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Specialized Support For Dementia Patients

James L. West’s skilled nursing and therapy teams are experts in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As a caregiver, it’s essential to know the short-term rehabilitation team caring for your loved one understands the whole picture of their health condition, not just what’s needed to ensure a physical recovery following a broken bone, surgery or hospital stay. 

Our services have expanded to offer short-term rehabilitation with memory support. Short-term rehabilitation therapy and dementia care go hand-in-hand and provide many benefits – including improved physical, emotional and social health.

To qualify for short-term rehabilitation covered by Medicare Part A, the patient must have spent three consecutive nights admitted to the hospital, or have been discharged to their home within the past 30 days but not thriving.

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Securing admission for short-term rehabilitation

To secure admission, contact your hospital social worker and let them know that you have selected James L. West Center for Dementia Care for your loved one’s rehabilitation stay. The hospital social worker will contact us on your behalf to check availability and start the admissions process.

Our care team reviews medical and treatment information to assess whether patients referred to our program are an appropriate admission. Whenever possible, a nurse visits the patient while they are still in the hospital. During the review, the following information is gathered:



Prior level of function

Medical stability

Support system

Attitude toward recovery

From there, the social worker will guide you through hospital discharge and arrangements to be admitted to James L. West’s short-term rehabilitation.

Preparing for your stay

Short-term rehabilitation rooms are comfortably furnished like a hotel or bedroom. To make the stay more pleasant, patients may bring along some of their favorite things to make their room more comfortable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is short-term rehabilitation?

Short-term rehabilitation provides therapy for individuals recovering from a surgery, illness or accident. Generally, those needing short-term, in-patient rehabilitation continue their therapy program for as little as a couple of days to several weeks.

Short-term rehabilitation programs help patients achieve their maximum functional capacity and get back to their homes and communities in the shortest time possible. To achieve this goal, patients receive physical, occupational and speech therapy from our caring, highly skilled therapists. Therapists are part of an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers and nutritionists, who work with each patient and his or her family members to develop an individualized plan of care.

What kinds of therapy are provided?

James L. West’s skilled in-house therapy team provides physical, occupational, orthopedic, and speech therapy to residents and short-term rehabilitation patients.

Our Rehabilitation Services include:

  • Occupational Therapy focused on improving a patient’s self-care independence by restoring functional skills and developing effective alternative strategies.
  • Physical Therapy focused on improving a patient’s ability to move; reducing pain, and restoring posture, balance, range of motion and strength.
  • Speech And Language Therapy focused on improving a patient’s communication, swallowing liquids/food textures and oral motor skills.
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation focused on regaining mobility after treatment for disease, injury and surgical procedures to bones, muscles, joints and tendons – such as hip and knee replacements.
Does Medicare cover short term rehab?

Yes, it does, provided certain conditions are met. These include having a doctor's order for rehabilitative services in place and having spent at least three days in the hospital as an inpatient within the last 30 days. Our admissions staff can help you determine whether your stay will be covered under Medicare – or any other insurance, public or private, that you may carry.