Five Reasons to Trust an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital After a Fall
Slipping on a wet floor or tripping on loose carpet won’t hurt most of us. We might have to deal with a bruised knee or aching back for a few days, but usually, the issue resolves itself quickly. For those 65 and over, however, a fall can have devastating effects on long-term quality of life. Consider the statistics from the National Council on Aging:
- A third of seniors over 65 experience a fall each year. Two-thirds of these suffer the second fall within six months.
- One in every 200 falls, among those 65-69, results in a hip fracture.
- One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within six months of injury.
- Even in situations where a fall doesn’t result in an injury, 47 percent of seniors aren’t able to get up without help.
- For those unable to get up on their own, the time spent immobile can affect health outcomes. Muscle cell breakdown can occur within 30 to 60 minutes of a fall. Additional complications such as dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia and pneumonia may also result.
Deciding where to recover following a fall, illness or surgery can overwhelm a patient. “It’s critical to find care that offers the highest level of rehabilitation in the most appropriate setting so you can return home sooner and stronger,” says Michele Butts, director of therapy at Encompass Health.
A world of difference exists between recovery at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals such as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes.
Here are five reasons that inpatient rehabilitation is a better choice.
- Frequent visits by a physician. Not required at a nursing home.
- A multidisciplinary team approach with skilled therapists using advanced technology to treat balance problems. Not required in a nursing home.
- Oversight by registered nurses 24 hours a day. Nursing home only requires eight hours.
- A minimum of three hours per day, five days a week of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. No minimum at a nursing home.
- Registered nurses with special training in rehabilitation. Not required at a nursing home.
To assess whether rehabilitation is the right plan for regaining independence, patients can request a free home admission assessment from an Encompass Health clinical liaison. This goes for other illnesses as well that can be evaluated from home including active rheumatoid arthritis, bilateral joint replacement, hip fracture and stroke. To request information or an assessment, patients or their physician should call one of the Encompass Health admission offices at 520-544-5216 or 520-322-4405.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Tucson is located at 1921 W. Hospital Drive, behind Northwest Medical Center. Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson is located at 2650 N. Wyatt Drive, behind Tucson Medical Center. Visit http://www.encompasshealth.com/tucsonrehab to learn more.
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