My sister just had an above the knee amputation and she is scheduled to go to rehab. How do I find out about this facility?

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My sister also requires dialysis, she is not very strong and a bit over weight. The center is called Regency Care of Arlington. In Arlington VA.

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Google the h*ll of of them and visit in person if you can. And do it unannounced too. The rehab/NH shills will paint the place like it's Xanadu, you have to see for yourself though. Bombard them with questions (write a bunch down so you don't forget them while you're there).
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Go to your states AHCA website you can go to background screenings there will be a drop down screen for SN, ALF etc... and highlight rehabilitation....you can look up the facility and see if they have had any warnings,fines, write ups from the state and for what. Of course go and check the facility in person unannounced, take a tour, talk or observe the therapists and nursing staff and buildings, meals etc...-make sure they have the correct equipment she will need for rehab....many are glorified ALF's with a treadmill, weights and bike.....I am just going through this now and found only 2 facilities out of approx 25 in my area that had the proper equipment to get my mom to try to stand and balance her weight again. Good luck to you!! Try this site... just substitute your state, hopefully it will help!.
http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/facilitylocator/FacilitySearch.aspx
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Check out the restroom and shower facilities. Also check out their meal menus, too.
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Locate a rehab facility near you. Take a tour.
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Jenn and BedGuy, good points to share about this unique situation.
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I forgot to mention that if you discover any reviews about the facility, take them seriously, especially if they happen to be negative ones. People go in and out of these facilities all the time, and you never know when someone may have had a real bad experience. Never, ever ever ever ignore a bad experience, even if it's just one. Take it very seriously and listen to what those who had a bad experience had to say.
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The Department of Public Health in your state should be able to provide information on how good a facility is. They all have to be licensed and state inspected periodically.
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What you can do is arrange a meeting with an admin of that facility. Write down all the questions that you have about the facility and patient care. Request a tour of the facility. If possible, greet a few staff and even a few of the patients if they happen to be mingling. Find out as much as you can about what life is like inside the facility. Another good idea is to take your loved one with you and give them the chance to see the facility. That way, there are no surprises later. They can also get the chance to meet some of the people they will be staying with if you find out which area of the potential intake will be staying. That's the area you want the patient to start getting used to so that by the time it's time for admittance into the facility of your choice, the patient will already be familiar with not only the surroundings, but also some of the people.
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Great question. Agree that Google and Medicaid are two places to find reviews of specific places. When you visit, at least in our state, there should be a binder available in the lobby with a list of state inspection results. That's another place to see what the state inspections found.

We found the online reviews that came up via Google to be pretty accurate of the place where our LOs landed.

It sounds like your sister is rather medically needy and will need excellent PT as well as hour by hour help just managing the day as other have already stated. Look at the aid to patient ratio. That's key. The higher the better.

Finally, no matter where your sister goes, your personal and in-person involvement is likely critical to your sister receiving the best care the facility can offer. We have seen that patients carry little weight even with all their mental faculties, but an involved family member advocate has much more impact. The outsider with the most impact is whomever has the medical proxy/POA and can make medical decisions for your sister. Sometimes a facility will blow off a family member who doesn't have POA.
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