Rehabilitation means: to restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education. Rehabilitation can help restore functional independence and dignity.
Rehabilitation can be provided at many different levels - acute rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and long term acute hospitals. Educate yourself on the differences; ask questions; compare information in order to choose the appropriate level. These levels vary in cost, hours of therapy, physician coverage and length of stay. Not all Rehabilitation providers are the same. For example: Only Acute Rehabilitation Hospitals must provide a minimum of 3 hours of therapy 5 out of 7 days per week according to Medicare guidelines; all others have no minimum requirement and usually provide much less. Acute Rehabilitation providers are considered highly specialized when it comes to getting individuals back home and functioning within the community.
The rehabilitation team closely monitors a number of areas of concern for orthopedic injuries, including proper skin care for the surgery site. For orthopedic operations that require substantial range of motion therapy, such as knee replacement rehabilitation or hip replacement rehab, the team works to strengthen the surrounding muscles to improve movement and stability, and addresses ambulatory and lifestyle issues affected by the injury or surgery based on the patient’s individual needs. Patients—and their families—are taught how to compensate for the injury and also shown ways to attain maximum independence by managing the activities of daily life.
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