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What is LTAC?
A long-term acute care (LTAC) facility is a specialty-care hospital designed for medically complex patients with multiple comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, heart failure) that require extended acute inpatient care, usually 20 to 30 days. LTACs offer more individualized and resource-intensive care than a skilled nursing facility, nursing home, or inpatient rehabilitation facility. Patients are typically transferred from an intensive care unit of a traditional hospital because they no longer require diagnostic or surgical procedures offered by a traditional hospital.

What are the benefits of LTAC facilities?

In-House Services

With in-house services, patients do not have to worry about when and how they will receive things like medication and therapy, as everything is available onsite. In-house services include laboratory, pharmacy, radiology (Xray and CT Scanner), cardiac telemetry, daily physician visits, and physician specialists (e.g. infectious disease, nephrology).

Types of health issues commonly treated at LTAC’s

Personalized Treatment

Each patient has specific medical needs that need to be met. Some patients will need ventilator weaning and others will need complex wound care. To meet these diverse needs, LTAC facilities employ teams of physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, and various therapists, each specializing in different medical areas. Each team member contributes to developing the patient's multidisciplinary plan of care.

What services can you find at an LTAC facility?

The following questions can help you find the perfect fit for inpatient rehab services:

  • Postsurgery care
  • Wound care
  • Antibiotics and IVs
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Daily physician visits
  • Ventilator Management
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Laboratory
  • MD specialists
  • Pharmacy
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Dialysis
  • Brain injury care

What questions should I ask when considering an LTAC facility?

Please consider the following questions when you are looking for an LTAC facility

Services: "Do you offer the services I need?"

Specialties: "Are there team members that specialize in the care I need?"

Budget-friendliness: "Will the facility work with my insurance to cover most of the cost?"

Reputation: "How have past patients and their families rated you?"

Credentials: "What credentials do you require for your team?"

Qualifying: "Do I qualify for LTAC?" (Some facilities may require their patients to be a certain age or have a certain care level to be accepted.)

GuidingPatients knows that it can be confusing and challenging to pick an LTAC hospital. That's why we provide you with information needed to make an informed decision. Our goal is for patients to receive the best care possible.

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