Rehabilitation Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about the rehabilitation services offered at The GAP?
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Our FAQ section will provide you with the answers you’re looking for. Below is a list of questions addressed throughout our Rehabilitation Therapy FAQ:
- What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation?
- Who is our inpatient rehabilitation program designed for?
- Can family members participate in the inpatient therapy process?
- Where can I learn more about outpatient rehabilitation at The GAP?
- What individual rehab programs does The GAP specialize in?
- Will my Medical Aid / health insurance plan be accepted?
What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation?
There are several key differences between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at The GAP. These differences include:
- Length of Stay: Inpatients live within the Rehabilitation Unit during the 30 day duration of their treatment and receive 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care, while outpatients undergo therapy through the clinic and return home afterward.
- Referrals: Inpatient rehabilitation referrals can be initiated by physicians, patients and their families, discharge planners and allied health professionals, while the outpatient clinic offers therapy services to hospital inpatients and the community through physician referral.
- Cost: While inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) cost more per day than a lower level of care, studies suggest that IRF patients return home much sooner. Therefore, the significantly shorter lengths of stay reduce costs in the long run.
- Treatment Frequency: Inpatients undergo therapy six days per week for a minimum of three hours per day, while outpatients undergo therapy based on individual evaluations.
Who is The GAP’s inpatient rehabilitation program designed for?
Our inpatient rehabilitation program significantly helps individuals experiencing one or more of the following difficulties:
- Limitations in self-care
- Impaired mobility, balance and coordination
- Limitations in joint strength or motion
- Changes in memory, thought processing, reasoning and rational thinking
- Speech and communication problems
- Swallowing disorders
We understand that every patient is unique and has different needs, which is why our team individualizes every patient’s care. If you think you or someone you know would benefit from rehabilitation, please contact us at 903-408-1737 or 903-408-1740.
Can family members participate in the inpatient therapy process?
Yes. We encourage family members to do whatever they can to support the patient, including participating in the rehabilitation therapy process. Our interdisciplinary team of physicians and therapists work with each patient and their family to address the patient’s needs and progress at a personalized pace. We use a progressive approach to ensure each individualized treatment plan focuses on potential, not on limitations.
Where can I learn more about outpatient rehabilitation at The GAP?
Our outpatient rehabilitation program offers therapy services for hospital inpatients and the community through a physician’s referral. Located on the second floor of The GAP Medical Center in the Medical Pavilion, patients can undergo physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy. For more information, please visit our Outpatient Rehabilitation page.
What individual rehab programs does The GAP specialize in?
All of our individual rehabilitation programs are designed with the patient in mind to ensure they’re receiving the best treatment possible. In addition to the physical, occupational and/ therapy an inpatient or outpatient may receive, we also offer the following programs: