Sub-acute care is a relatively new and rapidly growing medical care service in America. It focuses upon care right after a serious illness in a hospital, when you still need antibiotics or physical therapy while recovering. Nursing facilities are dedicating entire wings, even entire facilities, to provide high-tech, hospital-like medical care to seriously ill patients of all ages. Generally, the individual's condition is such that the care does not depend heavily on high-technology monitoring or complex diagnostic procedures.
Sub-acute care facilities are sometimes reimbursed by Medicare or other insurance, but the situation is changing and complicated and you would do well to make arrangements and decisions ahead of time. Sub-acute facilities are usually licensed as nursing homes, not hospitals.
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|Copyright © 1999, 2006 by Joanne Lynn. This extract from the Handbook for Mortals by Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D. is used with permission. To learn more about improving care at the end of life visit the main web site for Americans for Better Care of the Dying.|