Rehabilitation is a process that enables a person to regain or relearn skills lost due to neurologic or structural injury, health conditions and aging. An optimal rehabilitation system includes a continuum of treatment from hospitalization to community-based programs. Guaranteeing a continuum will facilitate earlier release from rehabilitative hospital units and the patient’s return to his or her natural environment. This will reduce the need to develop institutions for long-term care and will lead to savings in healthcare costs.
In previous years, Eshel’s main activities in the rehabilitative fields were through its Glickman Training Centers. These centers facilitate learning for health profession (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nursing) that advance rehabilitation for older adults. As of 2018, no rehabilitation center exists in the south of Israel. Therefore, professionals requiring training in rehabilitation or individuals requiring rehabilitation are required to travel 3+ hours (using public transport) to the center of the country – which is beyond the capabilities of most. The system for rehabilitation within the south of Israel is in need of organizational, structural and professional development. Older adults living in the community suffering a decline in functional ability are not receiving the rehabilitation services they require which can lead to deterioration, dependency, and death.
A client-centered older adult rehabilitation center in Beersheva, the capital city of the south of Israel, that will serve the 30,000 older adults of Beersheba as well as those in the surrounding region. Additionally, an older adult rehabilitation center in the center of the country to serve the more than 100,000 older adults in Tel Aviv and the surrounding region.
Regional rehabilitation centers are a central component of a multi-faceted strategy to supply accessible, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation and reablement services for older adults in Israel.
The Regional Rehabilitation Center in Beersheba (South of Israel) and in Ramat Gan (Center of Israel) will provide services for older persons with neurological, orthopedic and other rehabilitation needs. The centers will enable individuals to undergo person-centered physical and cognitive rehabilitation while enjoying the comfort of living at home, in the community. Attending the center on an outpatient basis, clients will receive a tailored rehabilitation plan based on their goals, meet with social workers, and benefit from treatments including speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
The 594 square meter rehabilitation center in Beersheba will contain rooms for individual and group therapy, exercise, social activities and medical offices. The Center will also provide satellite services to other towns and villages in the region.
This Center will provide:
- 30 patients with treatment each day
- 500 patients with services each year
- Access to 6-8 professional staff members (physical therapists, occupational therapists, doctor, nurse, nutritionists, psychiatrist)
- Maintain and improve functional ability
- Increase accessibility of rehabilitation services
- Utilizes rights and services effectively in accordance with needs