When Short-Term Rehab Turns Into A Long-Term Stay

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

At MediLodge of Sterling Heights we combine the skills of our highly qualified physical, occupational and speech therapists with the amenities of our unique Wellness Lodge, creating an ideal place for recovery. Our knowledge and experience make it possible for us to provide maximum Lodger potential in regards to rehabilitation while providing a comfortable and compassionate environment for healing. Like most family caregivers, you hope that your family member can go home after being a lodger in the short term rehab unit at MediLodge of Sterling Heights. But this does not always happen. Sometimes a short term stay turns into a long term stay.

Why Going Home May Not Be Possible

During rehab, therapists set initial treatment goals for each resident. These are based on a person’s condition and what he or she needs to learn or relearn to do. For instance, if your mother was in the hospital because of a hip fracture, then an initial rehab goal might be to teach her to walk safely. Or if your father had a stroke, an initial rehab goal might be to help him relearn how to dress and feed himself. Sometimes residents make slow or little progress toward initial goals. There are many reasons why this can happen. For example, residents may be too weak or not able to do all needed exercises and therapy. Or they may be too sick. And sometimes, no matter how hard the resident tries, they do not respond to treatment right away. How much progress your family member makes toward meeting his or her initial goals may also affect insurance payment for rehab services. Most insurances pay for rehab based on how well residents meet initial goals. Insurance coverage for intensive therapies might stop if the residents do not make enough progress. If this happens, and your family member is not able to manage at home, your family member may have to move to a long stay unit. The services there will not include as many or as intensive rehab sessions.

Other Reasons Why Going Home May Not Be Possible

• Dementia: Sometimes rehab staff notice signs of dementia that you may not have seen at home. Rehab staff may then tell you that your family member cannot safely go home.

• Environmental barriers: This means that your family member’s house or apartment is not set up for people who have problems getting around or managing on their own. For instance, your father’s apartment building may not have an elevator and he now uses a wheelchair. Or your mother’s house may have more steps than she can climb because of her heart condition. Sometimes bathrooms and kitchens are not arranged in ways that resident can manage safely on their own. Sometimes these problems can be fixed so that the resident can come home later.

• Home Care Services: Your family member’s insurance may not pay for all needed home care services. For instance, Medicare does not pay for long term home care.

• Depression or Isolation: If your family member is feeling very sad or has no one nearby to help, going home can make these feelings worse.

• Your limits: You may not give able to give your family member as much time as he or she needs. Or you may have your own physical problems, responsibilities, or other limits on what you can do.

Source: Next Step In Care

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

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