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What's the difference between inpatient rehabilitation and a subacute facility?

Inpatient rehabilitation and subacute stroke rehabilitation are both types of care that can help people recover from a stroke. However, there are some key differences between the two types of care.

Inpatient rehabilitation is more intensive that is typically provided in a hospital or rehabilitation center with a team of healthcare professionals providing a range of therapies and services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, cognitive therapy, psychological support, and social work services. 

Subacute stroke rehabilitation is a less intensive type of care that is typically provided in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). This is usually recommended if there are still needs that can be met from rehabilitation but medically they are stable. These situations can arise if your loved one isn’t strong enough to care for themselves yet without additional help at home. This is considered a bridge between inpatient rehabilitation and going home.  Subacute stroke rehabilitation typically lasts for 1-2 months, but it can be longer for people with more complex needs.

Knowing these differences can help you advocate for your loved one. Some of these recommendations are also contingent with your insurance benefits as they may only cover for care in certain facilities up to a certain number of days. 


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