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Rehabilitation and Therapy Guide: Getting Back Home After Surgery

It’s never too early to have a post-surgery recovery plan in place. This rehab guide is designed to help you achieve the best outcome possible after a surgery or illness that requires recovery time at a rehabilitation center.


Step 1: Determine Your Post-Surgery Needs

Step 2: Research Rehab Centers That Meet Your Needs & Goals

Step 3: Look Ahead to Your Transition Home

Step 4: Stay Calm

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4 Steps to Creating a Recovery Plan

Step 1: Determine Your Post-Surgery Needs

Discuss with your doctor a post-surgery plan of action. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What is your doctor’s expectation for your recovery compared to your personal goals?
  • What do you most want to be able to accomplish when you return home? Resume daily activities? Live independently? Drive?
  • What types of therapies and specialized equipment is needed to meet your goals?
  • What are your doctor’s recommendations for rehabilitation centers?

Step 2: Research Rehab Centers That Meet Your Needs & Goals

Look at various rehab and nursing centers to find the one that provides the best treatment plan for you. Use these tips to help you compare:

  • Will they develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific recovery needs and goals?
  • Do they have state-of-the art therapy equipment? Take a tour.
  • How often do they provide therapy? Look for a center that offers therapy 6 to 7 days a week to ensure you get the doctor-recommended amount.
  • Are there benefits you quali