What is Post-Acute Care

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Published on April 03, 2019

What is Post-Acute Care?

Infographic of the healthcare cycle

graphic of a handshake in a heart shapeFollowing a hospitalization for injury or illness, many patients require continued medical care, either at home or in a specialized facility. Post-acute care refers to a range of medical care services that support the individual’s continued recovery from illness or management of a chronic illness or disability.

Post-acute care includes rehabilitation or palliative services that beneficiaries receive after or in some cases instead of, a stay in an acute care hospital. Depending on the intensity of care the patient requires, treatment may include a stay in a facility, ongoing outpatient therapy, or care provided at home.

PIH Health offers the following post-acute care services:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation (17 bed program located at PIH Health Hospital – Whittier)
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation (Locations at PIH Health Hospital – Whittier, PIH Health Hospital – Downey and in La Mirada)
  • Skilled Nursing (33 bed program located at PIH Health Hospital – Whittier)
  • Home Health (Branch offices located in La Mirada and Arcadia)
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice
  • Outpatient Social Work

By offering the entire post-acute continuum of care PIH Health helps ease the transition between healthcare providers by better aligning our physicians, hospitals and post-acute care settings according to the patient’s needs. This collaboration is designed to streamline the transfer of care and reduce hospital readmissions.

To learn more about post-acute care services offered at PIH Health please call 562.698.0811 Ext. 65094.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.