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Short-Term Rehabilitative Care vs. Long-Term Skilled Care: What Are the Differences?

March 1, 2022

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Since every rehabilitation journey is unique, it’s essential to know the correct care and support you need for your situation. After experiencing an injury, fall, or another issue, you should meet with your primary care physician to discuss your options for short-term rehabilitative care or long-term skilled care. Understanding the benefits of both types of care can help you assess your needs and make the right choice for your future care.

What is Short-Term Rehabilitative Care?

Short-term rehabilitative care can include any of these types of services:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Skilled nursing (if needed on a short-term basis)

Short-term care after an injury is specifically intended to help you restore your body strength and help you return to your day-to-day life as quickly as possible. This type of rehab usually involves treatment sessions after an injury, accident, or illness.

What makes short-term rehabilitative care valuable? This type of care provides:

  • Defined outcomes
  • Temporary inpatient stay
  • Smoother transitions from the hospital to home
  • Home or on-site therapy sessions
  • Resolution in a short time frame

What is Long-Term Skilled Care?

This is a type of treatment for individuals suffering from:

  • Chronic disease
  • Chronic illness
  • Debilitating condition or disability

Long-term skilled care is designed to provide 24/7 in-depth care and support. In a skilled nursing facility, you’ll receive the medical treatments you need for your condition, as well as help with the activities associated with daily living.

Long-term skilled care is valuable because it provides:

  • Support with activities associated with daily living
  • Treatment of chronic symptoms
  • Inpatient treatments tailored to specific needs
  • Ongoing observation, support and evaluation
  • Treatments and programs geared toward improved quality of life

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

At Walnut Place, we offer 24/7 skilled nursing care provided by highly trained professionals in a comfortable, supportive, and friendly environment. No matter the level of skilled nursing care required, our team can meet your needs now and well into the future.

We understand each person is unique, and each treatment approach needs to be just as unique. We take an individualized approach to care in our skilled nursing facility while providing the highest quality of life possible for our residents.

At Walnut Place, skilled nursing residents benefit from:

  • Furnished private and semiprivate rooms
  • Around-the-clock nursing and nursing aide care
  • Twice-weekly housekeeping and weekly bed linen service
  • 3 daily meals with personal menu options
  • Personalized programming and activities
  • 24/7 emergency call system
  • Pharmacy services

Learn More About Rehabilitation and Long-Term Skilled Care at Walnut Place

You can be confident you’ll be in good hands when you choose Walnut Place for long-term skilled nursing care or short-term rehabilitation. You’ll receive not only the care and support you need, but you’ll also enjoy a variety of daily services and amenities that make life more enjoyable.

We invite you to schedule a tour of our long-term skilled nursing facility. Contact us today so we can answer your questions and help you determine if we’re  a good fit for your needs.

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