Short-Term Post-Acute Care
With today’s shorter hospital stays, many adults require additional therapy and skilled services for a short time following discharge from the hospital. Often the necessary services are not practical to be provided at home. Sometimes the patient’s home itself is a challenge with too many stairs or there is a lack of appropriate care givers available 24 hours per day. Skilled nursing centers provide short-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapy that can help enable a safe, effective and quick return to independence.
If you have Medicare coverage and have spent three nights in the hospital you may qualify for the Medicare Skilled Nursing benefit. If you have commercial health insurance such as that provided by an employer you may also qualify for skilled nursing services. You should verify your coverage through your insurance carrier or the hospitals discharge planner.
Good Shepherd's team of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, dieticians, social workers and nursing assistants provide individualized treatment and rehabilitation programs that fit each patient’s personal needs.
Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Services are often provided after:
- General or cardiac surgery,
- Joint replacement and orthopedic surgery,
- Cardiac events and interventions (such as stent insertions or treatment for Congestive Heart Failure)
- Respiratory Issues
We also provide complex nursing care for:
- Pain management
- Specialized skin and wound care
- Nutritional support and diabetes management
- Intravenous Therapy (IV) for antibiotics or other medications
Our Goal: Getting You Home Quickly with Maximum Independence and Functional Ability
Our greatest satisfaction as a provider is seeing a patient going out the front door confident that they are functioning at or above the level that they set as a goal when they arrived.
Plan Your Post-Acute Care in Advance of Elective Surgery
Short-term post-acute stays often follow scheduled surgical procedures such as hip or knee replacements and other elective surgery. We highly encourage you to consider your options for post-acute care before your elective hospital stay, even if you think or hope you may be able to go home directly from the hospital.
A visit to our center before your surgery to see the accommodations and meet some of our nursing and rehabilitation team will allow you to consider your options and make a better decision as well as relieving in anxiety about how you will be cared for after surgery.
Although almost everyone wants to be back in their own home as quickly as possible after surgery, consideration should be given about how much help you may need bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom safely in the middle of the night. Our professional nursing team provides dignified care and support 24 hours per day. We also know many adults do not want to burden their adult children with their care needs and having professional care givers available 24 hours per day allows your family to perform the important role of being your emotional support team. Our therapy team is also able to provide you more frequent and regular therapy than you may be able to receive from either an outpatient therapy provider or a home health provider offering the potential for you to recover more quickly and regain your independence sooner.
You Have Been Unexpectedly
Admitted To the Hospital
You and Your Family Can Still Take Charge of Your Hospital Discharge
If you did not have time to plan before you entered an acute care hospital, you still have the opportunity to participate fully in your discharge plan. Ask to speak with the hospital discharge planner or case manager.
Share with the discharge planner any concerns you have about your ability to manage your own personal care, your medications, housekeeping, caregiving duties, mobility, and recovery needs once you are at home. Often an honest review of an older patient’s needs and support systems will suggest that consideration of a short stay in a skilled nursing center may produce a better and less stressful outcome for the patient and family.
Important things to consider about the patient and home situation:
- Availability of family or companion support: Does the patient have family members or friends who can help as they recover? Are they available 24 hours per day if needed?
- Understanding the necessary medical follow up: Does the patient or spouse understand what medicines to take, symptoms or complications to watch for, how to care for incisions and when to seek follow up care?
- Cognitive status: Does the patient fully understand what’s going on and what they need to do to recover their health?
- Emotional status: Is the patient experiencing depression or anxiety as result of medical complications?
- Activity level: Does the patient need assistance walking or getting out of bed?
- Home’s suitability for the patient’s condition: Does the home have stairs, which could be difficult, if a walker or wheelchair is necessary? Can the patient get out of the house alone if there were a fire?
- Ability to obtain healthy nutritious meals: If the patient can’t get to the grocery store or cook, is there someone who can help?
- Transportation and access to medicine and services: Will the patient be able to safely drive to follow-up appointments or pharmacy and grocery trips?