Choosing a Rehab Facility: What You Need to Consider

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Contemplating joint replacement surgery? According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 500,000 Americans have a knee replacement each year. Hip replacement is also common, with around 300,000 performed annually.

Those numbers have been on the rise over the last decade, and those receiving the surgery are choosing to do so at a younger age. As medical advances continue to progress, more people chose joint replacement as a solution to arthritis, avascular necrosis or old injuries.

Recovery and rehabilitation after surgery are different for each person. Choosing the right facility can be daunting, with many factors to consider.

Individualized Plan of Care is therapy geared around the patient’s personal needs; their strengths and weaknesses. Partnered with friends and family, an interdisciplinary team of professionals should work collectively to carry out the patient’s recovery goals. Ask yourself:

1. Will their home assessment and modification fit your current living environment once you discharge?

Physical Therapy is not one-size-fits-all. Patients should consider the facility’s measures for wound care management, IV treatment, and pain management. Also research their balance coordination plans, as well as their exercise routines for strength, flexibility and ambulation. Questions to ask include:

1. Do they have excercises that will help with strengthening?
2. Do you feel comfortable with the balance coordination plans they provide?
3. Will their exercises promote flexibility?
4. Do they have excercises that will improve your movement?
5. Will their pain relief benefits best fit you?
6. Will their wound care management be enough for your current wound?

Occupational Therapy is rehabilitation focused on daily tasks and activities. Occupational therapy should provide practice for adaptive self-care skills such as bathing and dressing. Patients should also receive adequate retraining with household appliances and wheelchair modification. Questions to ask include:

1.Do they have equiptment to practice adaptive self-care skills like bathing, dressing and self-feeding?
2. Do you feel comfortable with their techniques for nerve and muscle re-education?

3. Do you feel you would receive adequate retraining with household chores that utalize fine motor skills?
4. If wheelchair modifications are needed, do you feel this facility will adequately train you on proper usage?

Speech Therapy is centered on communication and speech disorders. Speech therapists help to improve communication and cognative skills, as well as introduce diet modification and teach safe swallowing/feeding techniques. Questions to ask iclude:

1. Do you feel the offered services and equiptment pertaining to communication, memory skills, swallowing and hearing loss will be adequate?
2. Do they offer suggestions on alternative communication methods if retraining is not effective?


Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center can help you answer therapy and care questions. For more information or a tour, call 248-674-2241 and let Lourdes help you Restore, Re-strengthen and Return home.