Everything You Need To Know About Post-Acute Care

Posted by Otterbein SeniorLife on May 31, 2019 9:20:26 AM

It may be hard to know how to move on after an accident. If, for example, your mother breaks her hip, would you know where to go from there? She might need care in the immediate short-term, and then a longer rehabilitation process. Here at Otterbein SeniorLife, we can help.

What is Post-Acute Care?

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) wrote that post-acute care typically refers to care provided to patients recently released from the hospital, and can take place in many settings, including nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.

MedPac also commented that depending on the intensity of care the patient requires, treatment may include a stay in an inpatient rehab setting, or ongoing outpatient therapy or care provided at home.

After receiving post-acute care, your loved one may need short-term rehabilitation. Do you know the right steps for a smooth transition?

How Do I Know When They Should Transition Out Of Post-Acute Care?

Now that you know what post-acute care is, you need to find the right time to transition out of it and onto more rehabilitation.

According to Caring For The Ages, you want to shoot for the optimal length of stay for the person needing care, whatever care setting they are in.

You don’t want to let elders go when they are unsafe or unstable to go to a lower level of care, but you also don’t want to keep them any longer than they need to stay in a health care setting.

It’s hard to say just where the sweet spot is for each individual person, and there are many variables to factor into this equation.

So, when is the right time to transition out?

It’s all about knowing your own self or the person you’re taking care of. By asking a series of questions, helping the person you’re with through activities, and talking with your physician, you’ll be able to better gauge when it’s the right time to make the move.

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How It Works At Otterbein

Post-acute care at Otterbein is designed for people who require daily services from a licensed nurse and/or rehabilitative therapist for a limited period of time. Trained staff work with the individual, their family, and the physician to develop a personal plan of care and treatment.

The goal of Otterbein’s nursing and therapy team is to ensure that people become medically stable to return home. This includes learning to perform daily activities of living independently or with the use of assistive devices.

Our Services Include:

  • Licensed nurse 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Wound care management
  • Respiratory care
  • Social services
  • Wellness promotion
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Health management

How Does Payment Work?

Wondering if Otterbein SeniorLife is the right move for you?

Our payment sources include: Medicare Part A, private pay, and private insurance (requires pre-certification).

Next Steps: Transitioning to Rehabilitation

If you decide you need further rehabilitation after post-acute care, Otterbein SeniorLife is here to help.

Our Small House Neighborhoods offer our elders and rehab guests a place to heal after surgery, illness, or injury, plus compassionate care for those who need 24-hour specialized attention.

Our SeniorLife communities also offer a full continuum of care, from a short-term stay for rehabilitation to independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. Learn more about the options we provide for post-acute care and rehabilitation services.

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Topics: Post Acute Care/Rehabilitation