A better recovery starts with the right rehab choice.

Posted on August 19, 2022

Short-term rehabilitation programs can help people regain their strength after surgery, illness or an accident.

In a short-term rehabilitation center, patients receive physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy until they’re ready to return home. There could be someone in your life who has taken part in rehab for a short time. It may even be something you've experienced firsthand.

Depending on your doctor's recommendation, the hospital discharge planner will provide you with a list of rehabilitation centers in your area and ask you which one you prefer.

Choosing where to stay after surgery can be a complicated process, but senior living communities offer a safe and homelike alternative. They also help speed up recovery and improve a patient’s overall health.

If your loved one has undergone surgery, here are 10 questions to ask about a short-term rehabilitation facility like what’s offered by The Highlands at Wyomissing®.

Questions To Ask When Choosing a Short-Term Rehab Option

  1. Would you be able to accept a new patient at this time?
  2. How can I ensure my insurance is accepted here, and what steps should I take in advance?
  3. Is there a particular area of expertise among the staff?
  4. How many levels and/or types of treatment do you provide?
  5. What is the staff-to-patient ratio?
  6. Which treatments will be administered during my recovery?
  7. What is the process for transition from hospital to rehab?
  8. What items should I bring?
  9. What is provided on site?
  10. How are regular care planning meetings scheduled, and are family members invited to participate in person or via a videoconference?

If you have additional questions before touring a rehabilitation center or senior living community, be sure to write them down to ask the team later. For example, maybe you're wondering if overnight guests or pets are allowed to stay, or what hours the dining room is open. Get answers to all your questions.

Questions To Consider When Touring Short-Term Rehabs

Another important aspect of choosing a location is to pay attention to your feelings about it.

  • Were you welcomed warmly?
  • Did you see staff smiling in the halls?
  • Did everyone seem to be happy?
  • Did you receive candid answers to your questions?
  • Did all areas look clean and smell fresh?

Use these to aid in your search or to inspire your own inquiries. And if you’d like a first-class Short-Term Rehabilitation stay, look no further than The Highlands at Wyomissing®, where senior lives are enhanced.

As a not-for-profit Life Care Community in beautiful Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, the community also offers Residential Living, Personal Care, Skilled Nursing, Home Care, Physician Services and Memory Support.

Contact us today to learn more about our Short-Term Rehabilitation services.