How Short Term Rehabilitation In Nursing Care Facilities Can Improve Long Term Prospects


Finding an appropriate solution after a loved one has been hospitalized because of a slip, trip or fall can make a huge difference to their long term prospects. Being approved to return home from the hospital to continue their recovery at home is far from always the best next step. Instead, it is worth considering the potential that professional full-time care for a suitable short stretch of time can offer. A good quality full-time care home will not only make sure that they are comfortable and well looked after, but should also be able to facilitate the immediate delivery of recuperative and restorative therapies. Even just a few weeks of being able to focus on regaining motor skills and body confidence can substantially reduce the likelihood of similar incidents occurring.

Physical Therapy Matters

Professional full-time nursing care over the short term will focus almost entirely on rehabilitation rather than the more social aspects that tend to matter more for longer-term residents. While such facilities ought not to be considered an extension of a hospital – after all, the individual has been given the ‘all clear’ from medical experts – but instead as a rehabilitative process to assist them with recovering fully from their injuries and regaining their strength.

Physical therapy tends to focus predominantly on motor skills – those basic actions which we all perform throughout the day which simply become more difficult – or easy to lose – as we age. Everyday activities such as rising and sitting down safely, washing the dishes, performing other light housework, plant potting, and many others are things which those in good bodily health take for granted. When our natural ability to conduct these actions safely and fully diminished, it is essential to try and regain them as fully as possible as quickly as possible.

Here physical therapy can really come into its own. Often in support with occupational therapy and evolving ‘next generation’ neurological practices, people who have suffered a bad accident at home which normally could have been completely avoided can regain their confidence and physical proficiency in full. Instead of being expected to try and attempt this under their own steam at home – where a myriad of other pressures are likely going to take up time and effort – a full-time care home will place the focus entirely upon physical rehabilitation. Needless to say the ongoing prospects for those who undertake this style of treatment are going to be far better.

The Difference Between Short Stay & Residential Care

Many people ask what the difference is when checking their loved one into care for a designated short recovery spell compared to the complete residential package. At face value, the two may seem very similar, as residents are always going to be assisted in maintaining their independence and encouraged towards sociable and healthy activities. The real difference is that short stay recuperative care packages tend to place a far greater emphasis on recovery with a view to returning home safely and securely.

When an elderly person suffers their first series of serious falls it can be hugely damaging to their confidence. Feeling nervous about performing those basic actions is a major contributory factor towards repeat incidences that can increase in severity and physical trauma. A short stay – often between 6-8 weeks – in professional care can make a huge difference in combination with in-house physical therapy, often involving three or more sessions per day. While those staying for recuperative reasons are welcome to participate in residential activities, the focus over their days is more on regaining strength and confidence so they can successfully enjoy their own home again.

The Perfect Platform For Optimizing Ongoing Care

The sudden shift from a hospital to home can be too much for some people to cope with – especially after a longer than usual stay as in inpatient recovering from their injuries. Staying for a short while in professional rehabilitative care allows not just the previously mentioned opportunities for regaining strength and motor skill confidence, but also to assess their realistic long term prospects. In-house experts will examine each case uniquely and help relatives and loved ones make the most sensible moves in choosing further help programs. Sometimes a little scheduled aftercare will be enough, and in other cases, people may be perfectly capable of living at home with the help of daily care and domestic support.

Using short term services in full will play a major factor in helping your loved one properly and perhaps even fully recover from both their physical injuries and emotional distress. Much of the time, those who suffer consistent falls and trips are those who have not been able to receive adequate physical therapy and restorative treatments. As anyone would expect, the longer this is put on the backburner and the more frequently the accidents occur, the more dangerous the long term damage can become.

When choosing a suitable short term facility, try and find one that offers the additional advantage of Neurogym technologies. Many older people are finding that these programs are making a huge difference in their lives, as they focus on the rehabilitative aspect of daily activities. Rather than old-fashioned therapies that involved basics (but hardly everyday) activities such as catching and throwing, Neurogym is all about helping people perform the daily basics properly. Considering that the vast majority of home accidents occur while performing the daily basics, it makes perfect sense to focus on performing these safely.

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