Looking at rehab after surgery? Blue Sky will be there!

What are the chances you’ll need some form of surgery – and some form of therapy afterwards – during your senior years? 

Very good.  Count on it.

You can also assume you’ll be undergoing that therapy in a short-term rehabilitation program,  often inside a skilled nursing facility.  Although friends and family may be willing and able to assist in this goal, optimal recovery can only be achieved through medical professionals.
Short-term rehabilitation facilities provide therapy for patients recovering from a surgery, illness or accident. Generally, programs for those needing short-term, in-patient rehabilitation last for as little as a couple of days to as many as several weeks.

In short-term rehabilitation, we help our patients to achieve their maximum functional capacity and get back to their normal lives in the shortest time possible. To achieve this goal, they receive physical, occupational and speech therapy from therapists who are part of a team with the patient’s physician, nurse, social worker, and, when needed, a nutritionist.  This team prepares the patient’s individualized treatment plan.

When your rehab facility calls on a therapist from Blue Sky Therapy, you can rest assured.  We’re a therapist-owned provider of contract rehabilitation services.  We’re widely known for our innovations in resident-centered care, and we can proudly claim to have set the standard in the rehabilitation industry, providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy to residents throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Patients in Blue Sky Therapy’s partner facilities can relax and recover while receiving care and rehabilitation services.  Programs can involve more than one therapy session in a day, at a pace designed to enhance abilities without inhibiting healing.

What are the different kinds of therapy?

Physical therapy addresses musculoskeletal and neurological issues including joints, muscles, bones, nerves and spine. Therapists teach the skills needed to achieve maximum functional mobility as well as health, wellness and injury-prevention strategies.

Occupational therapy addresses the skills needed to perform the daily activities of life at home, at work, and in the community. Our therapists teach adaptive skills: how to use assistive devices, how to simplify processes, and how to improve mobility, range of motion and endurance.

Speech therapy focuses on the ability to communicate and interact with others. Therapists concentrate on restoring skills such as listening/hearing, speaking and writing,  as well as overcoming swallowing disorders and breathing/respiratory problems.

In addition, there are specialty programs that address joint replacement, balance and falls prevention, pain control, low vision, cognitive evaluation, and management of lymphedema (swelling in arms or legs), among others.

Depending on the skilled nursing facility, Blue Sky Therapy will provide six to seven days a week of rehabilitation.  Afterward, to ensure a smooth transition to home, the rehabilitation facility will usually assist with setting up homecare services.

Remember, if you have Medicare coverage you will need to qualify for skilled care in order for Medicare to pay for short-term rehabilitation. 

We at Blue Sky Therapy are ready to assist your therapy – we’re the experts!

Blue Sky Therapy has a continued commitment to patient-driven quality, excellence, integrity and innovation in everything that we do. That’s why we are scrupulous about planning the treatment of each and every client, and carefully documenting the outcome!

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Blue Sky disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.


Fifty-Plus Advocate