Home Health & Hospice

What is the different between "rehabilitation" and "restorative care"?

Homecare Insider, January 25, 2016

The term “rehabilitation” is most often used when trained professional therapists are involved in evaluating the patient and designing a plan of care. The term restorative may be used when the evaluation and care plan are performed by the nursing staff.

It is estimated that about one-third of disabled adults over the age of 65 would benefit from physical rehabilitation. These people can be divided into two groups. The first group is composed of those who have been disabled throughout their lives and who need continuous rehabilitation. The second group is made up of those people who have become disabled as the result of an accident or illness.