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  • What is Long-Term Acute Care?

    Long-term acute care (LTAC) is the type of care provided in Kindred Transitional Care Facilities. More than 20 years ago, Kindred helped to pioneer the long-term acute model of care. Today, Kindred has a nationwide network of transitional care facilities unique in their ability to care for medically complex patients who benefit from extended recovery time.

    Our patients receive this much needed care through treatment delivered according to their individual needs. Our board-certified physicians see patients daily to assure the best outcomes possible. The majority of our patients are admitted after a stay in a short-term hospital, often from intensive care and step-down units. Kindred specializes in caring for patients with:

    • an average length of stay of 25-30 days
    • three to six concurrent active diagnoses and an acute episode on top of several chronic illnesses and co-morbidities that cannot be treated effectively at an alternative level of care
    • multiple acute complexities as determined by a physician assessment and subsequent documentation requiring daily physician intervention

    What Is a Transitional Care Facility?

    Transitional care facilities are unique in their ability to care for difficult to treat, chronically ill patients who require specialized and aggressive goal-directed care over an extended recovery period. Typical patients have multiple co-morbidities, multi organ system failure, and significant loss of independence, most following a traditional hospital stay.

    We are unique in our ability to care for critically ill patients who require specialized, aggressive, goal-directed care over an extended recovery period. Transitional care facilities provide care to complex medically complex patients who require an extended stay in a highly focused setting.

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    When a family is trying to decide which post-acute care setting a family member should go to — a nursing home, a transitional care hospital, or a rehabilitation center — there is one basic question: Does the patient’s care need to be directed by a physician (in a transitional care hospital), by a nurse (in a nursing facility), or by a rehabilitation team (in a rehabilitation hospital)? If a patient needs a doctor every day — one who is available at all times — the patient needs to be in a transitional care facility for long-term acute care.

    Our long-term acute care patients come from a variety of healthcare settings, but about 95% come from short-term acute care hospitals. Our patients have a large variety of complicated medical conditions, occurring at the same time. Those patients usually end up in a short-term acute care hospital before they come to Kindred.

    An Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Care

    The interdisciplinary team is made up of clinicians who have a responsibility in the patient's recovery. It's led by the attending physician and includes nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, as well as physical therapists. These seven or eight people set goals, mark progress and coordinate the care so the patient’s outcome can be as good as it possibly can be.

    Our patients may have experienced a number of medical issues while in the short-term acute care hospitals. In the transitional care facility, our goals are different: In the short-term acute care hospitals, the goal is to stabilize the patient day-to-day. In the transitional care facility, the interdisciplinary team's job is to identify the medical conditions, formulate a treatment plan, set reasonable goals and coordinate everyone's interests around meeting those goals. Those goals are not simply to get the patient through the night, but to work toward improvement over the long term.

    When a Kindred Transitional Care Facility Is the Right Choice

    The fundamental question is, "Is the best place for me as a patient in a hospital where people like me make up only one or two percent of the patients? Or is it in a place that is filled with people just like me, with a large burden of illness with a lot of complexity?" At a transitional care facility, the staff can look at their patients or loved ones and say, "I recognize this type of patient, I know what to do, I know how they're different, how they're unique, and how they're special."

    This is what we do. We can provide for our patients and their loved ones what they need: hope, healing and recovery.

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      • daily physician visits
      • nursing
      • respiratory therapy
      • physical, occupational and speech-language therapies
      • nutritional therapy
      • case management and social services
      • laboratory, radiology and pharmacy
      • telemetry
      • dialysis
      • pain management
      • family interventions
      • palliative care services
      • special procedures
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