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Levels of Care

Understanding the Types of Care Available

Patients and their loved ones have many options for post-hospital care. The definitions below describe the levels of care available.

Acute Care  Hospice Care 
Extended Acute Care  Retirement Centers 
Rehabilitation Hospital  Senior Day Care Centers 
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services  Home Health Care 
Skilled Nursing Home Care Home Medical Equipment
Intermediate Nursing Home Care  Extra Help in the Home 


Acute Care
- Deaconess Hospital is an example of an acute care facility. Hospital services are primarily used to stabilize a medical condition using medication, surgery, and/or other procedures. The length of hospitalization depends on the severity of a patient's illness or injury. Patients are discharged when medical care can be managed in a less acute setting.

Extended Acute Care - This is a continuation of hospital level care offered by facilities like Select Specialty Hospital. It is available to patients who require medical care that is not available in a skilled care facility. Average length of stay is 25 days.

Rehabilitation Hospital - A rehab hospital, such as the  HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, also offers a continuation of hospital level care. Their focus is on rehabilitation services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Average length of stay is around 18 days.

Outpatient Rehabilitation - Deaconess Physical Medicine is an outpatient rehabilitation provider offering physical, occupational and speech therapies to rehabilitate patients after an illness or injury.

Skilled Nursing Home Care - This is a less acute level of care. It is available for patients requiring some skilled medical service (physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, IV therapy, wound care, etc.) that cannot be given at home.

Intermediate Nursing Home Care - This is for patients who require long-term care but don't require the level of care provided by skilled nursing home care.

Hospice Care - Hospice providers offer care to patients who are facing a life-limiting illness and seeking no further curative treatment. Deaconess Hospice Care provides Hospice Services in the patient's home, in a caregiver's home, in a long-term care facility, or in the Deaconess Hospice Care Center. The goal is to control pain and unpleasant symptoms, while providing families with the educational tools and support necessary for quality end-of-life care.

Retirement Centers - These facilities typically offer living quarters and meal services for a standard fee. Assisted living services may be provided by the facility or an outside home health agency, such as Deaconess Home Care, for an additional fee. Assisted living services include help with bathing, medication monitoring, and regular safety checks, among other services.

Senior Day Care Centers - These programs offer structured activities for seniors during the day. One meal is typically included.

Home Health Care - Home health care providers offer a variety of skilled nursing, therapy and assisted living services at home. The Deaconess Home Care team includes nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and social workers. They provide care in the comfort of home with the goal of returning patients to their previous level of health.

Home Medical Equipment - These providers, including Deaconess Home Medical Equipment and Infusion Services, provide durable medical equipment and IV services to patients at home. They offer hospital beds, bedroom accessories, bathroom aids, mobility equipment, respiratory and oxygen supplies, and more.

Extra Help in the Home - Many individuals benefit from help with housework, meal preparation and other light duties. Families may find a reliable person to offer this service, or they may get help from a home health agency such as Deaconess Home Care.

Deaconess Hospital patients may contact the Case Management Department at 812/450-3455 for assistance.