After a hospitalization, illness, medical procedure, or injury you may need support to help you recover to your fullest potential. Post-acute care services provide rehabilitation and palliative services after or in some cases instead of, a stay in an acute care hospital. The amount of care and support required will determine which service you may choose. You may need facility-based care in a Skilled Nursing facility for short-term therapy or nursing needs, outpatient therapy, or care provided at home through Home Health Care services.
When should you begin planning for post-acute care?
Ideally, planning for post-acute care begins before you need to access the care. Preparing in advance of needing post-acute services allows you to understand the differences within each level of care and begin researching post-acute care providers.