"The day before my husband was to be released from LifeCare, he turned to me and said he knew he had been given a second chance at life. For this reason our family will be forever grateful to the doctors, nurses, therapists and staff of LifeCare, whom my husband now refers to as his 'angels'."
-Sharon from Texas
FAQs for Patients
Choosing a healthcare facility for yourself or a loved one is a difficult - often stressful - decision. Our hospitals strive to make this process as easy as possible by providing answers to many of the questions we receive most often.
Do your hospitals offer critical and intensive care?
Yes. Every hospital in the LifeCare Family is fully staffed and equipped to treat medically complex patients who require intensive medical care for an extended period of time. Our hospitals focus primarily on the care of medically complex patients who require intensive, round-the-clock treatment. Many of our patients are transferred to our hospital after a stay in an intensive care unit and have often experienced multiple system failures and slow response to traditional medical treatments.
How are LTACHs different from general acute care hospitals and nursing homes?
Long term acute care hospitals offer structured programs for patients suffering from critical illness or injury. General acute care hospitals focus on stabilizing the patient’s medical condition and treating them for a shorter period. Though nursing homes often care for individuals for an extended time, they are not equipped to provide intensive medical care. LTACHs specialize in providing a full complement of on-site treatment and diagnostic services with a delivery focus that improves a patient’s response to treatment.
Are nurses and physicians in your hospitals qualified to care for critically ill, medically acute patients and/or rehabilitation patients?
Yes, our hospitals are staffed with Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-certified nurses and respiratory therapists. Our multidisciplinary treatment teams are directed by highly trained, committed physicians and include healthcare professionals involved in all aspects of a patient’s care: nurses, respiratory therapists, physical medicine specialists, radiologists, pharmacists, dietitians and case managers. We believe it’s never too soon to begin thinking about rehabilitation. By introducing aggressive therapies to even the most critically ill patients, we strive to prevent physical deterioration and begin the recovery process sooner.
Are a patient’s nutritional needs analyzed and addressed?
Absolutely. We take a holistic approach in developing a personalized treatment plan for each patient, which includes a strong nutritional component. Each patient is assigned a dietitian who works closely with other members of the treatment team to create a nutritional plan tailored to the patient’s needs and preferences.
Do your hospitals have case managers to provide regular updates and assist with discharge planning?
Yes. These individuals work to develop and maintain a plan of care that incorporates LifeCare’s core clinical standards, bringing together other members of the treatment team for routine meetings on the patient’s progress. Case managers also provide education, support and discharge planning services to patients and their families.
How often do patients have access to their physician and other members of the treatment team?
Patients have access to members of their treatment team 24 hours a day. Each patient’s care is overseen by a physician who monitors the patient’s progress daily and develops a treatment plan based on his or her individual needs. Patients also have round-the-clock access to nurses, respiratory therapists and other professionals trained in both critical care and rehabilitation therapies.
How often does a patient receive therapy each day?
All patients receive therapies according to their tolerance and their need. While we believe patients at all stages of the recovery process benefit from early and aggressive intervention and therapy, we develop a tailored plan of care for each patient based on his or her abilities and needs.
When and how is a patient’s plan of care reviewed?
Following an initial meeting with the entire treatment team, each patient’s progress is reviewed by the team typically on a weekly basis or more frequently as needed. By sharing information across medical disciplines, members of the treatment team - including physicians, nurses, therapists, nutritionists and case managers - are able to set and meet common goals for healing and recovery.
What insurance plans are accepted at your hospitals?
Our hospitals are Medicare certified and accept most insurance plans. For a full list of the plans accepted by each of our facilities, please visit Our Hospitals and click on the Insurance Plans tab on the facility page of your choice.