What Is Post-Acute Care?

What Is Post-Acute Care?

If you or a loved one were recently released from the hospital, then proper care is essential for a full recovery. After all, even minor procedures can lead to major complications if patients don’t heal quickly. However, we understand some patients may require extra attention following surgery or extensive treatment for an illness. Our post-acute care providers gladly step up to bridge this gap. Allow us to explain exactly what post-acute care is and how it benefits our patients.

Post-Acute Care

Post-acute care or transition care is an umbrella term for a wide range of personalized medical services. We generally provide it after a patient is discharged from a hospital or other primary care facility. Our transition care can last anywhere from days to weeks, and it often includes both short- and long-term services focused mainly on patient recovery and rehabilitation.

The goal of our post-acute care is to help patients quickly regain their independence and return to their daily activities. This may require physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, intravenous therapy, respiratory therapy, or nutrition counseling. Some providers also aid with activities of daily living. These generally include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, housekeeping, medication management, and transportation services.

Our healthcare professionals also advise patients on how to best manage their condition and prevent complications in the future. This is necessary for our patients to regain their independence as quickly as possible. However, we also understand many retired and low-income patients worry about the cost of post-acute care. Luckily, Medicare and other personal insurance plans may cover some or most of their medical costs depending on their unique needs.

Types of Post-Acute Care Services

We offer several distinct types of post-acute care services available depending on our patients’ needs. These include but aren’t limited to home health services, skilled nursing care, hospice care, rehabilitation therapy, respite care, and speech therapy. Depending on our patient’s diagnosis and condition, they may need multiple services to fully recover.

Our post-acute care helps our patients to heal quickly and safely while managing any complications they may have experienced while in the hospital. Regardless of the services offered, our transition care providers always aim to help patients regain their strength and return home with confidence.

Who Provides this Care?

Our post-acute care providers are licensed medical professionals who specialize in certain fields. They may be registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, or certified medical assistants. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, counselors, social workers, and case managers may also be involved in some cases.

Our post-acute care providers work together to provide their patients with the best quality of care possible. While some of their duties may overlap, each member plays a distinct role to minimize complications and maximize overall patient health. That way, our patients benefit from both the individual expertise of providers and that of the entire team.

Benefits of Post-Acute Care

There are many benefits of post-acute care for those who need it. For instance, it can shorten the length of hospital stays by providing additional support for patients at home. This may reduce overall healthcare costs for patients by minimizing readmissions and avoiding expensive stays in skilled nursing facilities.

Our post-acute care also allows our patients to receive personalized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. This often translates to faster recovery times and improved overall outcomes. Plus, our post-acute care services can help our patients reclaim their independence, regain their socials skills, and significantly improve their mental health.

Recover with Confidence

High-quality post-acute care is essential for a rapid recovery, especially following major surgery. It can often shorten hospital stays, reduce overall healthcare costs, and improve overall patient outcomes. Our licensed post-acute care providers gladly step up to help our patients return home with confidence.

If you have any questions or concerns about our post-acute care services, then please feel free to contact us for more information. Our team specializes in caring for those in assisted living and memory care facilities, and we’d be happy to answer your questions today.