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Shopping for Rehabilitation is Like Comparing Apples to Oranges

If you or a loved one needs rehabilitation after an illness, injury or surgery, you have a choice in where to go. Although facilities offer rehabilitation services, the quality and amount of these services can vary. It is important to know that all rehabilitation is not the same.

When comparing inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) like HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals of Pittsburgh in Harmarville and Sewickley to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), research concludes that long-term outcomes for inpatient rehabilitation facility patients are superior—they return home two weeks earlier, have 8% lower mortality rate, 5% fewer emergency room visits and significantly fewer hospital readmissions per year*.

Patients treated in an inpatient setting like HealthSouth Harmarville or Sewickley also receive a mandatory minimum of three hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy level of services a day, five days a week and benefit from 24-hour nurse oversight and availability. Additionally, IRF patients get frequent physician visits and increased nursing hours per patient.

HealthSouth Harmarville and HealthSouth Sewickley are also Joint Commission Accredited for several of their therapy programs. Harmarville is accredited for stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, amputee, diabetes and spinal cord injury while Sewickley is accredited for stroke, brain injury, amputee, hip fracture, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

This means the rehabilitation programs underwent an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers and were evaluated against Joint Commission standards. To earn the certification, both hospitals successfully demonstrated compliance with national standards and effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care for patients.

Both HealthSouth hospitals also utilize a variety of technology services to complement traditional therapy. These technologies help improve patient functional independence measures and are a beneficial and complimentary component to the patient’s overall care plan.

In many ways, comparing HealthSouth Harmarville and Sewickley to SNF facilities is like comparing apples and oranges. When in need of any kind of rehabilitation care, it’s important to shop around and compare what facilities have to offer.

For more information, visit demandhealthsouth.com or call 877-937-7342

*Dobson|DaVanzo analysis of research identifiable 20% sample of Medicare beneficiaries, 2005-2009

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