Short Term Rehabilitation and transitional care services are a wonderful option that bridges the gap between hospital and home. Unfortunately, there are instances where your senior may not regain enough independence to safely return home. In these cases, you may need to consider Long Term Care services. Below we dive into the differences between short term rehabilitation and long term care. Both rehabilitation and long term care are viable options after your loved one suffers a stroke, injury, surgery or other health challenge; knowing the difference between the two can assist you in deciding which option is best for you and your family.
Short Term Rehabilitation
Short term rehabilitation is necessary when patients are discharged from the hospital but are not quite ready to return to their everyday lives. After a stroke or injury, or even surgery, your senior may experience difficulty in everyday activities such as dressing, bathing, walking, speaking, eating, sitting, lying down, etc. The goal of short term rehabilitation programs are to get you home as quickly as possible without compromising health and safety. Short term rehabilitation, also known as skilled nursing, post-hospital care, or post-acute care, typically includes occupational therapy, physical therapy and often speech therapy services.
Occupational Therapy Services assist in mastering daily activities such as preparing meals, dressing, social interactions such as dining, participating in activities or hobbies, etc. Physical therapy services include strength training, fine motor skills training, re-learning to use walking devices or wheelchairs, and mastering activities such as bending over, sitting down, standing up, etc. Speech therapy services are commonly needed after a stroke. Speech therapists will work with your senior to strengthen the tongue, lips and other necessary muscles for speech as well as activities that help with swallowing, drinking, and eating. To learn more about speech therapy and when it is necessary, click here.
There is no set time for rehabilitation and transitional care services. The average short term care ranges from 4-6 weeks but is dependent upon your personal circumstances. Physicians and the team work together to determine when it is safe for you to return home.
Long Term Care
Sometimes seniors are unable to fully regain the strength, balance, mobility or fine motor skills to properly care for themselves after a stroke, injury, or other health challenge. While helping your loved one get dressed or bathe may seem doable, managing medications, making sure your senior is eating, or being available to meet basic needs throughout the day may not be feasible for you. This is when long term care should be considered. Long term care can offer a safer, thriving environment for your senior and more often than not, a higher quality of life.
Long term care facilities provide 24 hour care, beauty/barber services, restorative care, daily planned activities, a social community, dental and vision care, housekeeping services, skin/wound care, transportation, individualized meal plans, and even weekly religious services.
Camelot Senior Living is a leading rehabilitation service for the elderly in Louisiana. Service benefits include:
24 Hour Nursing Care
IV Hydration & Antibiotics
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Respiratory Services (Trilogy/Bi-PAP)
If you are looking for a short stay to regain mobility and recover from surgery prior to going home, our licensed rehabilitation therapy team will work with you to regain strength, vigor, and balance. We also offer long term care and would be happy to discuss what options are available to meet your specific needs.