Not all Physical Rehabilitation Centers are alike. As a Senior, choosing the correct Rehab Facility is crucial in helping make a speedy, full recovery.

Whether it is a hip replacement, knee replacement, stroke recovery or a cardiac episode; there are key elements to help guide you in making the best choice.

While most Physical Rehabilitation Centers look alike, they are not the same and those differences can make your stay both shorter and more effective in attaining your optimal recovery.

What are the key elements that you or your family should look for?
Most of us assume that it is all about having state-of-the-art equipment. This is true, but only up to a point.

For example, does the Rehab Center view you, not as only a patient, but as an individual?  In other words, no “Cookie Cutter” Approach.  Be certain that your rehabilitation takes your real day to day activities into account.

Think about this: Do you have to walk up a flight of stairs when you return home?  If yes, a 3-step stair climber is not sufficient.  Can the Rehab Facility put you on a real, full-sized staircase as a part of your daily rehabilitation regiment?   If you are going to drive a car when you get home, a simulated car will not be enough. They should be using your actual car during rehabilitation sessions.

Also, look for a facility that have therapists who monitor you from start to finish, not just the day of therapy, but throughout your entire course of care.

Does your Rehab Facility have an experienced, cohesive team that takes “ownership” of your recovery before, during and after rehab (when you return home)?

Your rehabilitation team should be getting you back to the functional lifestyle of your real life, to be enjoyed at optimal levels.  In short, a wholistic approach from the start of day to the end of day.

Another key element in a Physical Rehabilitation Facility is the general nursing and support staff, even when you are not in a rehab session.  Does this staff monitor your needs with something as simple as your pain medications, your dietary needs and the general tidiness of you room? 

One important question to find out: Do all departments maintain individual patient communication updates at weekly team meetings?

Does the Rehabilitation Facility focus on the functional outcome of rehab as its primary goal?  All departments should know at all times what the patient is doing, and discharge planning should begin the moment you walk through the door.

Finally, despite the best of care, there is always the chance you might be back for another reason. Ask yourself: Would you return to that Rehabilitation Facility?