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Benefits of Short-Term Rehabilitation for Seniors

May 10, 2022

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Have you recently had surgery or an unexpected injury? Your doctor might recommend short-term rehabilitation to aid in your recovery journey. Ideally, entering rehab happens immediately after a procedure before going home, but many seniors are hesitant without knowing the benefits. While it’s always important to trust your physician and follow their recommendations, it’s natural to have some questions about the benefits of short-term rehabilitation for seniors. 

Depending on where you live, your options for a productive recovery may include:

  • Standalone rehab centers
  • Rehab departments within hospitals
  • Senior living communities with dedicated rehabilitation areas (sometimes called “neighborhoods”)


What Is Short-Term Rehabilitation?

Short-term senior rehabilitation for the elderly provides 24/7 medical and therapeutic services to older adults following an injury, accident, or illness. These services are intended for temporary use, and most individuals experience recovery within weeks or a couple of months. 


What Are the Benefits of a Short-Term Rehab Center Within a Senior Living Community?

Many senior living communities offer short-term rehabilitation neighborhoods that can provide various benefits to recovering seniors. Senior living communities tailor short-term senior rehabilitation to your needs, offering numerous services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. Some of the other beneficial reasons to consider short-term rehab within a full-service senior living community include:

  • Warm, caring environment – Throughout your recovery, you need support from the people around you. At Monticello West, you’ll benefit from the cozy and inviting quality of our Dallas, Texas, senior living community. We treat everyone like family and provide highly trained rehab specialists. Many people prefer the ambiance of such a setting over a more clinical environment they might find in a hospital rehab department. 
  • Help is always available – If you choose to go immediately home after a surgery or accident, you rely on family and friends to provide the support you need. Since your family can’t offer 24/7 care, you might not get the immediate attention you need. At Monticello West, licensed caregivers are on-site day and night, so someone is always available to help. 
  • On-site therapy – Rehabilitation facilities provide on-site therapy treatments to help short-term residents get the care they need, when they need it. Monticello West offers a highly qualified team of therapists, nurses, physicians and more. Having access to physical, occupational and speech therapy can speed up recovery and ensure the quickest path to healing.
  • Organized activities – Monticello West is a full-service senior living community that offers numerous inviting amenities, convenient services and interesting activities for all to enjoy. While you may be only a short-term guest, you’re welcome to take advantage of the many opportunities around you. So while you’re doing the hard work to speed up your recovery, you can also enjoy chef-prepared meals and good times at social events.  
  • Make recovery a priority – If you go back to your everyday life immediately after a hospital stay or surgery, you’re responsible for daily home maintenance. Short-term rehabilitation for the elderly offers a respite from home maintenance. Residents don’t have to worry about household responsibilities and can instead focus all their energy on recovery. 

The benefits of short-term rehab for seniors are countless, and if you’ve been considering your options, we recommend you speak with your physician to come up with a rehabilitation plan that gets you back on your feet as soon as possible. 


Recover Faster with Senior Rehabilitation at Monticello West

Monticello West offers residents a continuum of care Monticello West residents have preferred access to care when and if it’s ever needed. You’ll have access to individualized care designed specifically to optimize healing and restore your confidence, strength and sense of independence.

Interested in touring our senior living community? You’re invited to schedule a personal visit to explore the aspects of our community that are most important to your recovery journey.


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