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Get the most out of your rehabilitation stay

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October 22nd, 2014
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Whether you’re having a joint replaced, recovering from heart surgery, or need wound care, you may find yourself faced with a weeks-long skilled nursing rehabilitation stay. It’s unlikely that you are looking forward to it, but if you’re in the right frame of mind, you might be able to speed up your progress and get home sooner. 

“A rehab stay is a process,” says Roberta Feldhausen, P.M.H.C.N.S.-B.C., director of mental health services at Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md. “When people have depression and anxiety about it, it can negatively affect their ability to heal and make progress with therapy.” 

Know what to expect beforehand

If you’re having elective surgery and know in advance that you will need inpatient rehab for a period of time, there are several things you can do to prepare.

“Ask for your doctor’s advice,” says Thomas Ryan, occupational therapist and rehabilitation manager for

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