When a loved one in your life who has a serious medical condition, choosing the appropriate level of care for them can seem overwhelming.  After they are discharged from intensive care units, what at the next steps?

Many people have never heard of a long-term acute care hospital because the services are specially designed for people with unique medical needs who require serious care.

That’s why it can be so confusing and overwhelming if your loved one’s physician says they would like to transition them to a long-term acute care hospital, or LTACH, especially if you’re already being treated in a hospital.

Acuity Specialty Hospitals are this type of specialty facility, and we often get questions from families about our care. Below are explanations to some of those frequently asked questions.

Are LTACH’s similar to an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital or a Long Term Nursing Facility?

Long Term Acute Care Hospitals offer a completely different level of care where patients are seen daily by physicians. Most are very similar to an ICU or ICU step down unit at a short term acute care hospital.  An acute rehabilitation facility does not offer intensive medical care for a patient.  The patient going to an acute rehabilitation facility is expected to have a higher level of functionality with a stabilized medical condition in order to receive aggressive physical and occupational therapy. A long term nursing facility is a facility that offers long term care for a patient as their permanent place of residence.   

Why do physicians and hospitals recommend a Long Term Acute Care Hospital?

Traditional hospitals are equipped and staffed to manage critically ill and medically complex patients for a limited amount of time. A Long Term Acute Care Hospital is specifically designed to manage these same patients over a longer period of time.

Patients admitted to Acuity Healthcare typically have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Ventilator Dependent Respiratory Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Tracheotomy with high flow oxygen needs or medical complications
  • Acute Cardiac Disease or complications of Cardiac Surgery
  • Major Trauma
  • Neurological Injury or Illness
  • Complex Medical Diseases
  • Multi-System Failure
  • Renal Disease
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Complex Wounds
  • Complex Orthopedic Conditions
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

For more comprehensive questions and answers, please visit our FAQ section on our website.