5 Reasons Inpatient Rehabilitation May Be the Answer for Your Aging Parent
Your elderly parent is about to get discharged from the hospital and you have some decisions to make: take them back to their home, bring them home with you, move them into a skilled nursing facility (i.e., a nursing home) or find inpatient rehabilitation care for them.
Each of these options has its advantages, but if your parent is in serious need of physical rehabilitation, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital is most likely your best bet to getting them home safely and independently.
Here are five conditions that support taking your loved one to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital:
- They Have Balance Issues That Could Result in Falls
The risk of falling is high in the elderly to begin with, and they are more likely to be injured when they do fall. Consequently, it’s critical to improve their balance. In-home care, whether in their own home or yours, provides limited therapy services that are far too intermittent. And unlike the therapy services at a nursing home, inpatient rehabilitation is intense and continuous, perfect for helping older people build the leg strength and balance to become steadier on their feet so they can be discharged home safer, stronger and sooner.
- They’ve Experienced Significant Physical Trauma
If your parent has had a stroke, broken a hip or suffered some neurological impairment, they need round-the-clock supervision, the kind you can only get in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. These hospitals provide 24/7 nursing care, specialized rehabilitation nursing, daily physician visits and come equipped with advanced therapies and innovative technologies necessary for faster recovery. Most inpatient rehabilitation hospitals employ physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers and psychologists to care for patients’ physical, psychological and emotional needs. The goal at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital is to get your parent to the point where they can return home or to an assisted living facility and live as independently as possible.
- They Aren’t Yet Independent Enough to Go Home
Your parent has recovered from a stay in the hospital, but if they can’t climb the stairs in their house, they aren’t ready to go home. Instead, they may require a short but intensive regimen of therapy, the kind best provided at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Other issues they may need rehabilitation include: walking, cooking, dressing, getting in and out of a car, bed or recliner, pushing a shopping cart, bowel and bladder control, bathing and self-care as well as things like comprehension, expression, problem solving and memory.
- You Want to Keep Them from Returning to the Hospital
Research shows that patients discharged from hospitals to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital have lower re-admittance rates than those who return home. In addition, a study for Medicare found that the mortality rates and clinical outcomes are “considerably better” for inpatient rehabilitation patients.
- They Can Recover Faster and Live More Independently
A stay at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital averages 12 days. Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide the specialized care necessary to guide each patient through recovery, with the goal of returning them home safer and stronger. Nurses provide around-the-clock care that is crucial for a patient’s journey to recovery, therapists help patients increase their physical function, mobility, strength, balance and safety and promote a patient’s independence in self-care and home management.
To assess whether inpatient rehabilitation is the right place for your parent, call Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson at (520) 322-4405. It’s located at 2650 N. Wyatt Drive, behind Tucson Medical Center. Encompass Health of Northwest Tucson can be contacted at (520) 544-5216. It’s located at 1921 W. Hospital Drive, behind Northwest Medical Center.
Visit EncompassHealth.com/TucsonRehab to learn more.
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