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Choosing between Nursing Homes and Rehab Centers

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Finding the right type of long-term care is important to ensure a smooth transition as well as complete recovery. Many people get confused when it comes to choosing between a rehab center and a skilled nursing home because most of them believe that the two are the same. However, there are some subtle differences between rehab centers and nursing homes. Below is a quick look at both the long-term care options to help you make an informed decision.

Skilled Nursing Homes

A skilled nursing home provides short-term and long-term care services to those who cannot manage their day-to-day personal and/or health-related care requirements. Nursing homes are easily accessible in most states and accept all kinds of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. As they are located nearby, family visits are also easier to manage.

Nursing homes focus on providing round-the-clock specialized care as well as social and recreational activities to their residents. This makes it a good option for those who need extended care and assistance. They can offer semi-assisted to full-scale assisted living care depending upon the facility. So it is advised to check all the services offered by the skilled nursing care home before making a choice.

Rehab Centers

A rehab center can be a public or private facility that focuses on providing therapy and training for rehabilitation and transitioning the patient back to his/her normal life. The rehab services will vary greatly depending upon the facility; it can range from physical rehab to behavioral addiction rehab to anything in between.

Most rehab centers offer individualized therapies for the patient depending upon his/her conditions. It may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and specialized treatments if required. In general, many in-house rehabilitation services work to help their patients move to assisted living or another long-term care facility. Most rehab centers also accept insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, while some can be completely funded by the government.

Both nursing homes and rehab centers offer boarding facilities, which can be luxury residences as well. In addition, residents get nutritious and healthy meals, personal care and assistance, and opportunities to socialize with co-residents.

In some cases, nursing homes and rehab centers can work together as well. For instance, a senior patient with a traumatic injury may choose a rehab center post-hospitalization and then transition into a nursing home for long-term care and assistance with daily activities. Sometimes, a patient living in a nursing home may even choose to go to a rehab center for addressing any specific addiction problems and then transition back to the nursing home. Some skilled nursing homes may even offer the benefits of both the facilities to make things simpler. Contact us to discuss what kind of service is right for your situation.

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