A rehabilitation center is a care facility that offers specialized programs to restore or improve a person's health. Rehabilitation centers can stand alone. Other times, they may be in a wing inside a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Rehabilitation centers can be inpatient or outpatient. Meaning that sometimes individuals stay overnight, and other times they only receive care during the day. The type of rehab center an individual needs depends on the severity of their condition.
Rehabilitative care usually happens after an injury, illness, or surgery. It's very common for elderly individuals to need rehab care after a hospitalization or intensive procedure. Rehabilitative care can be short-term or long-term.
The goal of this care is to help the individual regain their previous health level before their medical event or condition. Common services offered in rehabilitation centers include:
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Custodial care and help with activities of daily living
- Skilled care and wound care
- Education about the program and recovery process