Choosing a Short-Term Rehabilitation Facility For Your Parent or Senior Loved One

The first step to finding an appropriate rehabilitation facility for your parent or senior loved one is to determine the approximate length of stay that is required. For example, a minor health issue may only require a short term rehabilitation stay of anywhere from a couple of days to a month or so. In other cases, the patient may need to stay at the facility for several months following more advanced medical matters, like heart issues.

Before making a decision, take the time to visit one or more rehab centers for seniors. Ask to see patient rooms and common living spaces to evaluate the levels of cleanliness, comfort, and privacy that residents have. Some people feel uncomfortable sharing a room when they are ill or recovering, while others enjoy the companionship of a shared room during this time so ask if both private and shared rooms are available. Check out the dining options and menus to learn about what residents eat each day. Are the options varied and healthy or boring and unappetizing? Visit the community areas to find out about social events and activities. Ideally, the facility should offer a variety of group activities and programs including access to religious services, as well ways to support individual interests.


Although some people are hesitant to ask staff challenging questions, you should talk to them to make sure all your concerns are addressed. Ask about the availability of specialized staff with regard to you or your loved one’s specific needs. For example, a person with a physical injury might need staff who are trained and qualified in physical therapy and nursing. Inquire about personalized care plan and get actual details about it in advance. The staff should be able to provide information about the recovery process as well as therapy and rehabilitation. Apart from simply talking to the staff, it is also a good idea to talk to current residents or past clients if possible, to learn about their experiences and whether they recommend the facility. This will help you make your decision.

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Twin Cities Nursing and Rehab

1385 E Empire Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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