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What Is Short-Term Rehab?

Posted on 
January 18, 2024

Short-Term Rehab is an on-site stay for someone recovering physically after a surgical procedure or injury. For example, following knee replacement surgery, one might need intensive recuperation and assistance while rebuilding muscle and range of motion in their leg. Seniors are at high risk of injury from slip-and-fall accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury for those 65 and over. A senior who sustains an injury that impacts mobility might find it beneficial to finish their recovery in rehab, where they can receive regular physical and occupational therapy. 

Who's a Good Candidate for Short-Term Rehab?

A personal assessment is the first step in determining if a person is a good fit for Short-Term Rehab. After the hospital has set a patient on the path toward healing, a Short-Term Rehab program might work toward finishing the process, helping the individual regain their full range of motion and motor skills. To get the most out of physical and occupational therapies, a person must be able to participate for at least 3 hours per day. While those 3 hours might not mean continual movement, they do require the ability to stay awake and aware for extended periods while working with a multidisciplinary care team on various skills. 

A person who can't handle this level of participation might need to spend a bit longer in the hospital before transferring to our program, which is rated a Five-Star High-Performance program by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report highlights Falcons Landing's Johnson Center as an award-winning short-term rehab center. That means residents, even those just at Falcons Landing for a few weeks, can experience the care and attention to detail that goes into every aspect of life in this community. 

What Benefits Does Short-Term Rehab Offer?

Short-Term Rehabilitation is all about returning a person to their best functionality. That means they continue to recover in a setting designed to strengthen their body, improve circulation, minimize the risk of complications and generally ensure a straight path to recovery. 

During rehab, residents have plenty of social opportunities to help keep their spirits up, along with helping hands for tasks such as dressing and bathing. The chores are taken care of, so a rehab resident only needs to focus on getting better and stronger as fast as possible. By working with highly skilled occupational and physical therapists, residents in this program learn how to move and work their muscles to actively support recovery. 

At Falcons Landing, Short-Term Rehab offers all the same benefits of living in a spacious, continuing-care retirement community, and the individual can return to their home after completing rehabilitation. Sometimes, a stay in rehab is enough to help a senior make otherwise tough decisions about what to do in their retirement. 

Am I Eligible to Receive Short-Term Rehab at Falcons Landing?

While Independent Living residences are only available to former military members, their spouses and those with government work on their resume, those restrictions do not apply to other levels of care. No military or government background is needed for those entering Short-Term Rehab, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living or Memory Care at Falcons Landing. If you or a loved one need round-the-clock assistance while recovering from an illness, Falcons Landing is one of the top choices in the DMV region. Located in Potomac Falls, VA, it's home to top-notch Skilled Nursing services, Assisted Living residences and Short and Long-Term Rehab options. 

Contact your insurance provider to find out if your health insurance covers your stay, what rehab options are in-network and how many days you can be a live-in patient at a rehab community. We accept Medicare but may not participate in all Medicare Advantage plans, so ask about all the options when getting information from your insurance company. 

Contact the team at Falcons Landing today to get more information about the rehabilitation programs we offer on-site. Call 703-404-5205 to find out if our program is suitable for you and your recovery. 

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