What is Post-Acute Care?

When you leave a traditional hospital, your doctor may refer you to a post-acute care facility. But what does that mean? It’s just one of many terms that make healthcare confusing if you don’t have a clinical background.

Acute care is provided at a traditional hospital, with the goal of stabilizing your condition during one health episode. This is the most common hospital setting in America when you have pressing health issues – emergencies or surgeries brought on by illness or an accident.

For many, however, a longer recovery time is needed. You many need continued care, also known as post-acute care. Post-acute care is any additional care you may need after leaving the traditional hospital in order to continue your recovery.

At Kindred, we offer post-acute care in a variety of settings, including:

  • Transitional Care Hospitals offer the same intensive, specialized care offered in a traditional hospital or intensive care unit, but for a longer period of time. This is called long-term acute care and is certified by Medicare to allow patients extended recovery time in the facility.
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities offer 24-hour skilled nursing and therapy services up to seven days a week to help you transition to your next step in the recovery process.
  • Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers offer a full range of medical, nursing, rehabilitation, and social services to support and treat your condition on both a short-term or long-term basis.  
  • Home Health services offer medical care and rehabilitation therapy that help you readjust at home following a stay in a facility for an illness or injury. While home health often follows a hospital stay, it can be offered at any point necessary during a healthcare episode.
  • House Call Doctors visit you at home when your condition prevents you from attending visits in a doctor’s office.
  • Hospice care begins when the decision has been made to focus on comfort over aggressive curative treatments. It helps loved ones and family members manage symptoms and pain and make the most of the life that remains.

To learn more about the post-acute care settings we offer at Kindred, visit our care settings below: