Long term care hospitals offer the same level of care you would receive in a traditional hospital or intensive care unit, but over a longer amount of time.  This is a much higher level of specialized care than the care provided in a skilled nursing or inpatient rehabilitation facility. Patients typically have around-the-clock access to physician services.  Other typical services include:

  • 24-hour nursing care from an all-registered nurse certified staff
  • Respiratory care
  • Ventilator care
  • Complex wound care
  • Intravenous antibiotics (IV therapy)
  • Physical, occupations and speech therapy
  • On-site pharmacy, diagnostic radiology and lab services
  • On-site dialysis

What types of patients and conditions are treated in a long-term care hospital?

Patients with a need for intensive medical care over a period greater than 25 days are typically sent to a long-term care hospital before they are well enough to return home or go to rehab.  These medically complex diagnoses and conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Neurological or post-trauma conditions (such as stroke, spinal cord, traumatic brain injury, paralysis or dysphagia)
  • Conditions requiring mechanical ventilation or ventilator weaning (respiratory and heart failures, emphysema, pneumonia or COPD)
  • Complex wound care (such as burns or pressure-related)
  • Conditions resulting in organ failure
  • Severe infections (such as sepsis or infectious diseases)

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