Rehabilitation is a vital part of the recovery process for many individuals. It can help them regain their strength and independence, and return to a healthy and active lifestyle. There are three main types of rehabilitation therapy: occupational, physical, and speech. Each form of rehabilitation has its own unique purpose, but they all share the same ultimate goal of helping the patient recover.
Rehabilitation can be accessed in a variety of healthcare settings, such as inpatient rehabilitation centers, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and home rehabilitation services. Acute rehabilitation is the setting for patients with severe trauma who need the most intensive care. This type of rehabilitation setting cares for patients who have experienced extreme physical trauma, stroke, amputation, or debilitating illness. In addition to acute rehabilitation centers, there are also long-term intensive care (LTAC) centers, inpatient rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing services.
LTAC centers are specialized hospitals designed for longer stays of 20 to 30 days. The care offered in an LTAC is more intensive than in an inpatient rehabilitation center or a skilled nursing facility. Inpatient rehabilitation centers provide intensive care for up to two weeks. Patients may not qualify for inpatient rehabilitation right away due to the intense therapy provided.
Respiratory and nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week in these centers. Skilled nursing facilities are also available for those who need help with meals and hygiene or who have chronic health problems such as diabetes or lung or heart problems. Care is available 24 hours a day in these facilities, and the average length of stay is about 26 days. No matter what type of rehabilitation setting you choose, it is important to remember that each form of therapy has its own unique purpose and goal.
With the right care and support, individuals can make a full recovery and return to a healthy and active lifestyle.