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Q: What is a short-term rehab stay, and what is involved?

Posted September 11, 2013 in Advice Column, Greene County

A: A short-term rehab stay is an admission into a rehabilitation facility for the purpose of returning a patient to his or her optimum level of physical function. After rehab, the patient would return home.

Rehab is needed after various surgeries, including hip or knee replacement. Rehab may also be needed for recovery from pneumonia, the flu or other illnesses, for strengthening. A short-term rehab stay could range from 14 days to 100 days.

A short-term rehab stay doesn’t have to take place in a hospital. Many facilities, like Regency Park, not only provide long-term care, but are also fully equipped to the provide rehab therapies for rehabilitation in a more home-like environment. A short-term rehab stay primarily involves physical therapy and occupational therapy. Physical therapy focuses on the major motor functions such as walking, bending, climbing stairs or transferring. Occupational therapy helps with the smaller motor skills of opening doors, bathing, cooking, opening cans, using scissors  and many other practical motions most of us take for granted. After a person chooses a surgeon, the next choice is which rehab facility. Research shows that outcomes are better and a recovery is faster in a rehab setting by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to your health. This is done in conjunction with specialty nursing training, leading-edge rehabilitation expertise with exceptionally trained therapists and aids, weekly team conferencing and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment and technology.

Information provided by Toni Linberg, director of marketing, Regency Park Nursing and Rehab, 100 Ram Drive, Jefferson, (515) 386-4107.

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