Do you have a surgery in the next few weeks or coming months? You might want to be looking for post-hospital rehab centers.
If you’re wondering how you’ll know if you need rehab, don’t worry—your surgeon will let you know if any will be necessary after your procedure. Assuming you do need rehab, it’s always a good idea to start looking before your stay in the hospital so everything is squared away.
Finding options won’t be a problem—there are many, many rehab centers out there. The challenging part is finding the best one for you and your needs.
One of the things we advise you to look for is the discharge rate of a center.
Why does that matter? Let’s take a closer look.
Choosing a Short-term Rehab Center for Your Recovery
There are many rehab centers in and around Columbus. But some are definitely more progressive than others and have a stronger record for delivering positive patient outcomes.
When comparing centers, you’ll first want to make sure that the rehab centers you are considering really are rehab centers. It’s easy to confuse nursing homes who offer some rehab services with a true rehab center.
Here’s the difference: the ultimate goal of a rehab center is to help each patient continue their recovery and return home. A nursing home, on the other hand, is a place where older adults or people with disabilities live on a permanent basis.
This is where the importance of discharge rates come in.
Post-Hospital Rehab and Therapy Center Discharge Rates
At a rehab center that offers occupational, speech and physical therapy, success is typically measured by how many patients return home to live independently (if that is their goal) after receiving services. This is what’s known as the discharge rate (specifically, discharging to home).
Discharge to home rates are important because they show you how effective a rehab center is. If a center has a good track record of getting patients back up to their optimal health and returned to independent living in their homes, that’s a great sign that you can trust them for your rehab.
In other words, a good discharge to home rate means that patients consistently received the proper care to get them back on their feet and they don’t need to move to an assisted living community or receive other assistive services as a result of their surgery.
Essentially, that’s why discharge rates matter when choosing a rehab center: because they’re a quantifiable way to measure a center’s success rate.
Other Tips for Choosing a Columbus, Ohio Post-Hospital Rehab Center
Here are some other ways to measure how successful a post-hospital rehab center is:
- Ask the rehab center how many patients are admitted and discharged from their community in an average month. A higher patient volume is a sign of a strong rehab program.
- See if you can discover what third party alliances the rehab center has. Ask which Columbus area hospitals they have partnerships with to help you determine what level of confidence local health care leaders have in the rehab center.
- Ask about the education and experience of the rehab team. Also find out how long they have been a part of the rehab center’s staff. Longevity combined with experience can make a big difference in how quickly and completely a patient recovers from an illness or planned surgery.
Of course, there are other questions you’ll want to ask besides how successful a center is. After all, you’ll be staying there so you want it to be as enjoyable as possible. Try asking these questions when touring a rehab center to get a better feel for what you can expect from your stay.
Finally, pay attention to the non-verbal cues of rehab team members when you tour a rehab center. Do they seem confident in their skills and abilities? That is another positive sign that the rehab center is a good one.
Columbus and Central Ohio Post-Hospital Rehab Centers
Did you know? When a patient has the goal of returning home, the MacIntosh care centers have a 94% rate of success getting them prepared to return home to continue life with renewed health and confidence to manage their care needs. If you’d like to learn more about the MacIntosh difference, contact us today.