Entering a nursing rehabilitation center no longer holds the stigma it once did. In the past, older people feared nursing home placement thinking it was the “end of the line.” Today, nothing could be farther from the truth!
Nursing and rehabilitations centers have become highly specialized healthcare facilities. Knowledgeable and versed in the special needs of older patients, these facilities specialize in short-term care with one goal in mind: returning the patient back home.
As the body ages, a longer time is needed to recover when injury occurs, or after surgery. It simply takes longer to become fully mobile again when a trauma is suffered. Rehabilitation facilities specialize in this type of care. Falls resulting in injury are a common reason why the elderly need rehabilitation. Falls happen to over one-third of all people over the age of 65, and that percentage increases as people age. Entering a nursing and rehabilitation center after an injurious fall helps the person become stronger and ready to return home. Therapists teach techniques for fall prevention. Falls can be devastating but do not have to occur with the right preventative training.
Another reason for admission into nursing and rehabilitation facility is the worsening of a chronic condition, or recovery from an acute illness. Many times, chronic illness can be well managed without warning flare-up causing complications. Chronic illness can quickly turn to acute illness if left unmonitored and untreated.
Four Rehabilitation Tips
If you or a loved is entering rehabilitation, embarking this new adventure can appear to be a challenge. However, preparation can make the challenge seem a little less daunting. These four tips for a successful rehabilitation stay may make the difference between “tolerating a stay” and actually enjoying a stay:
- Dress for success. Be prepared with comfortable clothing that allows the body to move freely without restriction. Loose fitting clothes with elastic waistbands are best for this purpose. Footwear such as sneakers or comfortable rubber soled shoes is ideal for walking and dynamic movement.
- Ask for help when trying to get up or walk. Do not assume that once on your feet you will remain on your feet. Falls occur quickly in many cases and without warning.
- Rest after each therapy or exercise session. The main goal of attending a rehabilitation facility is to get stronger. The body needs to recover and the only way to do that is with rest.
- Try to meet other patients that are focused on returning home. Meeting people with similar goals will help to provide a support network. Find inspiration in the success of others while acting as a source of inspiration for others.
Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) offer safety and security during the day, as well as a wide variety of clinical and healthcare services. This level of care meets the needs of people that could be in a care facility but are well enough to live in the community with support and assistance.
Enrolling in a PACE program offers many benefits from a medical management standpoint. Access to physicians and other clinicians in a setting that provides supervision and safety is the primary reason why participants enroll. The benefits of the recreational activities are why participants stay.
To learn more about Beacon of Life services or to refer a participant to our facility, click here to contact us or call 732-592-3400.