sub-acute vs. long-term care

Average Time Spent in a Nursing Home: Sub-Acute vs. Long-Term Care


Moving your loved one into a nursing center can be a difficult but important decision to make. Seventy percent of people over age 65 will require some degree of sub-acute or long-term care services in their lifetime. Choosing the right nursing center requires a great deal of consideration, so it’s normal to have plenty of questions before making that decision.

You may be wondering what the average length of stay will be in a sub-acute nursing facility or if your loved one may need long-term care instead. Although there is an average estimation of how long the process will be, it’s important to keep in mind that, regardless of the suggested time period, your experience may vary.

Average Time Spent in Nursing Home

The average length of stay at a sub-acute nursing home is 10 to 11 days. However, no two patients will have the same needs and the length of stay may differ depending on the situation. Whether they’re recovering from an injury, operation, or illness, the treatment schedules are adjusted to fit the patient’s personal needs.

Although the average sets an expectation, each individuals’ needs can vary on either side of that estimate. This is why developing a Care Coordination Plan is strongly recommended by insurance companies and essential to Knollwood.

Our Care Coordination Plan

Depending on the scenario, the needs of your loved one may vary from any set process. Our Care Coordination Team works to establish a baseline by evaluating your loved one with occupational and physical therapy within 24 hours to design a personalized care plan for your loved one’s stay.

Within 72 hours of evaluation, both the patient and family are welcome to join our Care Coordination Team for a brief meeting with our team, Case Manager, and Rehabilitation Director. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how a patient did throughout evaluations and what his or her needs would be for impediments upon release.

What To Expect During Your Stay

After the evaluation, the Care Coordination Team works with the family to develop a recovery plan that caters to their unique needs. Whether they need sub-acute or long-term care, we can work out a customized treatment schedule that accommodates your loved ones’ needs.

At Knollwood, we understand that medical procedures and recovery can be a difficult and stressful process for seniors. Our dedicated team of nurses, physicians, and senior care specialists ensure your loved one is comfortable and taken care of.

No matter what your loved one needs, we pride ourselves on our effective and compassionate care for both sub-acute and long-term seniors in a comfortable environment.

Sub-Acute Care

Sub-acute care is short-term and more intensive than long-term care. This type of care typically consists of physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions that last for two hours or less each day. It allows your loved one more time to heal and to adjust, transitioning at their own pace towards recovery.

Long Term Care

Depending on the severity of your loved ones’ needs, you may be considering long-term care. There are several types of long-term care options to accommodate a variety of needs including nursing homes, assisted living centers, rest homes, and other senior care services. In order to ensure a successful transition for both patients and families, it’s critical to choose the right type of care.

Release from Nursing Center

Throughout their stay, we’ll determine and discuss the obstacles for release at home, including stairs or doorway sizes for walkers.

Although there will be a lot of communication during the patient’s stay to discuss updates on their progress, families are still welcome to schedule a discharge meeting before the patient is scheduled to go home if they wish.

Making The Right Choice

Now that you have an idea of how long your stay might be, you may be considering the different options out there. When choosing a nursing center, we encourage you to review the options available for Care Coordination and ask all the right questions.

Choosing the right type of care for your loved one is an important decision that requires research and consideration to ensure you’re making the right choice. To help prepare, we’ve created a free Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist for you to download. Get yours today so you can ask all the right questions!

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