Choosing the Best
There are no set rules for selecting a particular care center. At our center, we think a number of things should be considered.
Why would you choose our center for a short-term rehabilitation visit?
Despite our best efforts - including help from friends and family, caring for ourselves or a loved one at home can be difficult. Recovery from surgery or a major healthcare event often takes more than a few days, and unless we are a trained clinician, we can be uncertain about what to do. Watching for signs and symptoms of a problem, an adverse reaction to new medication or any unforeseen change in condition is important to prevent return to the hospital.
We each need and deserve the nursing oversight that will allow us to achieve the best possible outcome with the least amount of problems. And in many instances, we need this nursing care in conjunction with therapy. By staying in a location that offers this integrated medical model, the road to home can be traveled much more quickly. And just as important as getting home fast is being able to stay there. Taking the time up front to focus on recovery, educating ourselves and our family on any ongoing conditions and gaining back our physical strength are all critical in avoiding a return trip to the hospital.
What about long-term care?
Caring for our loved one can be exhausting for us and for them. They deserve to be cared for in the best possible way – with the most resources available for their needs. And despite our worrying, guilt and perceptions, staying at home is not always the best choice.
Many of us think of the pain we would cause them by suggesting moving into a center. But is that the whole picture? As we think about their stay at home, can we make sure they get the care they might need? Can we arrange for their therapeutic social interactions? Can we provide 24/7 medical oversight and care? Will we be able to get them up each day at the same time, follow their daily routine including making sure their medications are delivered on time? Can we intelligently monitor them for any changes in condition?
All of these things can be accommodated through our long-term care services. Knowing that a professional medical, social services, therapy and dietary staff is there can give us the peace of mind to really enjoy the quality time with those we love!
Visit our Important Checklists page to learn more about how to choose the center that is best for you or a loved one.
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