Rehabilitation

Life can deliver some unexpected twists: accidents, sudden illnesses or emergency surgeries can happen when you least expect them. And in the aftermath of such events, your energy is focused primarily on recovery—trying to also find the best available resources for help can be pretty challenging.

At Life Care, we understand the intense desire to recuperate and get back to normal as quickly as possible. But serious illness or trauma can sometimes force you to relearn even basic functions. The struggle to regain those lost capabilities while still recovering is frustrating and often overwhelming.

That’s when our teams of experts can make an overwhelming difference. Our skilled therapy services can hasten your recovery, help return lost skills and bring back strength and mobility. Our caring professionals work tirelessly with our residents not only in physical areas, but also by constantly supporting and encouraging them emotionally.

We believe our residents are the extraordinary people who refuse to allow temporary setbacks or disabilities to affect them permanently. Their determination and effort become invaluable tools in the rehabilitation process.

And it is our greatest privilege to partner with them—or you, or your loved one—during recovery … and become your strongest advocates in the road to reclaiming total wellness.

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Don’t wait until you or your loved one are preparing to leave the hospital to plan the transition to rehabilitation. Inquire about a reservation today for one of our short-term rehabilitation rooms!

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Services - Rehabilitation - FAQs

At Life Care, our goal is to provide the information you need to make educated decisions about retirement communities, nursing homes, and elderly care in general. If you can't find the information you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How will I find a therapy services provider for my loved one?

When your loved one's physician recommends therapy services, a discharge planner, the doctor or a member of the doctor's staff may suggest a few providers. Talking with these recommended providers will help determine which one will best meet the needs of your loved one.

Who determines what type of therapy services my family member needs?

Your family member's physician in consultation with the center's licensed therapy staff develops and implements a results-oriented, skilled rehabilitation program specific to each resident's needs.

Will I be involved in the development of my loved one's care plan?

Yes, the development of each program involves the resident, his or her family, and the center's team. Family members are also encouraged to participate in their loved one's regularly scheduled planning meetings.

Are therapy services covered under Medicare?

Therapy services are covered under Medicare if all eligibility and coverage requirements have been met. Please refer to Medicare and Payment Options under this section for more information regarding these requirements.

Services - Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Team

The rehabilitation staff at Life Care centers consist of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, speech-language pathologists, restorative nurse and restorative aides. This therapy team works together to ensure the needs of each resident are met. Life Care's therapists also receive training on a regular basis to help them maintain the skills necessary to provide the highest quality of care.

Physical therapists assist residents in regaining strength and mobility after surgery or an extended illness. They may also recommend assistive equipment and provide instruction regarding the use of such devices.

Physical therapists assistants are supervised by physical therapists and work closely with the residents, helping implement the exercise programs developed by physical therapists.

Occupational therapists help residents improve their function of tasks such as dressing, bathing or eating after traumas, strokes and orthopedic surgery. By using rehabilitation techniques and training residents in the use of special equipment, occupational therapists help residents achieve greater independence with personal care.

Occupational therapist assistants follow the plans of care developed by occupational therapists and work one-on-one with residents to improve their level of functioning.

Speech-language pathologists help retrain residents in breathing, swallowing and muscle control. Residents who have experienced traumas, surgery or stroke often require the assistance of speech-language pathologists in order to communicate basic needs.

Services - Rehabilitation - Services

Therapy services are offered five to seven days a week at most Life Care centers across the country on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Physical therapy
After surgery or an extended illness, residents often require physical therapy to help them regain strength and mobility. Helping increase range of motion and flexibility, and providing instruction in safety, fall prevention and mobility are examples of the services provided by physical therapists.

Occupational therapy
Residents may need occupational therapy to improve their ability to dress themselves, bathe, or eat after an injury or illness. Through the use of specialized techniques and training in the use of adaptive equipment, occupational therapists can help residents achieve greater independence.

Speech-Language pathology
Residents with communication or swallowing disorders, which are commonly the result of traumas, surgery or stroke, often require speech therapy. The speech-language pathologist helps improve speech, language and swallowing.