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Advantages of choosing short-term care after a hospital stay

Understanding the difference between long-term and short-term care can be confusing since they often are offered in the same location. But there is a definite difference between the two. Long-term care is designed for people with chronic illness or a debilitating condition that requires continuous monitoring. Short-term care is temporary transitional care with a defined outcome.

As the name implies, short-term care is a limited time of healing with a goal of returning to an independent lifestyle. Although the desire to go home after a hospital stay is strong, it is not always the best choice.

Here are five crucial benefits of short-term care to consider:

Uninterrupted access to care

Short-term care means having round-the-clock access to care. If there is an unexpected complication or discomfort, there is always someone to help address the issue promptly. Instead of waiting to contact the doctor’s office and hoping for a response at home, concerns can be addressed as they occur. Knowing this level of care is available is important if recovery becomes challenging.

A road map for recovery

Staying in a short-term care facility provides access to a team of professionals who have a plan for your recovery. Everything from dietary needs to physical therapy is monitored and managed to keep you on the road to regaining your health.

On-site services

Another advantage of short-term care is that much-needed physical, occupational and speech therapies are provided every day of the week, including weekends. Plus, these therapies and many more services are just down a hallway. Instead of needing to travel to a different location for therapy or a wound check, many necessary services can be handled right where you are staying.

Time to focus on your health

When recovering at home, it can be challenging to focus solely on your health. Doing laundry, fixing meals or taking care of other household tasks are hard to ignore. When recovering in short-term care, it is easier to place your own needs at the top. Your meals, housekeeping and other issues are taken care of so your days can be focused on healing, regaining strength and resting.

Chance for shorter, more successful recovery

As with all things in life, when you give your all, the results are better. Many people find recovery is faster and more successful at a short-term care facility. Having all medical needs monitored along with therapy up to seven days a week is a prescription for getting back to regular life as quickly as possible.

Conditions that benefit from short-term care

Although short-term care is an option after most hospital stays, it is even more valuable after serious medical events like heart attacks or heart surgery. After a cardiac event, it is important to have close medical supervision while working on regaining strength. Having 24/7 assistance is important to assure a safe journey back to good health.

Stroke recovery also benefits from a short-term care stay. It is important to begin focused therapy as soon as possible to begin regaining function. If some abilities are affected permanently, occupational therapists step in to help develop methods of dealing with these shortcomings. The staff is experienced in coming up with adaptive ways to live independently and can share these strategies with patients.

Choosing short-term care after joint replacement can help shorten recovery and improve the outcome. Experienced therapists can guide patients through the rehabilitation process in a manner that reduces post-surgical complications or injuries. Targeted therapy can significantly improve the strength and range of motion for joint replacement.

Finding the best option

When looking for a short-term care facility, it is important to ask questions about the facility’s outcomes, average recovery time, Medicare rating and amenities. If possible, visit the facility to meet the staff and view the accommodations.

One short-term care option that has earned a reputation for excellent service is Whitehall of Deerfield. Whitehall of Deerfield has received Medicare’s highest rating in its five-star quality rating system of rehabilitation facilities and is accredited and certified by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading and most respected health care accrediting authority.

When it comes to expertise, Whitehall of Deerfield is one of the best. A clinical nurse liaison works with each guest to design a personalized plan of service. One-on-one therapy is provided seven days a week by the area’s top therapists in multiple specialized gyms, which allows each guest to get the individualized services they need. Whitehall’s Orthopedic Pavilion caters exclusively to those recovering from joint replacement and orthopedic surgery.

Whitehall of Deerfield also provides the strictest level of safety and infection control, offering you a short-term stay in its separate, infection-free, post-hospital wing with a specially trained dedicated staff.

Whitehall of Deerfield also provides facility-wide COVID-19 testing and ongoing patient and staff monitoring to ensure your health and safety. Plus, telehealth visits with physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are few post-hospital  rehabilitation centers that can match Whitehall of Deerfield’s ability to pamper its guests. Private, well-appointed rooms and suites feature world-class amenities, including concierge service, high-speed wireless internet,  daily delivery of Starbucks coffee and newspaper, in-room massage and dozens of cable channels with a 24-hour channel of newly released movies. Guests select meals from menus and enjoy in-room dining. There are also complimentary fresh-baked treats and ice cream available at an on-site ice cream parlor and coffee shop. Friends and family will find valet parking when they come to visit and a variety of inviting areas for spending time together.

See for yourself if a short-term stay at Whitehall of Deerfield answers all your needs by requesting a private tour. After meeting the team of professionals and seeing the luxurious surroundings, it will be clear that Whitehall of Deerfield is the ideal place for post-hospital, short-term rehabilitation.

To learn more about Whitehall of Deerfield  or to schedule a tour, visit whitehallofdeerfield.com or call 847-945-4600.

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