What is Post-Acute Care?

What is Post-Acute Care?

For many reasons, but most commonly following hospitalization for an acute injury or illness, some patients have medical needs greater than can be safely provided at home. Various Post-Acute Care facilities and/or services are available, depending on the intensity of medical services required:

Long Term Acute Care (LTAC): a facility that provides hospital level of care for medically complex patients, typically requiring prolonged stays.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF): a facility (or hospital unit) that provides intensive rehabilitation. Patients admitted must qualify and be able to participate in three hours of intense rehabilitation services each day.

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF): a facility for patients with less-intensive care needs than those at a LTAC. To qualify for a SNF, a patient must have a qualifying hospital stay and a skilled need. SNFs are staffed with nurses, therapists, social workers and case managers around the clock, in addition to CRM physicians.

Intermediate Care Facility (ICF): a facility for individuals who are elderly, disabled or chronically ill who require a more permanent increased level of care, including assistance with the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, toileting). ICFs are staffed with nurses, therapists, social workers and case managers, in addition to CRM physicians.

Home Health: a service that can be provided in the patient’s home through a certified home health agency.
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