Understanding Out-Patient Rehab

By Ruby Cemental

A major illness, injury, or surgery, experienced by seniors is often times just the beginning of a very long and arduous journey. For much of the Medicare eligible population, extensive rehabilitative therapy must occur for them to return to a sense of normalcy. While there are different options available for rehab, let's take a look at how out-patient rehab works and how it can benefit seniors.

Out-Patient Rehab

In an outpatient rehabilitation model, the patient is transported to a rehab facility, and they undergo specific therapy techniques to strengthen the area that is causing a physical deficit after the major medical event. After the therapy session is complete, they are able to return home, unlike in-patient rehabilitation

Benefits of Out-Patient Rehab

  • Comfort of home: In an in-patient facility, there is an emotional turmoil that can be undertaken by the patient, and they can develop depression and feelings of helplessness. However, out-patient rehabilitation allows seniors to return to the peace, quiet, and familiarity of their own home. 

  • Flexibility: Seniors can schedule one or multiple therapy sessions per week as needed to complete their rehabilitation. This schedule is adaptable and can fit into a senior's lifestyle and daily routine. 

  • Limit distractions: When a senior is allowed to go home, they can perform exercises and rest between therapy sessions in a stress-free environment. When performing exercises at home, seniors can reduce distractions and remain focused.

  • Cost: As with any medical service, cost is usually at least a consideration that must be made. Obviously, being in a facility overnight will be more expensive because of the need for constant nursing care, having meals provided, and being charged for a bed. This is one area where an outpatient model of rehabilitation can really make a lot of sense, because the patient only pays for the services they need to use.

Drawbacks of Out-Patient Rehab

  • Transportation: One of the main drawbacks of out-patient rehab is that seniors need transportation to get to and from their appointments. Their ride may fall through, causing extra anxiety and stress. Additionally, it might be hard to get in and out of a car during recovery. 

  • Less Support: Much like in-home rehab, seniors attending out-patient rehab are not surrounded by a group of seniors. Being with other seniors who are experiencing the same thing can provide motivation and encouragement. However, seniors can still get support from their family. 

  • Not as intensive: Out-patient rehab is typically not as intense as in-patient rehabilitation. This could be a drawback if your senior loved one needs more attention and care as part of their recovery. 

At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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