If you or your loved one has been referred to Kindred, you may have questions. Here are some answers.
Short-term hospitals excel at helping patients with acute conditions who can recover in a relatively short time – the average stay in a short-term hospital is about five days.
But some patients have more serious illnesses or even several illnesses at the same time. They require long-term acute care from an interdisciplinary team with a special expertise in caring for seriously ill, medically complex patients. That long-term team approach is what takes place at Kindred.
Patients at a Kindred facility require a higher level of care than those in a skilled nursing center or other care facility. There is a physician in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week and patients are seen at least once per day by their attending physician. Kindred also provides around-the-clock nursing care and respiratory therapy including hourly rounding.
Kindred is generally the most suitable setting for patients with diagnoses of:
Kindred manages more ventilators and employs more respiratory therapists than any other healthcare provider in America.
A Kindred clinical liaison will meet with the patient’s care coordinator and review the patient chart to obtain a complete understanding of the facility treatment, as well as past medical history. Once a patient is approved, a mutually agreed upon admission date and time will be established.
With more than a decade of experience, we recognize the importance of understanding and preparing for individual needs prior to patient arrival. The result is a less stressful transition process for both patients and families.
Part of the admission process outlined above includes verification of insurance. We accept most forms of insurance. Our clinical liaison or a representative from our business office will answer any financial or insurance questions.
All physicians are encouraged to follow their patients to Kindred. Should the current physician(s) decline, we will provide them with updates as to the patient’s medical status. Patients are seen at least once a day by an attending physician. All of our physicians are board certified and cover a wide range of fields, including internal medicine, critical care and pulmonary care. A physician is in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the needs of our patients.
Rehabilitation services in our facilities are provided by Kindred’s rehabilitation services division, RehabCare. We believe that early rehabilitation is essential for recovering strength and function. Our rehabilitation team includes:
Assessment begins immediately, and service may be provided five days per week. The duration of daily therapy sessions depends upon the patient’s tolerance level.
Kindred patients are discharged to the next lower intensity level of care. Many discharge options are available through Kindred, including:
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