Short Term Rehab

Back on Your Feet, Faster

After a few days in the hospital, whether it's after surgery or illness, you might not be ready to go home. Short-term rehab can help. 

During rehab you'll receive physical, occupational and/or 092519 Knute Nelson 10d.jpgspeech therapy along with nursing care. The state-of-the-art tools and equipment in our therapy gym will help you regain the strength and mobility you need to return home as quickly as possible. 

As your strength and mobility increase, your confidence will too. When it's time to go home, you'll be mentally and physically ready to be successful. 

"Because of the people at Knute Nelson, I have a chance." -Jim, former Short-Term Rehab patient

What is short-term rehab and Who uses it? 

Short-term rehab is designed to get you ready to be safe and thrive at home. 

Patients in short-term rehab have typically undergone a procedure or suffered an illness. 

Whether you’ve had surgery, an injury or you’re recovering from an illness, you’ll need time to recover and heal. You’ll also need to regain strength and mobility. That requires one or more therapies. Here are a few sample scenarios:  

  • If you had a knee replacement, you’d work with a physical therapist to regain your strength, mobility and balance so you can return to the activities you love (if at all possible).  
  • If you had a stroke, you might have trouble swallowing or speaking. You’d work with a speech therapist to compensate for or recover these abilities.
  • If you had a stroke, surgery or been ill, an occupational therapist would help you get back to doing day-to-day activities on your own like eating, dressing or bathing.

What circumstances can be considered Short-Term Rehab:

Post-surgery care:Short term rehab

  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Orthopedic procedures
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Orthopedic procedures

Change in health due to:

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Stroke or CVA
  • Heart attack or MI
  • Signature programming for:
  • Accelerated Care Plus
  • Struthers Tulip Program for Parkinson’s Disease
  • LSVT BIG & LOUD Treatment


You’ll be evaluated when you enter short-term rehab: what can and can’t you do? What can you do but only with help? What was your life like before your injury, illness or surgery? 

You’ll work with your doctor, therapists, care providers - and your family if you wish - to set reasonable goals.  

Here are some sample goals: 

  • Move from a bed to a chair 
  • Get to the bathroom on your own 
  • Get in and out of a car 
  • Walk again with a walker or own your own 
  • Climb stairs 
  • Dress yourself
  • Bathe 



Your team includes a number of medical professionals who work together on your care: 

  • 24-hour skilled nursing teams 
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Physical therapists 
  • Speech therapists 


How long Short-Term Rehab last depends on the time it takes to achieve your goals. For example, a knee replacement might take a few weeks. A stroke might take months.  

is short-term rehab covered by medicare?

To be eligible for a Medicare paid stay at Knute Nelson, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance.
  • You have had a qualifying hospital stay of three (3) or more consecutive nights as an acute inpatient.
  • You are transferred to Knute Nelson as you require skilled nursing and/or rehabilitation therapy related to the condition for which you were hospitalized.
  • You are admitted to the facility within thirty (30) days of leaving the hospital.
  • A doctor certifies that you need, and you receive, skilled nursing or rehabilitation services on a daily basis.

Following a hospital stay and admission that meets the above criteria, you are eligible for a benefit of up to 100 days*. It is especially important to remember the requirement that you must need and receive skilled nursing care or rehabilitation services on a daily basis.

*Not every resident will qualify for the entire 100 days of coverage. Determination is made on an individual basis and according to Medicare guidelines.


Serving Those Who Have Served Us

The Knute Nelson Care Center is honored to provide care for our community's Veterans. Our contract with the VA helps ensure that those who have served us receive the care and support they need when they require short-term rehabilitation.


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