Postacute care, also called subacute care or transitional care, is a type of short-term care provided by many long-term care and rehabilitation facilities and hospitals, which may include rehabilitation services, specialized care for certain conditions (such as stroke and diabetes) and/or postsurgical care and other services associated with the transition between the hospital and home. Residents of these units often have been hospitalized recently and typically have more complicated medical needs. The goal of subacute care is to discharge residents to their homes or to a lower level of care.
SOURCE: Health Care in America: Trends in Utilization.
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January 11, 2007