A young man has an accident and suffers a spinal cord injury. After he is stabilized at an acute-care hospital, he spends time in inpatient rehabilitation and then is discharged to outpatient rehabilitation care. He has a long life ahead of him with new and sometimes terrifying challenges.
Long-term acute care (LTCH) hospitals provide medical and rehabilitative care for longer periods to people with complex problems. A typical stay is 25 days. Acute and chronic conditions that may require long-term care include:
It’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”
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For people in wheelchairs, including those individuals who have had spinal cord injuries, private body functions, such as bowel movements, can become an issue. This is because the injury prevents muscles and nerves from working together properly.