What do family members need to know about rehab?

What do family members need to know about rehab?

Concerned family members frequently want to know how involved they can or should be during their loved ones’ inpatient rehabilitation. Understanding how therapy services work and your role in a loved one’s recovery will help you provide the best support.

Can a skilled nursing facility be a rehab facility?

Many skilled nursing facilities have subacute rehab beds licensed within them. They are often housed in facilities that are qualified as long-term care facilities as well. The qualifications remain the same as a SAR, a skilled nursing need is present. This is often called nursing home care.

Can a person be moved to a sub-acute rehab facility?

For example, you can be placed in a sub-acute care rehab facility, no longer need rehab, but still need wound care. You would then be moved within that facility to a SNF bed. Eventually, as skilled nursing is no longer needed, you can be moved to an LTC bed. All this moving around in one facility hinges on bed availability.

Can a person go from hospital to rehab?

I did a lot of planning before Mom came home after four months in hospitals and a rehab facility. I’ve recently been helping a friend who has been managing her mother’s transitions from a hospital to a rehab facility and then to another rehab facility that now wants to send her home before she, or her family, is ready.

Can a loved one leave the hospital without being admitted to rehab?

Don’t let your loved one leave the hospital without being “admitted.” Without the word “admitted” stamped on hospital papers, the stay at the rehab facility is not covered by Medicare. It’s this semantics loophole that left Cat Stone’s mother in severe debt after a 2012 hip fracture.

What happens if a loved one refuses rehabilitation?

For example, if your loved one has Medicare Part A and refuses the recommended rehabilitation after a qualifying three-day hospital stay, their coverage could be denied by Medicare – even if they change their mind at a later date and decide to participate in the prescribed rehabilitation.

What to do when your loved one is in rehab?

Check with your loved one’s doctor. The facility may require an immediate influenza and/or tuberculosis shot. Since your loved one may already be up to date on these, insist that the facility wait for you to get medical records. And, while you’re on the phone with the doctor, discuss medication changes and contraindications.

When to transition from hospital to rehab facility?

If you have a parent or other loved one who will soon be released from the hospital after an injury or surgery, he or she might not yet be well enough to return home, even with the assistance of in-home care. That likely will mean a transition to a short-term rehabilitation facility or nursing home.