What is a Senior Rehabilitation Center?

Senior rehabilitation centers help people recovering from an injury or a serious medical condition to reduce their physical pain and improve function. They often include services like:
  • Physical therapy to help improve mobility, balance, flexibility, increase strength, and manage pain
  • Occupational therapy to assist with daily activities, use of adaptive equipment, or motor skills
  • Speech therapy to help with impaired communication abilities, swallowing, or cognitive skills like as attention or memory

For more information on Washington Care Center’s long and short term rehab services please call (206) 577-6200

Senior rehabilitation centers may also offer inpatient and outpatient services. Your loved one may need inpatient rehabilitation if they need around-the-clock care and continuous monitoring.

Inpatient rehab requires those recovering from a serious injury, debilitating disease, or major surgery to stay at a facility for a period of time. This type of rehab allows for intensive care that generally includes daily physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

An inpatient rehabilitation facility may offer meals provided by dietitians, exercise classes, social activities, and counseling services while offering skilled medical care and assistance with daily activities.

Outpatient rehab also offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy but in outpatient rehab seniors live at home and go to the rehab center to complete their rehabilitation.

Long-Term vs. Short-Term rehabilitation for senior patients

Your loved one’s health will dictate how much rehab they need, whether it’s long or short term. For example, after a minor surgery, your parent may only require a short stay at a senior rehab center. But serious or chronic conditions like heart problems or a stroke, may require several months of rehabilitation services at a skilled nursing home that offers 24/7 care.

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