Skilled nursing facilities have witnessed consistent growth in the utilization of rehabilitation services in past decades. As a guest columnist for McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Mary Fran Thaler, PT, and Vice President of Administration for Hebrew Home at Riverdale, says this expansion in rehab services is in part due to demand by baby boomers for short-term rehabilitation.

Baby boomers expect to maintain their independence and remain living in their communities for as long as possible. Thaler says SNFs have seen a dramatic increase in short-term rehabilitation admissions because "rehabilitation services are focused on helping baby boomers achieve these goals."

Nursing centers have come to provide a stage in recovery where therapists devise an individualized plan of care and use skilled interventions and technology to maximize treatment gains in a short period of time. On top of implementing skilled techniques to help the patient regain function, the therapist serves as a patient's ally by educating them about his or her health condition and the physical changes that have taken place. Therapists also design unique activity programs for patients to empower them to proactively maintain their health after discharge.

For the full article about baby boomers and skilled nursing facilities, click here.

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services