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Rehab to Home: Your Guide to Recovery

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 <https://mainevets.org/rehabilitation-therapy/>


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

Why Choose Maine Veterans’ Homes?

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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 qualify for to help compensate your rehab stay? For example, at Maine Veterans’ Homes, eligible veterans can get stipends to help cover nursing home costs.
  • What is the facility’s reputation? Check out their website and social media channels. Read testimonials and reviews.
  • Can you pre-book your rehab stay? Ask about selecting your room and meeting your therapist.

Step 3: Look Ahead to Your Transition Home

Most people do not realize the full scope of what recovery will be like when they transition from 24/7 nursing care to home. Look for a rehabilitation center that provides support even after you leave.

At Maine Veterans’ Home, we have a Transitioning Home program at several of our locations that is customized based on your need. It may include:

  • A social worker setting up Meals on Wheels and transportation services for doctor appointments and outpatient therapy.
  • A therapist demonstrating at-home exercises and scheduling outpatient therapy.
  • Patient and family education on medication management.
  • An at-home evaluation for safety recommendations and alterations that can help with recovery.

Step 4: Stay Calm

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed or to think, “I really just want to go home after surgery.” Remember, the best option for optimal recovery is a rehabilitation center where you can gain around-the-clock professional care and therapy.

Why Choose Maine Veterans’ Homes?

At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we have many advanced therapies to help speed your recovery, along with comprehensive discharge planning and transition home programs. We provide family training and education to help the people closest to you become even stronger sources of support for before, during and after your surgery.

For services at Maine Veterans’ Homes, we advise all veterans to not wait on getting your veteran benefits and eligibility in line. Even if you never need our services, it is always advisable to have your paperwork complete to ensure you get the veteran benefits you deserve.

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