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Living Independently After An Illness With Assisted Living And Rehabilitation Services

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While many people think of assisted living facilities as being long-term homes for the elderly, this doesn't have to be the case. In fact, there are short-term facilities dedicated to rehabilitation following surgeries or medical problems. Here are several ways an assisted living facility like Stonehill Care Center can help people recover following injuries. 

Physical Therapy: Setting You Up for An Independent Life

The main thing people think of at an independent living facility with rehabilitation services is the ability to go through physical therapy. This is often recommended after surgeries like hip replacements, spinal fusions, or even if a patient has a simple broken bone that has affected their gait or ability to stand for long periods of time. 

Residents work with licensed physical therapists and nurses to restore:

  • Lost strength
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Mobility

The goal of this program is to get the residents of the care facility ready to go home to their family home. Through exercise, it's hoped that the quality of life of the patient will be extended. 

Speech Therapy: Giving Your Back Your Voice

Speech therapy is a specialty of many independent living facilities with rehabilitation programs. Illnesses such as strokes, brain injuries, and even heart attacks can result in difficulties speaking, so this rehabilitation program can help you get your voice back. 

Residents of the program work with a set of skilled nurses who follow a medical order provided by the overseeing physician. This program teaches residents how to:

  • Speak after losing the ability to do so
  • Eat, if swallowing or chewing has become difficult 
  • Use the tongue, mouth, and lips to speak clearly despite needing to retrain the body to do so.

Transitional Rooms: Getting You Ready for Independent Living

As a person who is likely not yet ready to move into a full-time assisted-living facility, you may wish to stay only temporarily in a transitional room as you recover from surgery. Transitional rooms have several benefits. 

  1. They appear as apartments with a bed, dining room, kitchen appliances, and other traditional items. 
  2. The rooms are designed to allow patients the freedom to transition back to home life with the added benefit of assistance being available when needed. 

Because the rooms appear homey instead of sterile, many patients enjoy their stay and feel more comfortable with this layout. Once they are comfortable with living in the temporary transitional room, they are able to go back to their homes with the skills needed to live independently.