Sub-Acute Care for Seniors

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 go out of their way to ensure your loved one is comfortable and taken care of. We pride ourselves on our effective and compassionate sub-acute care for seniors. Our program is designed to provide your loved one with the services they need in a comfortable environment.

What Is Sub-Acute Care for Seniors?

Medical procedures, illness, or other medical setbacks present a unique problem for many senior patients. Often, they require continued care for several weeks—care that cannot be provided to them in their former living arrangements. While staying at a hospital is possible, this is often a stressful and expensive experience. So what are your options when your loved one isn’t ready to return home, but you don’t want to stress them out with an extended hospital stay?

For many families, sub-acute care is the answer. This is a step between the hospital and home. It is a warmer, more comfortable environment than the hospital, but patients have easy access to all of the supports and rehabilitative services they will need until they are ready to return home.

Sub-Acute Care

Sub-acute care is less intensive than acute care. While the goal is still to help your loved one regain their strength and mobility, it is more appropriate for injuries or illnesses that won’t withstand the more intense therapy sessions of acute care. It typically consists of physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions that last two hours or less each day. It allows your loved one more time to heal and to adjust, transitioning at their own pace back to their “normal,” whatever that may be.

Acute Care

Acute care is an intensive rehabilitation process designed to get patients back to their prior functioning quickly. It involves physical, occupational, and speech therapy about five times a week-three hours or more per day.

Who Benefits from Sub-Acute Care?

Sub-acute care is not for everyone. Since the goal of this level of care is ultimately to return patients to independent living, not every senior is a good fit. It’s important to consider the extent of your loved one’s injury or illness and to be realistic about their situation; would your loved one benefit more from an assisted living community or a nursing home? Seniors who could most benefit from sub-acute care include:

Those recovering from an injury. A broken bone or soft tissue injury can seriously impede a senior’s ability to care for themselves at home. 24-hour in-home care is impractical and expensive. In a sub-acute setting, your loved one will receive the care and treatment they need, speeding the recovery process and allowing them to get stronger before they return home.

Those who have experienced an illness. If your loved one is hospitalized for an illness, sub-acute care is an important stepping stone back to independent living. A long hospital stay can impact seniors’ overall conditioning. Inactivity results in a decrease in fitness, which happens more rapidly as we age. With the supervision and coordination of care that comes with sub-acute care, your loved one can recover quickly from their hospital stay.

Those recovering from surgery. These days, hospitals make every effort to discharge patients as quickly as possible. If no complications arise during surgery, your loved one is likely to be discharged soon after. However, seniors require time and therapy to fully recover from any surgery, whether scheduled or unplanned. If your loved one requires help for longer than is covered by their hospital stay, sub-acute care becomes necessary. A care team will work with them to ensure they recover at the fastest pace possible while providing the necessary supports as they grow stronger.

My mother was released from the Knollwood today after an almost 3-week stay. All the staff (I would name them; but I don’t want to leave any out) I met with were amazing and she received excellent care. When anyone is needing a rehabilitation or care facility; I will highly recommend they choose the Knollwood as their first choice.

What Can I Expect for Care?

No two patients have the same medical needs, so we at Knollwood work to create a customized sub-acute care plan for your loved one. We provide the medical services they need in a safe and comfortable environment. Some services we provide include:

Occupational therapy

Physical therapy

Speech therapy

Patients spend several hours a day working with trained professionals to help them through the healing process. The process is multi-disciplinary; your loved one’s whole team will work with one another and with you to determine the best possible actions to take.

When your loved one receives customized care from dedicated professionals, they’ll have a more comfortable and successful path to recovery, and before long they will be able to move back into their prior living situation, be it in an assisted living facility or on their own at home.

What Happens Afterwards?

The goal of subacute care is to return your loved one back to their prior functioning. However, depending on the extent of their illness or injury, this might not be fully possible. Instead, treatment will aim to bring your loved one to the highest level of functioning possible. Keep in mind that adjustments may need to be made; they may not be able to return to a completely independent living situation. An assisted living community or another option might be the next move.

Whatever the future may hold, your sub-acute team will work with you and your loved one to help you understand the next steps. If further outpatient treatment is required, your team will make the appropriate recommendations and referrals. Our goal is to make the transition out of sub-acute care as easy on you and your family member as possible.

Ready to Talk?

We know that you are dedicated to helping your loved one through this often difficult process, and we want to help. If you want to learn more about our sub-acute care program, fill out the contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you. We look forward to speaking with you—and to helping your loved one.