What to Expect During Your Stay
Patients receive uniquely individualized care at LTAC that includes:
- Physician Visits - Our physicians make rounds daily at various times during the day. You will have a primary physician who may work with physician assistants and nurse practitioners, in addition to the LTAC staff. You may also have consulting physicians involved with your care who will visit you as needed.
- Personal Care - One way patients gain the necessary skills and strength to return home is by performing as much of their own self-care (bathing, dressing, grooming) as possible. Until they are able to perform their own self-care, it will be provided for them daily or as needed by a patient care technician. Since all patients need self-care during the day, the time of day care is received may vary.
- Clinical Procedures - Throughout the day, nurses and other specialized clinical staff, such as respiratory therapists and wound care nurses, will provide the clinical care needed. This may include:
- Changing wound dressings
- Monitoring vital body functions
- Managing oxygen needs
- Providing support for ventilator patients or patients who have tracheostomy tubes
- Delivering necessary medications and nutritional supplements
- The kind of care you receive will depend on your personal needs. If you have any questions about your care, feel free to ask any of our clinical staff members for more information.
Rehabilitation – Most patients receive some type of rehabilitation during their stay at the LTAC. This may include physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), speech-language pathology (ST) and/or restorative services, such as range-of-motion exercises and help with getting in and out of bed. You will likely begin receiving therapy in your room; eventually you may travel to a gym area to work with specialized equipment. Because LTAC patients are medically unstable, therapy is provided as the patient tolerates it—some days it may be 15 minutes, other days an hour and some days none at all, depending on the acuity level of the patient.
Education and Training – An important part of your care involves you and/or your family members learning about your condition and care needs. This is done throughout the day in a variety of ways.
Rehab therapists teach adaptive techniques and how to use different pieces of equipment to help with self-care or other functional tasks. Nursing staff members teach patients and/or families about medications and management of other health conditions. A nutritionist teaches the importance of diet and the role it plays in the healing process.
– An important part of your care involves you and/or your family members learning about your condition and care needs. This is done throughout the day in a variety of ways.Rehab therapists teach adaptive techniques and how to use different pieces of equipment to help with self-care or other functional tasks. Nursing staff members teach patients and/or families about medications and management of other health conditions. A nutritionist teaches the importance of diet and the role it plays in the healing process.
- A wound care nurse teaches the treatment specific to each type of wound and the care needed to promote healing.
- A respiratory therapist teaches oxygen management and, if needed, go over a home-care protocol.
- An overview of medications by the pharmacist and/or member of the physician team is a continuous process throughout the patient’s hospitalization and upon discharge.
- A special two-week program is offered to teach families how to care for a patient on a ventilator at home.
Case Management – Each patient has an assigned case manager and/or social worker who helps drive discharge planning, provides education regarding community resources and communicates with your insurance company throughout your stay. Each week, the healthcare team meets to discuss patient progress and adjusts care plans as needed. Within three days of admission, the case manager or social worker will contact your family to hold a family conference.
Chaplain Services – A chaplain makes rounds and visits patients regularly and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.