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Israel Ministry of Health : Provision Of Medical Rehabilitation for Seniors

Name of the Organization :State of Israel Ministry of Health
Type of Facility : Provision Of Medical Rehabilitation for Seniors
Applicable Country : Israel
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Provision Of Medical Rehabilitation for Seniors

Medical rehabilitation is a right legally enshrined in the national health insurance law (1994) and is the responsibility of the HMO where the patient is a member.

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The importance of medical rehabilitation :
Freedom to function is one of the most important things in our lives. Loss of this independence and reliance on others are severely detrimental to a person’s well-being – both emotionally and in the quality of the person’s life, and this is a major crisis for the person and his/her family.

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These are the common circumstances necessitating senior rehabilitation :
** Following a cerebrovascular accident (a stroke) and other neurological problems.
** Following a fractured femoral neck and other orthopedic problems, including amputations.
** As a result of a sharp decline in function, caused by a severe or long-term illness during which the patient was bedridden.

Emphases for the medical rehabilitation process :
** The rehabilitation process focuses on the patient and provides the tools necessary for dealing with his/her disability, for improving the everyday functions and to take responsibility for the patient’s state, while gradually resuming a normal daily routine.

** It is of the utmost importance that rehabilitation be provided without delay, to seize the window of opportunity for achieving he optimum improvement in the patient’s state.
** Medical rehabilitation is provided upon recommendation by a doctor. For a patient hospitalized in a general hospital – the recommendation for rehabilitation will be given, as a rule, along with the discharge papers.

** location of the rehabilitation is suited to the patient’s needs and can be one of the following : rehabilitative hospitalization (in a rehabilitation ward or a geriatric rehabilitation ward), rehabilitative outpatient, rehabilitation center, a dedicated institute (such as a physiotherapy institute) or rehabilitation at the patient’s home, if conditions enable.

** length of the rehabilitation depends on a combination of a number of factors, including the type of injury, the patient’s medical condition, rate of progress of the treatment, etc. As a rule, there is a minimum period of rehabilitation for various medical conditions. (According to “criteria for provision of rehabilitative care for seniors”).

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