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Post-Acute Rehabilitation

Post-Acute Rehabilitation: An Overview

Do you or someone you care for require rehabilitation services while recovering from acute or chronic illnesses? If yes, this article might be for you!

We highlight the different types of rehabilitation care available and explore post-acute rehabilitation in detail. Keep reading to learn more.

Types of Rehabilitation

There are three different types of medical care for people who require physical therapy that can’t be done at home. They are:

  • Acute Care
  • Subacute Care
  • Post-Acute Care

What Is Acute Care Rehabilitation?

Acute care rehabilitation facilities deal with conditions that are life-threatening. Facilities, such as hospitals, treat patients who require rapid medical attention. Patients are stabilized in acute care facilities until they are transferred to a lower level of facility care.

The length of stay is usually determined by the severity of the patient’s illness. In contrast to subacute and post-acute care, a patient in an acute care facility often spends less time there.

What Is Subacute Rehabilitation?

A stable patient who requires ongoing medical attention, care, and monitoring can be shifted to a subacute care facility. Patients tend to stay in a subacute institution longer than in an acute care facility.

After, or sometimes instead of, a stay in an acute care rehabilitation center, subacute treatment is provided. Subacute care offers medically vulnerable patients a higher degree of care than acute care, but with a longer length of stay.

To control their condition, many patients with acute illness or injury require comprehensive care that involves periodic exams and procedures. After a hospital stay, those with pulmonary disease, cardiac disease, cancer, and disorders needing IV therapy or tube feedings may require subacute care. Dialysis, chemotherapy, ventilation, sophisticated wound care, and other inpatient medical and nursing services are all examples of conditions that require subacute care.

What Is Post-Acute Rehabilitation?

Post-Acute inpatient rehabilitation is short-term rehabilitation, or a limited inpatient interdisciplinary active intervention required for patients recovering from acute illnesses. Patients opt for this type of intensive rehabilitation to restore diminished skills following an acute stable illness or injury affecting their pre-functional status.

The goal here is to help them attain maximum recovery with minimum impairment. Post-Acute rehabilitation can also be termed as the services that patients receive after, or in some cases, instead of, a stay in a hospital.

Depending on the seriousness of the illness or injury, a person can be rehabilitated in a facility or continued outpatient therapy, or even recover at home. A post-acute rehab center is the logical next step, and hospitals have natural partnerships with nearby facilities that can meet the patient’s needs. It’s straightforward to register at a facility and make medical transportation arrangements.

Why Opt for Post-Acute Rehabilitation?

A patient in recovery can benefit greatly from a post-acute rehab program in a variety of ways. When a patient is in a facility, they receive total care. Going home after a hospital stay can be exhausting for a patient, and full-time care at home can be difficult to manage by a relative or friend. Hiring a caretaker might also not be affordable for everyone.

A patient in a facility is given a comfortable bed and has a dedicated staff of trained nurses at their service 24/7. In many circumstances, the cost is covered by your insurance companies for a certain length of time, so the patient does not have to pay anything additional for that period of stay. Some of the facilities provide cashless services too, saving you the hassle of claiming insurance.

Many people require ongoing medical care after being admitted to the hospital for an injury or sickness, either at home or in a specialized facility. Post-acute care encompasses a variety of medical services aimed at assisting an individual’s continuous recovery from an illness or the management of a chronic illness or disability.

A diverse team of doctors and nurses can help the patient while they are recovering. These specialists can comment on their progress and make suggestions for improvement. Each doctor monitors the patient’s care from a different perspective, and the team meets to coordinate the optimal care practices for the patient’s speedy and complete recovery.

A patient receives the full range of therapies required to aid in their recuperation. In addition to basic speech, physical, and occupational therapy, many facilities provide a wide range of advanced therapies. They don’t have to go to day-care facilities or appointments, yet still get the best care possible.

Benefits of Post-Acute Rehabilitation

Here are some benefits of post-acute rehabilitation:

  • Medical issues can be avoided in the future. Patients are always examined for early indicators of possible physical and psychological issues under the skilled clinical eye of a medical team. Rehab centers take preventative measures to prevent future medical complications.
  • Patients can look forward to a medically guided rehabilitation process. Doctors, nurses, and therapists at rehabilitation centers are trained and experienced, and they guide our patients every step of the way until they are ready to return home.
  • Patients are less likely to require hospitalization again. Rehab centers make certain that the patients are safe and that their treatment plan is followed to the letter in order to avoid a return to the hospital.
  • Patients’ functioning abilities can be improved. The goal of the rehab centers is for patients to have the finest rehabilitation experience possible so that they can reclaim their lives. And they assist them in relearning the skills required to ensure that this occurs.
  • Patients regain their autonomy. Through their expert team of health professionals, rehabilitation equipment, comprehensive amenities, and a friendly environment, rehab centers assist patients to develop life skills, social skills, and independent movement.
  • Patients are better prepared to return home sooner. Rehab centers provide each patient with exactly what they need to recover faster through their medically proven and tailored rehabilitation routine. They are prepared to re-join and reintegrate with society.

Additional Benefits of Post-Acute Rehabilitation

  • Improves their health and function.
  • Prevents re-injury and post-operative problems.
  • Reduces readmissions to hospitals.
  • Helps them regain their independence after being admitted to the hospital
  • Reduces the risk of psychosocial consequences such as depression.

During rehabilitation, family plays a key role. We, at Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center, know this and urge family members to visit, connect with, and support their loved ones as they recover. When patients are ready to return home, we provide training and instruction to their families to enable a smooth transition.

Our multidisciplinary team of medical professionals creates personalized treatment plans for each patient, focusing on their wellness, freedom, and quality of life. We also provide outstanding post-acute rehab for patients who require more time to heal after being admitted to the hospital. Our contemporary facility and the attentive team can assist you in getting well and getting home quickly.

Trusted Rehabilitation centers are rare to find. At Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center, we provide the best post-acute rehab facility for our patients. Visit our website to know more. If you have questions, call us at (502) 982-2611 or contact us online!