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What is a rehabilitation hospital?
A rehabilitation hospital is a facility that provides care on an inpatient basis. Rehabilitation hospitals use an interdisciplinary team to provide treatment for a wide range of conditions, including strokes, bone fractures, spinal injuries, and joint replacements. These facilities also treat those who suffer from neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy.
What type of therapy do rehabilitation patients receive?
Rehabilitation patients might receive physical therapy designed to strengthen their bodies and help them achieve greater independence in handling day-to-day tasks. They might also receive speech therapy to help restore their communication skills. Psychological or psychiatric therapy can be provided to those with neurological diagnoses.
What is acute rehabilitation?
Acute rehabilitation is used to care for those who suffer from and especially traumatic or debilitating illness or disease. This type of rehabilitation is also used to help patients recover from certain types of surgery. Acute rehabilitation, which is intensive is often administered on an inpatient basis, with an attending physician onsite to manage all aspects of a patient's care.
What is vocational rehabilitation?
Vocational rehabilitation is a process that helps those who suffer from impairments and disabilities gain the skills they need to join or reenter the workforce. This type of rehabilitation can include medical and psychological assessment, career counseling and guidance, job placement, job coaching, medical and/or psychological treatment, and on-the-job training.
What is an outpatient rehab program?
An outpatient rehab program is one that takes place at a facility that does not require an overnight stay. Outpatient rehab programs are less expensive than inpatient care. In certain cases, outpatient care might follow inpatient treatment, and this is done to help a patient integrate rehabilitation protocols into daily living.
What is rehabilitation therapy?
Rehabilitation therapy is the care and treatment a patient receives after a health crisis, such as injury or illness. This type of therapy is used to address a wide range of illnesses, including cancer, stroke, and cardiac arrest. Rehabilitation therapy is also used to help people recover from accidents, and it may be used help treat drug and alcohol addiction.
What are rehabilitation services?
Rehabilitation services help those who have been debilitated by illness, injury, or disability gain the skills they need for daily living. Physical and occupational therapy often play key roles in this type of care, and as well as speech-language pathology and psychiatric rehabilitation. Rehabilitation might take place in an inpatient or outpatient environment.
What are some questions to ask a daycare as part of the selection process?
In addition to questions about cost, ask any potential daycare provider about licensing or accreditations and qualifications. Other questions to consider:
- What is the staff-to-child ratio?
- How long have they been in business? (Longevity and stability are highly desirable)
- Can you get references?
- How safe is the center?
- What plans are in place if a child gets sick?
- What (if any) is the curriculum?
- If transportation is necessary to get a child to or from the facility, what is the vehicle arrangement?
- What are the visitation rules?
- Are you closed during holidays?
- What is your cancellation policy if we leave?
- What if my child gets hurt while in your care?
What is a good caregiver-to-child ratio?
Having enough staff may be the most important part of any daycare provider. Having a staff-to-child ratio of 1:3 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, and 1:9 for preschool-aged children is considered ideal. Generally the rule is, the younger the children the higher the caregiver-to-child ratio. Having more than that can be fine, but less than that is not.
How much does daycare cost?
The typical cost of full-time daycare is around $1,000 a month. That’s the average – you can spend more or less depending on your location, the type of daycare your child is attending, and if it is full or part-time. Also be sure to ask if it’s a year-round daycare. If it’s not, or they are closed for certain holidays, you will need to arrange for additional childcare coverage.