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The scoop on Short-Term Rehab

Updated: Jul 8, 2019

The in's and out's of short-term rehabilitation therapy - - what it is and who needs it.


If you’ve experienced an accident, illness, or had any surgery lately, you’ll know that hospitals stays have become shorter and shorter. As the largest collector of longitudinal hospital care data in the United States, The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) published a report in June of 2017 on the subject of the length of hospital stays with data collected between 2005 and 2014, and confirmed what you experienced - - the length of hospital stays are in fact decreasing. So what do you do when it’s time to leave the hospital but you’re not ready to resume independent living?

That’s where short-term rehab, also known as post-acute rehab, comes into play. Short-term rehab is a form of secondary healthcare where patients receive active but short-term treatment required after a hospital stay for an accident, illness, or surgery and prescribed by a physician. And while it may be tempting to have a family member or friend help during this time, there is no replacement for the professional care you’ll receive at a short-term rehab facility such as Cortland Acres’ Blackwater Short-Term Rehab Center.



So when you’re searching for a short-term rehab facility, here's what you need to know.

What is Short Term Rehab?


Short-term rehabilitation provides around-the-clock medical care and therapeutic services designed to help a person get back to a level where they will no longer need such focused care and therapy. On average, short-term rehabilitation lasts just a few weeks, but on rare occasions, can sometimes extend up to 100 days. The good news is that Medicare and other insurance may cover part or all of this rehab, depending on the patient's coverage level and medical needs.

Short-term rehab facilities including Blackwater Short-Term Rehab Center are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with medical staff on-site to monitor recovery and administer care. With this professional level of care available, they are able to quickly respo