How a short-term care facility can help you recover better
Being discharged from the hospital after a medical event or surgery doesn’t always mean you can return to an active lifestyle. There often has to be a period of healing and regaining strength. Countless patients have found that choosing to recover in a short-term care facility can improve and shorten this recovery time. Here are some things to consider when making recovery decisions.
Some situations make recovery at home challenging
Recovery is different for everyone, but when trying to make the decision about where to recover, there are some basic concerns to consider.
Personal safety should be a priority. If a person is unable to move without assistance, there is a danger of a serious fall, which can lead to new medical issues. If a person needs help with wound care, showers, meals, laundry and other everyday tasks, then there must be someone willing to address those needs. A spouse may be willing but unable to help with lifting and other tasks.
An important part of recovery is following the doctor’s orders for medications and other specialized care. Forgetting to take medications or neglecting other medical orders can seriously affect the recovery outcome.
The ability to participate in physical, occupational or respiratory therapy can be challenging when recovering at home. Traveling to a therapist’s location can be difficult, but in-home therapy can often be limited in both time and equipment.
Benefits of recovering in a short-term care facility
There are several benefits to choosing to recover in a short-term care facility. For the best care, look for facilities with all the necessary services.
At the beginning of a short-term care stay, each patient should be evaluated and a plan created to address all needs. Recovery has many medical challenges beyond healing. There should be round-the-clock medical staff able to manage pain, distribute medications, care for wounds, check vital signs and address other issues as needed.
Physical therapy, occupational therapy and respiratory therapy should be available up to seven days a week. Frequent and consistent administration of on-site therapy services can positively impact recovery.
When an on-site therapy program is completed, patients will also need a plan for returning home. Personalized transitional services that help patients return to home safely should always be the goal at a short-term care facility. Efforts should be made to provide strategies and assistive devices to achieve this goal.
An effective program
Whitehall of Deerfield has earned a reputation for superior short-term, post-hospital care in a resort-like setting. Each guest receives a personalized plan of service that includes one-on-one therapy up to seven days a week using state-of-the-art equipment in one of three rehabilitation gyms. Barrier-free hallways, specialized showers and the latest COVID-19 protocols keep guests safe. A skilled nursing staff, guided by board-certified physicians, is on hand 24 hours a day to address any medical needs. What’s more, guests enjoy spacious rooms, attentive service and an impressive array of amenities during their stay. And before returning home, guests may spend a few days in a transitional suite to safely prepare to be on their own again. For a recovery that is safe, effective and focused, choose Whitehall of Deerfield.
Whitehall of Deerfield has consistently received Medicare’s highest rating in Medicare’s five-star rating system of nursing and post-hospital rehabilitation centers. Whitehall of Deerfield is also ranked among the top 1% of all Illinois post-hospital rehabilitation and nursing care centers by Newsweek — and has consistently received both U.S. News & World Report’s and Medicare’s highest five-star rating. Learn more about the individualized, one-on-one therapy programs, world-class amenities and COVID-19 safety measures by visiting WhitehallofDeerfield.com or calling 847-945-4600.