Vibra Healthcare FAQs
Information on Medical Rehabilitation & Long Term Acute Care Services
Vibra Healthcare is not a traditional hospital—we are a nationwide network of long-term acute care and rehabilitation facilities that care for patients dealing with serious medical conditions. Below you can read answers to some of the questions we usually receive and learn a little more about what we offer and how we expand on the care provided by standard medical centers.
What is long term acute care (LTAC)?
When you are brought to the hospital for a serious medical incident such as a heart attack or brain injury, the treatment you receive there is called “acute” care. Hospitals do not expect their patients to stay for an extended period of time and will usually recommend discharge within four to five days. In many cases, this is not enough time for a patient to recover to a point where they can safely return home. Most hospitals are not designed to facilitate care for an extended period, so they will refer these patients to a long term acute care facility like Vibra Healthcare.
Our hospitals are built to meet the needs of patients who require longer recovery periods. We equip our facilities with state-of-the-art technology that allows us to monitor a patient’s condition and respond quickly if there are any unexpected developments. Our goal is to help patients advance their recovery when traditional hospitals do not have the time or resources to help them.
How long can I stay in an LTAC hospital?
Most patients with extended care needs stay in the hospital anywhere between 25 and 30 days. That said, every patient is different, and we would never recommend discharge for a patient after 30 days if we believed they could not live safely outside the hospital.
What Kinds of Conditions are treated at an LTAC hospital?
There are numerous conditions that an LTAC hospital is prepared to treat. Generally, these facilities treat patients suffering from chronic conditions that do not go away within a few days. These include cancer, heart disease, traumatic injuries, lung disease, stroke, and more. Medical issues like these often require the patient receive acute care for a period longer than a traditional hospital is prepared for.
What is a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and how is it different from LTAC?
A skilled nursing facility is a medical center or nursing home staffed with registered nurses who have received special medical training. The care a patient receives here is more involved than what is found in a regular nursing home, as the residents usually suffer from some type of disability that makes it difficult for them to live independently.
SNFs can treat patients for the short term during their rehabilitation period, or long term if it is unlikely that a patient’s condition will significantly improve. They are different from LTAC hospitals in that, while they do provide an advanced level of medical care, that are not designed to treat complex medical conditions the same way an LTAC hospital is. In LTAC care, it is expected that patients will eventually reach a point where they can return home, while at SNFs, patients may become permanent residents.
Vibra Healthcare operates both LTAC hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Contact your local facility to learn more about the services they offer.
What is Medical Rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is a treatment program where patients work with a team of physical therapists to overcome the functional limitations of their condition. For instance, if a patient suffered a stroke and was having difficulty moving the right side of their body, a physical therapist will either help them regain mobility or teach them new ways to live with the condition so that it does not impact their quality of life.
Every rehabilitation program is different. At Vibra Healthcare, we take the time to get to know our patients and understand how their condition has affected them. After a thorough evaluation, our team develops a personalized treatment program that focuses on the patient’s needs and goals.
What is the difference between physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists?
Physical therapy – This rehabilitation is focused on helping people deal with the more pressing concerns of a medical issue. The goal is to help patients regain general mobility and reach a point in recovery where they are less likely to suffer a recurring incident.
Occupational therapy – Occupational therapists focus on helping patients live their day-to-day lives without discomfort. They can help patients reach very specific goals, such as overcoming a physical limitation that prevents someone from returning to work. When a complete recovery is impossible, they teach patients focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t, and help them find new activities that improve their quality of life.
Speech therapy – Conditions like brain injuries or a stroke can hinder a person’s ability to speak. Speech therapists and speech-language pathologists are trained to find the root cause of a patient’s difficulty and help them learn how to communicate without difficulty.
How do I get a referral to an LTAC or rehabilitation hospital?
Medical professionals will usually refer patients to another care facility when they realize their patient needs specialized health services. You can also ask your doctor about LTAC or rehabilitation and find out if they would be willing to refer you.
At Vibra Healthcare, we accept referrals from physicians, hospitals, case managers, insurance companies, and former patients.
If you would like to learn more about Vibra Healthcare or long term acute care, please contact us today.