Many people who have had a medical emergency or surgery will need a period of rehabilitation after hospital. Fractures, brain injuries, amputation, heart attacks and hip replacements are the kinds of things which require time for you to recover.
The aim of rehabilitation therapies after amputation or other serious surgery and treatments is to make you as independent as possible so that you can cope with everyday life. It’s important to understand that rehab can be a fast but also slow process and may last for many months. It requires the skilled support of doctors, nurses, counselors and therapists.
Where can you have rehab after hospital?
While rehab can begin even in hospital, you may need to continue it in a nursing home, or other rehab centers. That’s because rehab requires the skilled services of a team of specialists. They work with your family to devise an individualized care and recuperation plan.
After some illnesses or medical interventions, you may need to relearn how to balance or move around. For this kind of post-hospital rehab the patient will almost certainly need physical and/or occupational therapy. Recovery from other illnesses will require a different approach. For instance, if you’ve had a stroke, you may have to relearn how to speak, eat, cook, dress, or bathe.
The staff will treat you like a family member and give you the medical and emotional support you need. The Home has all the latest digital equipment and facilities to help with any rehab therapy you may need.
An important part of most rehab after you’ve been discharged from hospital is physical therapy. For amputees this may include practicing to use your new prosthesis or artificial limb. In most cases it will involve closely monitored muscle-strengthening exercises and general conditioning exercises.
Since many adults, especially elderly people in rehab are prone to falling over, rehab often also includes exercises to improve your balance.
What other support can I expect during rehab?
Some patients will need help with pain management, swallowing, dealing with swellings or sleep routines. Rehab practitioners in a nursing home are well-versed in what to do in each individual case.
You will also get the best advice on what to do to stay healthy. No surprises here: no smoking or drinking alcohol. And diet is also very important for rehab after hospital. A varied diet, rich in minerals and vitamins, with lots of fresh fruit and veg, is what is needed.
At all times the staff in our rehab and nursing home encourage a positive attitude. They understand the importance of socializing, chatting, and having a laugh. All these things can aid your sense of well-being and should be an important part of your rehab program. Emotional support is also very important to help patients feel good in themselves and about themselves.
Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brooklyn NY has skilled staff with the experience and empathy to help you get better. They draw up a personalized care plan to ensure the best possible outcomes for your rehab after a hospital stay.