How to Find a Good Rehabilitation Facility
(ARA) - Nursing homes are often mistakenly thought of as places people are sent to live out their golden years when they can no longer take care of themselves, but they also serve another purpose. More and more these days, nursing homes -- or skilled nursing centers as they are now called -- serve as rehabilitation facilities for patients recovering from acute illnesses, injuries and surgery.
Most of the patients who end up in skilled nursing centers have had a decline in their medical condition brought on by a stroke, heart disease, hip or knee replacement or a fall. Most are alert and oriented but need help getting back to where they can care for themselves and live independently.
Depending on the ailment they are recovering from, typical short term stays at skilled nursing centers range from 10 to 40 days. During their stay, besides nursing care, patients receive the combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy they need. Physical therapy deals mostly with mobility. Occupational therapy deals with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation. Speech therapy deals with swallowing difficulties and cognitive issues.