Post-acute rehabilitation has evolved through the years to better meet patients’ needs. Hospital stays are shorter and shorter, and patients require a robust and dynamic post-acute rehabilitation program. Facilities that have the resources, staff, and vision to provide this are the ones you and your loved ones should consider after a hospitalization.
Types of care that should be provided
- Physical Therapy- Physical Therapists help people improve their movement and manage pain. PT’s are a critical part of someone’s rehab and can help with prevention of future injuries or illnesses.
- Occupational Therapy- Occupational Therapists work with people to improve fine motor skills as well as daily living skills.
- Speech Therapy- Speech Therapists work with people to address issues related to speech, language, and swallowing. This type of therapy is especially important with stroke patients as they may have to re-learn how to speak and how to swallow.
- Cardiac- Cardiac therapy is often times done by a physical therapist and addresses needs related to the heart. Post-hospitalization programs may include small movements and then progress to low impact exercise.
- Stroke and Parkinson’s Rehab- Performed by a combination of PT’s, OT’s, and SLP’s, this form of rehabilitation addresses the needs directly related to stroke and Parkinson’s patients.
Why is it important for a patient to receive therapies post hospitalization?
Post hospitalization therapy and rehabilitation is a critical component of the recovery process. Therapy helps to build up the strength that was drained during the hospital stay. In addition, therapy helps to prevent further illness or injury and subsequent readmission to the hospital. Therapists have goals that are tailored for each individual patient. When the goals are obtained, the patient has reached an important milestone in their recovery.
The Big Picture:
Being released from the hospital is great thing, but it does not mean that a patient is ready to return to normal, everyday life. A few weeks of post-acute rehabilitation can make a world of difference for somebody. Although it may seem challenging and uncomfortable in the short term, it will go a long way down the road.