Short-Term vs. Long-Term Rehab vs. Outpatient Therapy for Patients

Whether you or your loved one is recovering from an injury or surgery or living with a serious illness or disability, there are several options to help improve your quality of life and regain your independence. In case you didn’t know, Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation offers short-term and long-term rehabilitation, as well as outpatient therapy for patients. The best type of care will depend on your unique health needs. Let’s take a look at the differences regarding short-term and long-term rehab, along with outpatient therapy, which will help you determine the best choice for you or your loved one.

Short-Term Rehabilitation

Short-term rehab provides services designed to help patients’ recover from any injury or surgery, to regain strength and mobility, and to achieve the highest quality of life possible. If you or your loved one has had a chronic condition or slow recovery from surgery, this short-term care helps rebuild your abilities and improve your strength, overall health, and confidence. The main focus is to help you return to your prior living setting as quickly and safely as possible. Since this is a temporary solution, patients can focus on reaching their goals while a care team assists with activities of daily living (ADLs). 

In general, short-term rehab is covered by Medicare and other major insurances. Patients that receive short-term care have access to a professional care team, including nurses, doctors, and therapists. Once the patient’s doctor has determined that the patient is fully recovered, the next step is for the patient to return to their prior living setting, usually at home.

Long-Term Rehabilitation

With certain health conditions, injuries, or disabilities, you or your loved one may still require additional rehabilitation. Long-term rehabilitation is an excellent option that provides a homelike atmosphere and constant nursing care. If patients do not need short-term rehab, they can still benefit from long-term rehab if they are living with degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. The main goal with this care is to provide a safe, supportive, and stable environment where patients can live the highest quality of life possible and engage with others while receiving assistance as needed. Long-term rehab facilities are usually offered through senior living communities or skilled nursing communities. 

Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient therapy is for patients that need an individual treatment plan that may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Each patient’s treatment plan is designed to help patients maximize their outcomes and quality of life. This plan will focus on helping patients overcome functional, physical, and/or communicative challenges. With this therapy, patients will return home in between their therapy sessions. Patients will continue their exercise at home according to their doctor’s instructions. Indeed, outpatient care is a great way to help patients transition from inpatient care to a patient’s prior living setting. 

Caring with Excellence                                         

At Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services, our short-term and long-term rehab is available for our residents that qualify for this care. Our rehabilitation provides physical, occupational, and outpatient therapy services to those that need it. Liberty’s expert team provides compassionate care and support to help our residents achieve their health goals. By putting our residents in control, this allows them to determine how they spend their day, such as when they wake up, eat, and what activities they participate in. This helps us provide caring with excellence in a way that helps residents live a healthy, happy, and meaningful life. When residents are feeling good, this will help motivate them to achieve their goals and regain their independence. If you or your loved one is interested in short-term rehabilitation or long-term rehabilitation services, contact Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services in Wilmington, NC today.