It is common to spend a couple of weeks, or even several months in a short-term nursing and rehab facility after an accident or injury. This need for advanced skilled care could be due to major surgery, car accident, a slip and fall, terminal illness, chronic illness, broken bones—or decreased mobility, speech, or motor skills. Whatever the reason may be, turn to the tips below to make the most out of your stay in short-term nursing and rehab.
Get To Know Your Team
Even if your injury or illness keeps you fairly confined to your room, do not underestimate the importance of connecting and engaging with others. This includes everyone from the CNAs, who come in to assist with your activities of daily living (ADL), to the nursing team and therapists—physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech therapist.
Even though your stay is short, make an effort to get to know your roommate!
Keeping Your Spirits High While In Short-Term Nursing And Rehab
Another key to recovery is keeping your spirits up, and this can be a challenge during your recovery period. You may be dealing with high levels of pain, decreased mobility, and you may not be comfortable with your overall decline in independence. To keep your spirits high, consider the tips below. Even if you are not yet able to do all of these, they are activities you can work towards.
- Call, text, video chat with, email, or write to friends and family
- Listen to soothing inspirational music, such as classical music or the sounds of nature
- Participate in our daily activities
- Read or listen to books on tape
- Stream your favorite movies or TV shows
- Watch funny YouTube videos
- Journal or blog about your recovery
- If your roommate does not mind, use aromatherapy. No candles, but a plug-in or stand-alone essential oil diffuser is ok
Celebrate Your Progress
The key to successful rehabilitation is all about celebrating the small wins. For example, if you focus only on the fact that you are no longer able to walk independently, it can be easy to get discouraged. Instead of focusing your energy and attention on what you are no longer able to do, focus on what you are able to do, such as lifting your leg or standing independently. If you spend more time celebrating your progress than mourning your lost abilities, your recovery will be much easier.
These are just a few tips to help you stay on track, and in the right frame of mind during your stay in short-term nursing and rehab.