When you are looking for a short-term rehabilitation for yourself or a loved one, there are many things to consider. Here are 10 important things to look for when searching for the right place:
10. Provider networks: It’s important to have the best coverage possible so you can take full advantage of your rehab experience. Make sure the places you are looking at are fully covered by your insurance to maximize your benefits.
9. Reputation: There are many facilities with stellar reputations for providing great care and good results. While you should not base your decision solely on this status, it is something to consider.
8. Physician referral: Your doctor may make recommendations to you based on their experience with certain facilities. A good working relationship between your physician and the facility may give you a smoother continuum of care. Your doctor may also recommend the type of facility you should look at based on your rehab needs.
7. Facility tour: If you are able, take an unannounced tour of the facilities you are considering. Get a feel for the physical surroundings, the staff, and the atmosphere of the rehab center.
6. Equipment available: Facilities should give you information regarding the rehab equipment available. A facility that has such equipment as a body-weight support treadmill (excellent for stroke rehab, as well as many other conditions), a car simulator, and so on, may be preferable, depending on your needs.
5. Facility specialty: Some rehab centers have areas of specialization or emphasis, such as brain injury, stroke, or trauma. Depending on your needs, you may want to choose a facility that focuses on one specific type of rehab.
4. Personal referral: A much more reliable source for referral than general reputation is a recommendation from a friend or family member. If you know someone who has spent time at a particular rehab facility, get their opinion. A positive review from someone you trust will help you make your decision.
3. Location, location, location: Successful rehab is much more likely if family and friends are able to visit frequently to provide support and to receive training as needed. Choosing a quality location as close to home as possible that loved ones feel comfortable visiting will positively impact your rehab.
2. Prior successful rehab: If you have previous experience with a facility, your own experience is an important factor in making a decision. Familiarity with the facility will increase your level of comfort and make the transition easier for you and your family.
1. Facility staff: When touring a facility, talk to some of the staff – nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, and so on. Ask questions and get a feel for the people who work there. A caring, dedicated, friendly staff will work hard to make your rehab successful.
You have many choices for inpatient rehab. Take the time to choose the right one for you in order to make your rehab more successful.