First, let’s explain the definition of rehabilitation. Rehab is care that helps you get back and improve on abilities that you need for daily life. Those abilities can be mental, physical, and cognitive. You might have lost them due to an injury or disease. In some cases people have had side effects from medical treatment and lost certain abilities. Rehabilitation is here to boost your daily life and functions so you can be as independent as you can. Two different types of rehab are short-term and long-term. The treatment plans vary based on which route you need.  
 The rehabilitation treatment process starts with understanding the right type of treatment you need for your specific situation. A short-term rehab service includes things like physical, occupational, and speech therapy. There are also skilled nursing services that may be offered under short-term. You must understand the differences between short and long term care, you will be able to improve your life and recover from injuries at an obtainable rate. A rehabilitation program often includes multiple different health care providers who help you. They work with you to determine your goals and treatment plan. Some treatments include but are not limited to things like music, physical therapy, speech-language therapy, nutritional counseling, art therapy, and cognitive learning. Each plan depends on the individual’s needs.
 
Short-term care is a treatment that has a set outcome. Treatment for an injury is short-term care. The objective is to care after an injury so that you can get your body back to normal. Typically when you have short-term care the treatment is fixated on that specific injury. You may also fall under short-term therapy if you have had surgery, an illness, or injury from an accident. Physical therapy comes into play when talking about short-term care. It is one of the most effective ways to get your body back to its potential. 4-6 weeks being the average time spent in recovery. The amount of time depends on your personal circumstance.
 
Long-term rehabilitation for example would be someone suffering from a stroke. If you have had short-term care in the past, but never recovered and can not perform daily routines, it might be time to consider long-term. Usually, long-term care is a giveaway that you are on your way into a care facility. The care facility would then become your new home and you can receive a treatment plan for your symptoms. Long-term care is typically ideal for elderly patients, and those suffering from a chronic disease or severe medical condition. This treatment has more advanced levels of care and training that are required.
 
If you are still not certain about whether or not long-term or short-term is best for you. Please give us a call at (914) 636-2800 or send us an inquiry so we can help!
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