Comparing Inpatient And Outpatient Rehabilitation
Posted By: Becky Davis - 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

After surgery, an illness, or injury, you will most likely attend rehabilitation sessions. The goal of these appointments is to help you get back to the level of independence you are used to. For seniors, rehabilitation has many benefits. It can provide improved mobility, increase physical strength, and give a greater sense of independence. Along with increased communication skills and cognition, all of these improvements add up to a higher quality of life. The following can help you understand inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

Why rehabilitation is needed

Rehab is used to address issues related to chronic conditions, like back pain and arthritis, neurological disorders caused by a head injury or stroke, and injuries to the spinal cord. It is also used after surgery. Usually, there are two different types of rehabilitation used called inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. These have many similarities and differences.

Choosing inpatient rehabilitation

You will stay in a facility for a certain period of time if you choose inpatient rehab. Shorter term-care would be from a few days up to a month. More than one month is considered long-term care. If you stay in rehabilitation facility, the staff will have more time focus on your rehab and your overall care. This option is intensive and includes speech and language therapy (if needed), occupational therapy, and daily physical therapy.

Many facilities include social events, activities, delicious food options, and amenities to make life as comfortable as possible throughout your stay. Your health care providers design your rehabilitation care to give you the right amount of therapy. Inpatient rehabilitation will take time, but this focused care may help you meet your recovery goals quicker than care at an outpatient program.

Choosing outpatient rehabilitation

Healthcare professionals who work at outpatient rehabilitation facilities have the same kind of training as those found at inpatient facilities. They offer speech and language therapy, occupational, and physical therapy. Outpatient care works well for seniors who would rather stay in their own homes after receiving treatment. It is important to know that your recovery is mostly under your control and will progress according to the type of care you receive. If you follow the direction of your healthcare providers and therapists, you will heal faster.

Some types of outpatient therapy are not as effective as inpatient care. You have to be motivated and consistent about following therapy directions at home in order to see the kind of recovery you expect. If you need a form of therapy that is not intense, outpatient care is probably a more beneficial option for you.

Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at Bivins Pointe

Your physician is ultimately the one who will determine what kind of care will help you heal quickly. Choosing one type of therapy over the other depends on the severity of your illness or injury.

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