therapy, known as post-acute rehabilitation services, can be a critical step to help you transition from the hospital to home as safely as possible.
Post-acute rehab — sometimes known as rehab therapy, inpatient therapy, subacute or transitional care — is care you receive following a hospitalization.
Post-acute rehab usually focuses on speech, physical and occupational therapies.
The goal of post-hospital therapies is to help you regain lost function — or learn compensation tactics specific to your needs — so you can return to everyday life as safely as possible.
As you consider your rehab therapy options, keep these three things in mind:
1. You have the right to choose where you go.
Your doctor may have some recommendations, but don’t be afraid to research on your own, or ask to go to a different location.
If you have Medicare coverage, there are some designations for where post-acute rehab can take place. Nursing homes, rehab centers and long-term care hospitals can offer this care, as can home health agencies.
Post-acute rehab is available to people of all ages in various settings. Be sure to check with your insurance and Medicare policies about coverage for your post-hospital care.
Some post-acute rehab programs focus solely on the therapy program. At the Good Samaritan Society, we also focus on making you feel as comfortable, welcome and encouraged as possible during your recovery.
No matter where you choose to go, you should feel in control of the process.
2. Your therapy program should be about you.
If you have specific tasks you want to be able to do again, or if you’re hesitant about a particular exercise, let your therapists know.
A good post-acute rehab team will make sure your therapy program matches your needs, and talk you through the reasons for each exercise.
You might feel overwhelmed and have many questions after you leave the hospital. Your therapists have the skills and experience to provide you with answers.
But you are the most important team member. Your wants, needs and fears should be acknowledged and respected.
3. Finding the right therapists to help you is just as important as where you go for therapy.
Regaining your strength can be challenging. You may feel frustrated or exhausted along the way.
Choose a post-acute rehab team that offers you patience and compassion, but also pushes you to reach your goals.
At the Good Samaritan Society, we don’t think therapy should be “one size fits all.”
Your post-acute therapy program will be created just for you. With us, your individual goals — physical, emotional and spiritual — are our goals, too.
We’ll do everything we can to help you recover as quickly and comfortably as possible, with all the support you need.
As you recover, you want to know what steps are next and how you’re progressing. A good therapy team will encourage you, listen to your frustrations and cheer your successes every step of the way.
Knowing your options, and what to look for when it comes to post-acute rehab, can help you get back to where you want to be: home.