What do you do when a family member ends up in the hospital due to a sudden illness, injury, or surgical procedure that requires further rehabilitation services beyond their hospital stay?
How do you choose the right short-term rehab facility for them?
When the doctor recommends further treatment, most likely a social worker at the hospital will offer a list of local facilities where they can receive therapy. Take a close look at the list, but keep in mind that you don’t have to necessarily select one from that list…the choice is yours, make sure to do your research!
This decision can be quite overwhelming.
Naturally, you want your loved one to get the best care, but where do you begin to find out which facility best meets their physical and personal needs?
A good starting point to get an overview of what each facility has to offer is by going to their website and getting answers to the following questions:
- What does the campus look like and are the rooms clean and appealing?
- What levels of care/therapy do they offer?
- Do they have information about the staff and activities?
- Do they offer testimonials by residents and family members?
- Is there any history about the facility?
You will also want to make sure the facility and services are covered by your loved one’s health insurance.
Make sure to check out the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rating for the facility.
This rating was created to help families compare facilities using a 5-star quality rating system…5 being much above average to 1 being much below average. The rating is based on health inspections, staffing, and other quality measures such as falls and readmission rates. Visit the CMS website HERE for more detailed information.
After narrowing the field down to 2 or 3 facilities that meet your criteria, call and schedule an appointment for a tour. While there meet staff members, take notice of how well the building is maintained, and be aware of the interaction between residents and staff.
Now is the time to ask questions, such as:
- How many patients have they had under their care for the same medical issue?
- How often do they offer therapy and do patients work with the same therapists?
- Do patients see their primary care provider or is there a doctor on staff?
- What kind of meals are provided and is there a dining room?
- Will they be able to participate in activities? If so, what kind?
- Are residents able to have visitors at any time of day, what are the visiting hours?
- Is the facility secure at night and are caregivers/nurses on duty at all times?
- Will the staff keep you informed of progress and educate you on the care your loved one will need upon discharge back home?
Afterward, you’ll be able to make an informed decision of which facility is the most qualified and suitable for helping your loved one make a full recovery.
Pickering Manor located in Newtown, PA, Bucks County has held a 5-star overall quality rating from CMS – the highest score possible, for four years.
Pickering Manor has also once again been ranked Best Nursing Home by U.S. News and World Report, with an overall rating of Top Performing. Pickering Manor offers rehabilitation services to all people regardless of age, color, gender, race, or religion and is not limited to Newtown residents.
Visit our website to find out more about our short-term rehabilitation services which include physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs. Be sure to read the stellar testimonials left by residents and grateful family members.
For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 215-968-3878 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have a choice when it comes to your short-term rehab in PA.
When you choose Pickering Manor, we pledge our dedication to providing quality care by people who care.