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April is National Occupational Therapy Month Is Rehabilitation Right for You? Find Out in the Comforts of Home

Occupational TherapyIt can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re fine, and the next your arm is numb, concentration turns foggy, and words slur together. Could it be a stroke? Possibly.

So, you do the right thing. You get the medical attention you need. But, your stroke leaves your memory faded, your arm and hand weakened, and your balance off track. You think it’s temporary; it will slowly improve.

You try to carry on as usual at home, but it’s not the same. You yearn for your old life, but you don’t know how to get there.

Home Admission Program
If this scenario mirrors you or a loved one in any way, it may be time for an assessment to see if you or he/she could benefit from rehabilitation. These assessments can be done in your own home, keeping you safe and comfortable. MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a Home Admission Program, assessing you at home to see if inpatient acute rehabilitation is right for you.

Many Conditions Qualify
Like stroke, many conditions are accepted by MidAmerica’s referral program for admission, including general debilitation with limited mobility and/or deficits in self-care activities, such as bathing, dressing or eating.

Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis patients with functional decline are also prospects. And if you have had a back, pelvis or lower extremity fracture not requiring surgery, but causing loss of function, an assessment may be just what you need.

Meeting Admission Criteria
Before anyone can qualify for a referral to MidAmerica, a few factors must be met.
• A clearly established rehabilitation diagnosis and goals
• Patient’s needs or co-morbidities require a physician for monitoring
• Expectations that the patient will tolerate and benefit from comprehensive therapy, and can  return home after a short rehabilitation stay
• Medicare approves admission

Also, patients are not required to have had a three-day acute hospital stay, as some may believe.

Understanding the Referral Process
One of the advantages of having a home admission referral is that it keeps time-consuming paperwork to a minimum, speeding up the entire admission process to benefit everyone’s best interest.

To begin the process, a clinical rehabilitation liaison evaluates a patient at home to see whether a person meets the criteria. If medically approved, MidAmerica verifies the insurance and gets precertification, if needed, prior to admission.

What You Can Expect
Once at MidAmerica, a comprehensive rehabilitation plan of action is created. This includes at least 15 hours of therapy a week, a 24-hour registered nurse specializing in rehabilitation, and the most advanced technologies.

For more information, contact MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital at 913-491-2400.

5701 West 110th Street
Overland Park, KS 66211


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