What Happens After You Leave the Hospital?
Being discharged from the hospital doesn’t mean you are completely well. Many patients need additional services following their hospital stay.
The Deaconess Case Management staff is here to help you make informed decisions about post-hospital care. Our social workers and nurses specialize in connecting patients with available resources and will walk you through your options.
Types of Post-Hospital Care
Deaconess Midtown Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital are examples of acute care facilities. Patients in this type of setting are actively ill or injured. 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 intense 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.
A rehab hospital, such as the HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, 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 18 days.
Deaconess Physical Medicine is an outpatient rehabilitation provider offering physical, occupational and speech therapies to help 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 services (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 providers offer care to patients who are facing a life-limiting illness and seeking no further curative treatment. Deaconess VNA Hospice provides services in the patient's home, in a caregiver's home, in a long-term care facility, or in our inpatient hospice facilities (Linda E. White Hospice House and the John and Betty Charlier 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.
Assisted Living 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 VNA Home Health 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 VNA Home Health 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 Health Care.
Deaconess patients may contact the Case Management Department at 812-450-3455