Rehab Center versus Home Care
“There’s no place like home.” While Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was certainly right about this sentiment, there are definitely places that can provide a good substitute while getting you back on your feet, and back in your own front door. Today’s seniors are forced to make a decision following an illness or a recent surgery. They must decide whether they have the support and resources necessary to recover at home, or whether they need to enter a rehabilitation center temporarily to receive the necessary care. Home care, while very appealing, can be more expensive, more restrictive, and more slowly paced then receiving care in a rehab center with skilled nursing care. Rehab centers provide on-site, high level, round-the-clock nursing care, in addition to on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, as often as necessary. Rehabilitation centers can provide safety and privacy, while providing professional, compassionate care, exercise, appropriate nutrition, controlled medication, and social stimulation. This enables residents to achieve their highest quality of life potential quickly, and safely, so that they can return home and resume their previous lifestyle. Investigating local rehab centers BEFORE you need one enables you to make an informed, low pressure decision. Call and research local facilities, such as Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center in Euclid, and ask for a tour and an introduction to the rehab staff to give yourself the best possible information before you need to make a decision about future care.
Heidi Shenk has been a physical therapist for more than 23 years. She has just moved to the Cleveland area from Stockholm, Sweden and is now working as the Director of Marketing for Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center.