Facing post-surgery rehab? Here’s what to consider.
When you schedule cancer surgery, joint replacement or any other significant surgery, it’s vitally important to have the best doctor and best hospital for your health needs. That’s a given. What folks often give less credence to is where you will recover and receive therapy after being released from the hospital.
As those of us at 101 Mobility have seen with the families we help, choosing the best rehab facility for your needs is crucial. No, we don’t offer rehab, but we hear from those needing home accessibility and mobility help after their rehab. The stories on quality of care vary vastly, depending on the severity of your complications, your age, and any other pre-existing conditions, and where you go for care.
After significant surgery, most people are discharged for short-term rehabilitation, which could mean a week or four weeks at a rehab center. Asking your surgeon for his or her prediction as to the type of rehab you will need before your surgery allows you and/or your family to tour short-term rehabilitation facilities in advance.
How do you locate the ideal rehab community for your needs?
101 Mobility recommends you check out the rehab centers closest to your home or family. Ask for recommendations from friends, family and your physician. Next, call the Admissions Counselor of each of the centers you are considering. Here are some considerations to discuss during the call:
- Share facts about your upcoming surgery and any other important health issues you may have.
- Share your insurance coverage to make sure that facility accepts your insurance plans.
- Ask how about the therapists’ credentialing.
- Does this facility offer speech and occupational therapy as well? (You never know what you might need).
Perhaps most important of all, schedule an appointment to visit the rehab centers before your surgery, asking:
- Will you have to share a room or is a private room available?
- How close are the nurses’ stations?
- What is the nursing staff philosophy for answering the call buttons?
- Visit the therapy area and take a look at the equipment.
- How does the staff interact with you when you pass them?
- Does the facility smell clean and fresh?
- What if a family member wants to spend the night with you – is that allowable and is a cot or sleeper recliner available?
- Ask the therapists their rehab experience with the type of surgery you are having.
- Ask about meals. Can they be delivered to your room, or are you required to go to the dining room?
Once you are home safely, 101 Mobility can help you with just about any type of mobility or accessibility convenience you need. But before then, we hope you will choose the best rehab center for your needs.
Trust us, moving to another center when you are in pain can be both a health and insurance nightmare. Planning ahead will save a lot of headaches in the long run – and help you return home in the best condition possible.