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Skilled Nursing Care vs. Short-Term Rehab: What’s the Difference?

As we age, we aren’t able to bounce back as quickly from accidents, injuries, surgeries or other large health-related issues. If you or a loved one still needs assistance following a hospital stay, or if there has been a recent diagnosis of a chronic disease like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, it may be necessary to stay in a facility where you can receive the appropriate support to get you back on your feet and living safely.

“What families may not know is that there are different options when it comes to rehabilitation care, including both short-term and long-term,” says Paul Pridmore, Executive Director at The Clinton Presbyterian Community in Clinton, SC. “It’s important to understand what type of support individuals need to help them fully recover from their injury or illness. The decision can be difficult and confusing because above all you’re looking to make sure you or your loved one will be safe. It’s important to fully understand what level of support is needed, what options different facilities offer and whether short- or long-term care is the best fit for your needs.”

There are two different levels of care available to seniors requiring rehabilitation services: short-term, which is geared towards seniors needing rehabilitative and post-acute skilled nursing; and long-term, which is for individuals struggling with a chronic disease or illness, or who require an extra level of assistance and support in order to live safely and securely. Although both types of facilities offer high levels of compassionate assistance following a health challenge, they serve different purposes and one or the other may fit you or your loved one’s needs better. That’s why it’s important to know the differences between them.

Short-Term Rehabilitation

You are more than likely already aware of the idea of short-term rehab – and maybe have experienced it for yourself! People of all ages use rehabilitation services to improve from an injury (such as a sports-related muscle tear), to build strength and mobility following a surgery like a knee replacement or working towards a better quality of life after invasive surgery.

Short-term rehabilitation for seniors is very similar. If your loved one has experienced an issue like surgery or a sudden illness, this form of care focuses on rebuilding abilities and improving strength, health and confidence with the goal of allowing you to return home in the best possible shape. It’s a temporary solution, allowing you or your loved one to focus solely on healing while daily tasks are managed for you.

This option is often covered by Medicare and other insurances, and gives you access to a wide variety of medical staff, from nurses and doctors to therapists of all types. Once the staff feels you or your loved one has reached the point of recovery, you will be cleared to head home.

Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care

With certain health issues, diagnoses or complications, you or your loved one may continue to have issues following rehabilitation. Long-term skilled nursing is an option that provides a homelike environment plus around-the-clock nursing. Skilled nursing is also an option for loved ones who may not have originally needed rehab, but are battling a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. The ultimate goal is to provide a safe and stable environment where a senior can live the best life possible and participate in community life while receiving assistance if and when it’s needed.

Long-term skilled nursing communities can be affiliated with a senior living community in the same area, or, like at The Clinton Presbyterian Community, actually be part of the campus.

Every Type of Care For Every Need

“We are proud to be able to offer everything from short-term rehabilitation to long-term memory care at our Life Plan Community,” says Pridmore. “Both short-term and long-term options are available for our residents as well as for people in the surrounding communities. We even offer outpatient therapy options and home care visits so we’re able to serve the needs of as many Clinton area seniors as possible.

“Our team knows that recovery is an incredibly personal journey, which is why our care is centered around putting you or your loved one in control. You’re the one who chooses how to spend your day, when you eat when you want to wake up and more. Our most important mission is to provide everything that’s needed for a happy, healthy, meaningful and fulfilling life ... no matter what type of care you need.”

Senior Care with Small-Town Charm

 Welcome to The Clinton Presbyterian Community, located on historic Musgrove Street in Clinton, South Carolina. Our 40-acre, full-service Life Plan Community offers residents an environment of natural beauty and a choice of vibrant lifestyle to match.

 Residents of our community enjoy the southern charm of small-town life and the connections and culture of Clinton’s collegiate atmosphere. Here, seniors don’t simply receive amenities and services – they thrive in a community specially designed to help them live each day to its fullest potential.

Longevity & Innovation as a Life Plan Community

The Clinton Presbyterian Community is a Life Plan Community, offering a wide range of senior lifestyles and services including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.

We believe a Life Plan Community should allow future planning and living to merge. Having a plan in place – and the security of access to a continuum of healthcare services – grants residents the freedom to live life to the fullest.

A Legacy of Service

As one of the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, The Clinton Presbyterian Community is a compassionate Christian ministry committed to enriching the quality of life for seniors of all faiths. Built on the values of relationships, service, teamwork, and excellence, we ensure our mission and faith are honored daily. While striving to create the highest quality of retirement lifestyles for our residents, we work each day to enrich the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of seniors and their families, with our deep heritage leading the way.

Learn more about The Clinton Presbyterian Community. Contact us today!