Outpatient rehabilitation is going strong due to what has been learned about injury and rehabilitation. Many people are allowed to recover in the comfort of their homes and have outpatient rehabilitation. One of the factors to being able to do outpatient rehabilitation is that the person needs to be able to take care of himself or herself at home or have someone that can assist at home. When this is not possible or there are other medical issues, a person will be admitted to a rehabilitation facility. During rehabilitation, a person may need special medical equipment at home, like a wheelchair or special bed. There are various conditions and injuries that will qualify for outpatient rehabilitation.
GERIATRIC OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION
With geriatric outpatient rehabilitation there are often other medical and physical issues that may affect rehabilitation. The normal aging process may limit the results of rehabilitation, but it will still improve the quality of life. Falls often cause the majority of injuries to geriatric patients. Walkers and wheelchairs can reduce the risk of falls. This kind of rehabilitation may provide assistance with the following for geriatric patients:
* Joint problems
* Chronic pain
NEUROLOGICAL OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION
These can be more difficult due to the fact there will be a limit to what can be done. In addition neurological issues may take longer to see results and it can be ongoing out a specific date of expected recover. The symptoms and need are ever changing as time passes. No only is the patient affected, but so is their family. It is suggested for both the patient and those close to him or her to join a support group or get a mentor to help prepare for the changes.
* Alzheimer’s disease
* Brain injury
* Cerebral palsy
* Multiple sclerosis
* Parkinson’s disease
* Spinal cord injury
USE OF A WHEELCHAIR DURING REHABILITATION
During rehabilitation, mobility may be limited. A wheelchair can come in handy. If the mobility will be affected for an extended period of time or permanently, it may be worth renting a wheelchair. If it is temporary, then it may be better to rent a wheelchair.
When a person’s mobility is restricted, a wheelchair can make it easier on a caregiver and the patient to be able to get around. This will allow a patient to be able to participate in as many activities they can during their recovery time.
OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION SCHEDULE
When attending outpatient rehabilitation for an injury or illness, it will be most effective when each appointment is kept. It is the consistent exercises and movements that will result in progress for the person receiving the rehabilitation. Each session will last various amounts of time depending what needs to be done. This is also true for how long the person will be attending.
When sessions aren’t attended, other health issues occur, or progress isn’t being made, the rehabilitation may be extended or need to be re-evaluated. It may be extended, changed, or stopped. When a person is no longer able to progress with rehabilitation may be stopped. It can also be stopped if there is a new injury or illness.
INSURANCE AND OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION
Insurance will cover different types of rehabilitation for varying amount of times. Contacting your insurance company to find out what will be covered is important. This way you can make sure that the most is being made out of the services that the insurance will cover.
Especially after a surgery or other medical procedure there will usually be covered rehabilitation. Standard outpatient rehabilitation will be covered and anything extra, even if proven effective will need to be covered by the patient.
Source by Carmen Linehan