Short-Term Rehab After Surgery 

On average, a typical short-term rehabilitation stay after surgery at a skilled nursing facility is less than 30 days. If you have Medicare Part A (Hospital) Insurance, you are covered under Medicare with a qualifying three-day hospital stay (not including time spent in observation) and referral from your doctor.

After a major surgery, accident,  or hospitalization due to an illness, your doctor may recommend seeking additional treatment at a short-term rehabilitation center. Most centers that offer post-operative care, including physical, speech, and occupational therapy, are part of skilled nursing facilities (SNF). And many of these facilities offer comprehensive accommodations, amenities, and treatment plans to ensure you receive quality care and a simple-as-possible transition back to a home environment.

If you are searching for the best short-term rehabilitation center to accommodate your needs or the needs of a loved one, we hope the following information will help guide you through the process. Before deciding on the right short-term rehabilitation center consider the quality, cost, and levels of care provided. Asking these questions can help you decide on what short-term rehab center is best suited to meet your specific healthcare needs.

  • What is the cost and what is covered during my stay?
  • Are there additional expenses (internet, phone, television) that will require out-of-pocket payment?
  • Is my insurance accepted and what steps do I take to ensure my stay is covered?
  • What forms of treatment are available and can you accommodate my specific medical needs?
  • How often will I receive therapy?
  • What is the staff-to-patient ratio?
  • Is the facility rated by Medicare? If so, what is the current rating?
  • What amenities and services are available to me during my stay?

The benefit of receiving short-term rehab care at a skilled nursing facility is the on-site amenities. Depending on the type of skilled care you may need, ask about different treatment plans and services. Many skilled nursing facilities have a variety of different therapy equipment and amenities for patient use, including onsite pools, fitness centers, and planned daily activities. These services typically complement your treatment plan and create an environment tailored to your recovery. To learn about specific amenities offered at each facility, ask about what is available to you during your stay.

Your stay at a short-term rehabilitation center should allow you or your senior loved one to focus on regaining wellness and mobility. Many skilled nursing facilities that have dedicated short-term rehabilitation centers offer a range of rehabilitative services, from occupational, speech, and physical therapy to nutritional and dietary assistance.

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