Resources: Senior Health Issues at Hebrew SeniorLife

What is Post-Acute Care

Post-acute care is a special level of care not offered at acute-care hospitals. When patients require post-acute care, they are transferred to a facility where the care is tailored to their individual goals. A team of health care professionals, including rehabilitation specialists, will work with the patient and his or her family to make sure their goals for recovery are achieved.     

Some reasons for transfer to a post-acute facility may include a need for extended medical care, treatment for complex medical conditions, and/or rehabilitation services.

Post-acute care is often required for patients with a wide range of pulmonary, cardiovascular, orthopedic, neurological and other medical and post surgical conditions, including joint replacement and strokes.

In most cases, patients are offered a choice of facilities for their post-acute care.

To find the facility that is right for you, consider the following:

  • Talk to your physician.  Physicians know their patients best and often recommend places they know and trust.   They want their patients to achieve exceptional outcomes while having a positive experience. 
  • If you are an older adult, consider a facility that specializes in caring for this population. An older adult or senior has different needs than a younger person.  You want experts with the skills to care for your specific needs.
  • Visit websites.  Do they offer testimonials?  You can learn from hearing what other patients have to say about the care they received. Watch videos of patients at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
  • If time allows, have a family member or someone you trust, visit the facility.

Ask questions:

  • What  equipment will be used to during the patient’s stay? 
  • Do they have the appropriate equipment for the patient’s condition?
  • Is the facility close to your home?  Will it be easy for family and friends to visit? 
  • What are the visiting hours?  Are visiting hours convenient for your family?
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