If someone you love is in need of extended care at a hospital, it may come as a shock. Long-term acute care hospitals help patients who are chronically ill, or who require extended care post-ICU. What do you need to know when looking for a long term care hospital? Making the decision on what’s best for your needs is most important.
The first thing you should do when trying to find a long term care hospital is to find somewhere that specializes in your needs. Most long term care hospitals service a wide-range of complex medical needs, however one may specialize in a specific disease or rehab that you specifically need. The hospital may be a research hospital that will attract new kinds of treatment for your specific condition that may appeal to you more than traditional methods.
Because finding the right hospital is about communication, make sure to explain your needs to your doctor so you can learn his or her recommendations. You and your doctor have a specific relationship and understanding about your medical care, giving you a great resource. Your doctor will also communicate with the long term care hospital to go over medical history and current medical needs. Communication between you, your family, and with the long term care hospital is also key. Long term care hospitals use teams that will be working on you. It’s important that you feel comfortable with that team.
The team that will work with you during your long stay will have various medical expertise in areas specific to your needs. That includes doctors, specialists, nurses, nutritionists, therapists and case workers. The team will create a plan based on your needs, which circles back to the importance of communication. You want a group that you feel confident with, and comfortable talking with you. A good long term care team understands spending time talking with you and your family. You should never go somewhere that makes you feel rushed.
Cost is no doubt a very important issue when looking at long term care in a hospital. Medicare Part A does cover long term care and you will only be responsible for your deductible and/or coinsurance during your benefit periods (depending on your specific plan). You will likely not have to pay a second deductible if you are in the hospital past your plan’s coverage period. There are guidelines however. You must be transferred to a long term hospital within 60 days of being discharged from an impatient stay and/or you are transferred directly from an acute care hospital. Your doctor will understand your specific health plan best and be able to break down the costs for you.
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