Hospitals must discharge patients who no longer need ongoing medical care, even if those patients are not really ready to go home. Someone who will need a month or longer to recover from an injury, extensive orthopedic surgery or another physical condition appreciates being able to reside in a Skilled nursing private suite. At the facility, the patient receives help from nurses and nursing assistants, regular physical therapy or occupational therapy, and nutritious meals.
Levels of Assistance
Depending on the patient’s needs, this person may live almost independently at the center, or may receive assistance with tasks like bathing, grooming and help getting to the bathroom. A patient who recently had a full knee replacement, for instance, may require more assistance in the first week but gradually progress to being able to do all those tasks without help.
Suites and Rooms
A person who will be able to go home within a week or two may opt for a Skilled nursing private room, especially if insurance coverage for residential rehab is somewhat limited. Private suites and rooms are available at facilities like Dolphin Pointe Health Care, where the temporary residents get the therapy they need in a pleasant environment. Nurses check wound dressings, provide medication and monitor each patient’s condition to make sure they are progressing and not developing any complications.
What to Bring
The patients typically bring several outfits consisting of comfortable clothing, such as sweatpants and sweatshirts, other casual wear, and pajamas. They can bring many other personal items, such as books, photos and stationery. Some centers require clearance for electronic items like smartphones, laptops, tablets and radios.
In today’s technology-driven world, facility managers have come to expect that many of their physical rehab patients rely on having a cell phone and a laptop for communication and other purposes. Although the patients are there for therapy and recovery, there is a lot of downtime. Many of them are used to leading active lives and have full-time jobs. Relatives and friends are usually encouraged to visit. Patients who are well enough to go outside can be wheeled around the grounds or take a stroll using a walker with a staff member supervising.