Questions To Ask When Looking For A Short-Term Rehab Facility
Patients and families often know in advance that a short-term rehab stay will be required. At Santé, we advise patients to use this valuable time to evaluate and compare local short-term rehab facilities. Patients are able to choose a facility with confidence when they are well informed and all of their questions have been answered.
Knowing which questions to ask is often the first challenge. Many patients have never needed a short-term rehab stay before and aren’t sure what to ask. While every patient’s circumstances and needs are unique, these questions are a great place to start:
- Are you accepting new patients?
By first asking about bed availability, you can rule out facilities that are at capacity and focus your efforts on facilities that have room for you or your loved one.
- Do you offer the services I need?
Each patient leaves the hospital with a unique set of orders from their physician(s). These orders can include medications, treatments, diet restrictions, and therapy. It’s important to select a facility that provides the skilled nursing and therapy services you need.
- What amenities can I expect?
Because short-term rehabilitation stays can range from days to weeks in length, it’s important that you feel comfortable in the facility. Asking this question will help you learn more about special amenities like Wi-Fi, dining options, personal phone lines, and cable TV. Touring the facility is another crucial step in evaluating how you feel in the space.
- What is the staff-to-patient ratio?
Comparing the staff-to-patient ratio of nearby facilities can help you determine which facility is able to provide you with the most dedicated time and assistance from nursing and supportive staff.
- Do you accept my insurance?
Naturally, asking about insurance is important. In addition, you will want to consider the following:
- The total cost of rehabilitation at each facility you’re considering
- What is included in that cost
- Payment terms and payment options
Most facilities will help you determine whether your insurance covers post-acute rehabilitation. They can also help you find out what steps you need to take to ensure the stay is approved and covered if applicable.
At Santé, we offer a wide range of services and amenities for patients who come to stay for recovery from illness, injury, or surgery. Our goal is to make our patients feel comfortable and cared for as we work together toward healing. To learn more about short-term rehabilitation, stop by your local Santé today for a tour and to meet our caring staff.