10 Things to consider When Choosing a Rehabilitation Facility
Choosing a rehabilitation facility? Here are “10 things to consider” to make your decision an easy one.
1. Admissions Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Availability is important when choosing a rehabilitation facility. You or your loved one may require immediate care and knowing that a care facility is ready to accommodate all your needs at any time day or night can provide peace of mind.
2. Well-Maintained Facility & Grounds: Will you or your loved one be welcomed to an orderly and clean environment which is up to your standards? A healthy, clean and organized facility and grounds should be a priority when making your choice. A safe, home-like feeling is a big plus towards recovery.
3. Activities & Amenities: Make sure the facility is engaging and nurturing! An inviting list of daily activities can help make you or your loved one feel enriched and involved.
4. Caring & Attentive Staff: Is the staff caring and prompt? A nurturing and attentive timely staff is at the heart of any facility and should be a top consideration for your family.
5. Therapy and Skilled Nursing Services that meet your needs: Is you or your loved one getting the healing they need? A customized therapy routine should be an important part of rehabilitation and health, including comprehensive skilled nursing services.
6. Financial Counseling: Make sure you have a financial plan in mind. A financial planner on-site can meet with you to discuss any concerns and help with you or your family’s specific needs.
7. Quality of Food: Is the food nutritious and appetizing? Having the ability to choose from a variety of healthy food options is important!
8. Family Involvement: Are families allowed to participate? A good facility should always empower patients and their families at all stages of care.
9. Awards & Quality Ratings: Check to see if the facility has received recognition from associations such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Five-Star Quality Rating System), American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program).
10. Return to Home Success Rate: Programs focusing on “return to home” success are important to examine. A good transitional program is a key way to gauge how dedicated a facility is to your recovery and it’s commitment to return individuals to their highest level of independent functioning and back home.