Subacute care is primarily for patients who have recently been hospitalized and are not yet healthy enough to return home.
Patients live at the subacute facility for a short period (28 days, on average) and receive nursing and therapy care to rebuild their strength and also learn how to better manage their disease or condition.
Patients who are referred for subacute services may have:
- Medical diseases or conditions that limit function (i.e. congestive heart failure, status-post open heart surgery, pulmonary deficits)
- Neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, neuropathies, etc.
- Orthopedic conditions, including total joint replacements and fractures
Services offered at a subacute facility may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Wound care
Patients are often discharged from a hospital to a subacute setting and are referred by a physician, case manager or discharge planner. Patients and their families can request a Catholic Health subacute facility by telling their hospital discharge planner of their preference.