How to Select a Subacute Rehabilitation Facility

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Sep 23, 2009


New Jersey - Bergen and Passaic Counties

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How to Select a Subacute Rehabilitation Facility
A Subacute Rehabilitation Facility (SAR) provides short term nursing and rehabilitation care to assist you or your loved one, to recuperating from a hospitalization and returning to their previous lifestyle. The SAR provides a high level of supervision and patient interaction, which will assist in attaining or maintaining the highest level of physical, social and emotional well-being. After a hospitalization, your doctor may recommend or you may request a transfer to a Subacute Rehabilitation Facility.
Planning Rehabilitation for Recovery
Choosing a Subacute Rehabilitation Facility can be planned ahead of time when you or a loved one are facing an elective operation such as a Joint Replacement, Heart Surgery, or Abdominal Surgery or while your loved one is unexpectedly hospitalized and a discharge is anticipated.. Subacute Rehab after an unexpected hospitalization assists someone in a weakened state to be provided with a plan of care to assist an individual to recuperate prior to returning to their previous lifestyle. Planning a visit to Subacute Facilities is important to allow you to evaluate all discharge options and to make a fully informed decision.
Checklist of Concerns prior to Choosing a Subacute Rehabilitation:
Tour and observe the facility to for cleanliness and a pleasant environment
Is the facility Accreditated by The Joint Commission
Can my primary care physician remain in charge of my care?
Is physical, occupational and speech therapy provided by in house staff seven days a week?
Is a physician specializing in Rehabilitation Medicine involved in the care and treatment planning? Do residents and families participate in developing the plan of care?
Is there a dining area available that is attractive and inviting with dietary choices to meet my needs?
Are consulting physicians on staff such as podiatrists, dentists, surgeons, psychiatrist and orthopedists?
Does the facility provide outpatient rehabilitation therapy so I can continue with the same therapist?
Are the rooms spacious, attractive and comfortable?
Is there private space for visiting?
Is the staff attentive, courteous and positive to residents and visitors?
Is there an Activities Program?
Making Your Decision
Once you are comfortable with the Subacute Rehabilitation Facilities which you have simply asked your physician and or social worker at the hospital about your decision to transfer to that facility. The choice is yours and it is important you are part of the decision whether it is for yourself or a loved one.
Editors Note: This article was provided by Paul Jendrek, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Jendrek is currently an attending at the Regent Care Center, Polify Road, Hackensack, New Jersey.He has been in practice 20 years. Dr. Jendrick trained at Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation NYU Medical Center and now sub-specializing in Subacute Rehabilitation since 2003. He can be reached at 201-646-1166.

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