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    Choosing a Rehabilitation Unit/CARF

    Choosing a rehabilitation facility

    Rehabilitation services are provided in many different places, including the following:

    • Acute care and rehabilitation hospitals

    • Subacute facilities

    • Long-term care facilities

    • In the home by home health agencies

    • Hospitals

    • Inpatient rehabilitation centers

    • Outpatient rehabilitation centers

    • Community health settings

    • Private practice

    • Schools

    • Industrial health centers

    • Veterans Affairs medical centers

    • Military health care centers

    When investigating rehabilitation facilities and services, some general questions to ask include the following:

    • Does my insurance company have a preferred rehabilitation provider that I must use to qualify for payment of services?

    • What is the cost and will my insurance company cover all or part of the cost?

    • How far away is the facility and what is the family visiting policy?

    • What are the admission criteria?

    • What are the qualifications of the facility? Is the facility accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)?

    • Is the facility well maintained, clean, and safe?

    • Has the facility handled treatment for this type of condition before?

    • What are the staff's credentials?

    • Is therapy scheduled every day? How many hours a day?

    • What rehabilitation team members are available for treatment? How is the patient and family included in planning care?

    • What type of patient and family education and support is available?

    • Is there a doctor on site 24 hours a day?

    • How are emergencies handled?

    • What type of discharge planning and assistance is available?

    • What can be done if care is unsatisfactory?

    What is CARF?

    CARF stands for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. It is a private, not-for-profit organization that accredits rehabilitation programs with some of the following services:

    • Adult day services

    • Assisted living

    • Behavioral health services

    • Medical rehabilitation

    CARF helps to promote and assure standards of quality for these programs and focuses on optimal outcomes for people served.

    Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
    Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas,N., MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 4/1/2018
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