The good news is that the senior you care for is on the road to recovery after an injury or fall. But now you have to find an appropriate rehabilitation center to help him regain mobility so he can continue to live independently. The question on your mind is how to quickly find a rehabilitation center with the capability to address his particular physical therapy needs.
Talk to the Doctor
One way to begin your search is to ask the doctor or surgeon caring for your senior to recommend the best rehabilitation facility for your loved one’s particular injury. In many cases, the doctor will prescribe a course of treatment at a specific rehab center he or she believes is most appropriate, whether it be cardiac, pulmonary, or orthopedic rehab. In some cases a doctor may even suggest the best local physical therapist. If you are not present during the senior’s last appointment with the physician, simply call the doctor’s office and ask the staff for a list of rehabilitation facilities they would suggest. This question is asked so often that they usually have this information printed out for patients.
Ask a Social Worker
Another way to find a top-quality rehabilitation center is to contact a social worker to help you, particularly if your senior’s injury landed him in the hospital. Part of the social worker’s job is to ensure that patients make the transition to the next stage in their recovery, especially if it requires inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation. Social workers will often have a list of local facilities and can even suggest those most convenient to the patient if it means transportation back and forth for treatment.
There are also great, reliable resources to be found online, such as the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent nonprofit organization. On their website, click the search link “Find an Accredited Provider,” then type in your city and state, and all of the accredited inpatient and outpatient rehab centers located there will pop up. Or go to Dorland Health’s Case Management Resource Guide, click on the “Rehab” tab, and a summary of companies that provide rehab centers, listed by specialty, will appear.
You can also check out the annual list of top-ranked hospitals for rehabilitation by US News & World Report, which includes at least one center in every region of the country. You’ll discover an entire world of options available that can help the senior you care for get back on a sure footing as fast as possible.