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Why Short-Term Rehabilitation Is More Beneficial at a Senior Living Community

For older adults and their loved ones, creating a care plan can provide security and relief down the road.

If a senior needs surgery or is hospitalized due to an injury or illness, it’s important to understand all options that will help ease the recovery journey before returning home. One aspect of that care plan may include short-term rehabilitation.

We’ll share the details about this care option, why it’s more beneficial to enter a short-term rehabilitation center versus receiving care at home, and everything you can expect from our services at The Grand Royale.

What is short-term rehabilitation?

Short-term rehabilitation is a recovery care option that provides around-the-clock health services in a non-hospital setting.

The purpose of a short-term rehab center is to help patients recover from an illness, procedure, or injury in a warm, caring environment. This type of care is not meant to be long-term or ongoing.

Typically, a medical care team will create a discharge treatment plan before the patient leaves the hospital. This is when patients and their loved ones will need to choose whether to transition to a short-term rehabilitation center to receive care or arrange home health services.

Which option is better? It’s important to keep in mind that patient needs vary by situation. We’re here to help guide the decision-making process by breaking down the general differences between short-term rehabilitation at a senior living community versus home health care.

Rehabilitation services at a community versus at-home care

What can you expect from rehabilitation services at a senior living community? Why can it be more beneficial than at-home care? Let’s compare the two.

Short-term rehabilitation at a senior living community

After being discharged from the hospital, many patients transition to a senior living community for short-term care. This safe environment comes with the constant support of trained professionals as well as access to the wide array of services and amenities the community provides to its full-time residents.

Essentially, everything a patient needs to recover is all in one place. This includes:

  • Dining

  • Wellness programs

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, toileting, and medication management

  • Healthcare services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapies

  • Private room

Short-term rehabilitation at home

We understand the first thing a patient wants to do after being discharged from the hospital is to return to the comfortable surroundings of home.

If this is their preference, at-home rehabilitation means:

  • It’s your responsibility to schedule nurse and therapist visitation

  • Rearranging of furniture to accommodate recovery

  • Daily ADLs, chores and meals are the responsibility of the patient and their loved ones

While it’s true that many seniors thrive in a familiar setting, the added stresses of home maintenance and not having 24-hour access to care can be challenging.

Three short-term rehabilitation benefits at a community

We believe that in order for a senior to receive the best care and recover well, they should choose a senior living community like The Grand Royale. Three major benefits of our short-term rehabilitation are:

  1. 24/7 supervised care

  2. A break for family caregivers

  3. The convenience of on-site physical and occupational therapies

At The Grand Royale, our goal is to get seniors back to living their best lives.

Find dedicated senior rehabilitation in Kansas City

The Grand Royale provides dedicated, 24/7 Short-Term Rehabilitation services for seniors who need extra care before going home. Our Short-Term Rehabilitation stays include the same amenities and programs offered to full-time residents, bringing peace and comfort to seniors and their loved ones. Learn more about our services and lifestyle today.


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