Image of patient during physical therapy session after surgeryRecovering from a surgery can be a challenging task for a senior citizen who may feel uncertain about whether they can physically withstand the process.

It’s important for the patient to have a positive mindset going into rehabilitation and for them to have strong support from family as well as staff at the care facility.

Many Embassy Healthcare communities offer both long-term and short-term stay options for patients going through our Embassy Therapy program. Here are some things to consider as you select a rehab facility for your loved one:

  1. Medicare rating: Knowing how Medicare rates the facility can be a good indicator of the facility’s quality and dedication to its service. Use the Nursing Home Compare site to check ratings on all Medicare-certified centers in the U.S.
  2. Success rate: To help determine how the center measures success, it helps to ask some questions such as: What percentage of patients end up back in the hospital shortly after rehab? How many patients go back to living independently at home after being discharged?
  3. Reputation: Gather opinions of those who have been to or had family at a rehab facility. How did they feel about their experience? What did and didn’t they like? This can help you determine which facility may be the best fit for your loved one.
  4. Check staff ratio: Be sure to ask each facility what their patient-to-staff ratio is. Having adequate staffing to best care for your family member is important to providing the best care and ensuring the best possible outcome.
  5. Communication is key: Ask centers how therapists communicate with patients in discussing their rehabilitation expectations, particularly if you think your loved one may be hesitant to undertake physical activity. Once you understand the center’s expectations and methods, it can be easier to rely on to your family member what the process will involve.

Call 888-975-1379 for more information on Embassy Healthcare’s rehab services and our therapy program.