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This is the care that is provided after you have been in the hospital and before you are ready to go home on your own. There are several different types of Transitional Care settings depending on the particular needs you may have. Your doctor and care team at the hospital will determine which environment will be best able to care for your needs. Keep in mind that the choice of which place to go is yours. Once you know what type of a facility is needed you can research and visit several before you make your decision. Make sure you choose two in case one facility is full.
The different types of transitional care facilities include the following.
Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation- Sometimes called a Sniff (SNF) or Sub Acute Care (SAR)
Skilled Nursing Facilities care for people who are not yet able to care for themselves at home. They offer speech, occupational and physical therapy as well as would care as well as caring for diabetes, heart conditions and lung problems that are not under control.
In Patient and Out Patient Rehabilitation
A patient entering this type of facility must be able to handle 3 hours a day of intense therapy. If your loved one is too weak to do the therapy this may not be the best place for their care. The types of patients who are treated in this facility include:
• Stroke, Spinal cord Injury, Brain Injury, Joint Replacement, Hip Fractures and more.
Long Term Acute Care May also be referred to as a L-tac. Contrary to the name this is not a long term care solution for your aging parent or other loved one. A long term acute care facility is a specialty-care hospital designed for patients with serious medical problems that require intense, special treatment for an extended period of time—usually 20 to 30 days.