If you’re researching the various options for yourself or a loved one who requires short term medical care, then a rehabilitation facility is a great option. However, there is a misconception about medical rehab that we would like to clarify for you. The vast majority of people who see or hear the word “rehabilitation” immediately picture a substance abuse facility or vocational services. Yet, there is another type of rehabilitation that helps a great deal of patients called medical rehabilitation. The bottom line is that medical based rehabilitation is not the same thing as substance abuse rehabilitation.

Medical rehab is actually a branch of care that improves, restores, maintains functional ability and improves the quality of life for patients who have temporary physical disabilities and or impairments. For example, a rehabilitation facility is often needed when a patient transitions from a stay at the hospital following an accident, illness, or surgery. In essence, the rehabilitation facility helps the patient prepare for getting back to a level of independence whether they live on their own, at an assisted care facility, with relatives, or a roommate.

Rehab facilities are not for patients that need full time care for the rest of their lives. The bottom line is that they are not for patients that need a permanent residence. When a patient is discharged from a rehabilitation facility, he or she will return home. All rehabilitation facilities are both certified and regulated on the state and federal levels. In addition, rehabs are required to meet specific local and state-based regulations. You should also be aware of the fact that Medicare covers a patient’s stay for up to one hundred (100) days.

Rehabilitation facilities typically employ registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, vocational nurses, speech pathologists, and physical therapists. They also typically employ audiologists, a medical director and other specialized medical staff as needed. So, if you or a loved one has had an acute illness, infection, stroke, or are recovering from surgery, a rehab facility is the answer if the patient is able to return home after the maximum of 100 days is up. Patients that require wound care and have infections are also good candidates for rehab.

Please contact us today for more information about our Rehabilitation Care facility and program.

Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Skilled Care is the leading non-profit skilled nursing facility in Northeast Connecticut. We are proud to receive top national rankings and the highest five-star rating from Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare. Our dedicated staff combines renowned care and exceptional nursing skills with a holistic approach. We fully realize that the restoration of your health and well-being after an illness, operation, or injury can be incredibly difficult.

Our long-term care features attention to the whole person, assuring individualized care for fullness of living, spiritual welfare, and providing a sense of community with enriching programming. We invite you to learn more about our special smoke-free facility as you consider your own or a loved one’s needs.