If your aging parent has recently experienced a serious fall and subsequent injury or received a chronic disease diagnosis, making decisions regarding the appropriate care can be confusing and difficult. For peace of mind, you want to know first and foremost that your Mom or Dad will be safe.

As you decide between short-term versus longer-term care, it’s vital to know which path is the best fit for your loved one’s medical needs. Knowing the differences between them will help you navigate the best way forward for your parent.

Both rehabilitation and long-term, skilled nursing care are viable options after an injury, stroke, or other health challenge. However, one choice may fit your parent’s needs better than the other, so it’s valuable to know what differentiates the two.


If your loved one is released from the hospital following a sudden illness, injury, or surgery, short-term rehabilitation provides the needed care for the recovery and transition back to normal life.

In contrast to long-term care, rehabilitation is a beneficial, but temporary solution to help your parent while he or she is unable to perform daily tasks during the healing period, which can last for several weeks or months.

Rehabilitation care provides your parent access to medical staff–from doctors and nurses to physical and occupational therapists. Depending on the level of injury or illness, inpatient rehab center staff will dress wounds, administer medication, monitor vital signs, and provide physical therapy. Occupational and speech therapy is also available and can help your parent learn to walk or speak again following a stroke.

Once your loved one has recovered, these services will no longer be needed, and he or she can return home.

Long Term Skilled Nursing Care

In certain cases, your parent or loved one can enter short term rehab after a fall or injury, but have trouble with daily personal tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing even after the rehabilitation period ends.

Even if he or she wasn’t in rehab to begin with, your aging loved one may be battling a disease or chronic condition such as…

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Debilitating Stroke

For this type of situation, you may have to consider long-term skilled nursing care. Understandably, if your parent is dealing with conditions like the ones listed above, you may be concerned that he or she is no longer safe living alone.

In addition, if you try to care for your family member dealing with an injury or chronic illness, you may quickly realize you lack the necessary experience or training to care for him or her.

Helping your parent get dressed or bathe may seem doable, but monitoring and administering medications, or changing wound dressings requires more training than most family members possess or have the time to learn.

In some cases, around-the-clock assistance and more complex levels of care and training are required, which is why long-term skilled nursing care can be an invaluable solution for both your parent and your family.

With LifeStream Complete Senior Living’s long term care, our professional, caring staff assists Residents while enabling them to maintain their highest level of autonomy and capability.

Whether the need is short-term rehabilitation or long-term care, our round-the-clock skilled nursing program provides the monitoring of medications, delicious meals, clean and fresh laundry service, and assistance with bathing and dressing your loved one. We’re also able to care for both short and long term Residents if they require post-operative recovery treatment, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

At LifeStream Complete Senior Living, our focus is to create a warm and inviting environment in which Residents will thrive and heal, and allowing them to be as independent as possible. Our commitment to faith, family, and community are experienced on a daily basis in the care provided within our care centers.

Not sure if long-term skilled nursing or short-term rehab is right for your parent or loved one? Call us today, and someone will provide you with the answers you need to make the best choice possible. 

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