The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) calls inpatient rehabilitation “a critical bridge from acute care to returning to daily life.” The unique and specialized care provided in these programs is essential to the continued recovery of patients with debilitating medical conditions.
An inpatient medical rehabilitation program is a highly individualized treatment plan that improves a patient’s function, mobility, and independence.
The goal of this treatment is to help patients recover enough to live independently at home and return to work, school, or other activities they typically enjoy. It focuses on restoring skills and abilities needed to perform daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing, and eating, as well as other medical, physical, and cognitive issues patients face as the result of severe medical conditions.
You may benefit from inpatient rehabilitation if you have experienced:
- Spinal cord injury
- Congenital deformity
- Major multiple trauma
- Hip fracture
- Brain injury
- Neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
Medicare and insurance companies often have specific criteria patients must meet to be eligible for inpatient rehab. If you or a loved one has experienced one of these conditions, talk to your doctor or insurance provider to find out if you qualify.
Patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation are treated by a team of highly trained medical professionals, including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and other clinicians.
Patients typically will spend hours a day in therapy to ensure they are recovering at the pace best suited for their needs. AMRPA has found this reduces medical complications and hospital readmissions, improves functional skills, and shortens hospital stays.
Inpatient rehabilitation centers play a crucial role in the care, treatment, and recovery of people with disabling injuries and illnesses. By tailoring treatment to individual needs and goals, the hospital team improves the abilities, independence, and quality of life of each patient.
For more information on how inpatient rehabilitation can help you, go to www.amrpa.org.