Long Term Acute Care

Long Term Acute Care

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTCHs) like Barlow Respiratory Hospital serve patients with complex medical needs who require longer hospital stays and need highly specialized and rigorous clinical care.

At Barlow Respiratory Hospital, we are accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the State of California.

The benefits of Long Term Acute Care Hospitalization at Barlow Respiratory Hospital include access to our expert interdisciplinary medical team, state of the art technology and dedication to patient safety and infection prevention. We work together as a team and consult with leading specialists to provide individualized treatment to help patients recover as quickly as possible so they can move to a lower level of care or return home to their loved ones.

A long term acute care hospital is not the same, but is sometimes confused with a long-term care facility like a Skilled Nursing Facility, a lower level of care and typically a next step in the continuum of care for patients moving towards recovery.

What are long term care hospitals?

Most people who need inpatient hospital services are admitted to an ‘acute‑care’ hospital for a relatively short stay. But some people may need a longer hospital stay. Long-term Acute Care Hospitals (LTCHs) focus on patients who, on average, stay more than 25 days. Many of the patients in LTCHs are transferred there from an intensive or critical care unit. LTCHs specialize in treating patients who may have more than one serious condition, but who may improve with time and care.
Source: Medicare 2017 www.medicare.gov