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Post-Hospital Care

What Happens After You Leave the Hospital?
Being discharged from the hospital doesn’t mean you are completely well. Many patients need additional services following their hospital stay.
The Lawrence County Memorial Case Management staff is here to help you make informed decisions about post-hospital care. Our nurses specialize in connecting patients with available resources and will walk you through your options. Lawrence County Memorial patients may contact the Case Management Department at 618-943-1000 for assistance.
Types of Care
Acute Care
Patients who need immediate medical intervention only available in a hospital require "acute care." This high level of treatment is generally short term and addresses a specific instance of illness or injury.

Skilled Nursing Care
This is a step below acute care. It is available for patients requiring some skilled medical services (physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, IV therapy, wound care, etc.) that cannot be given at home. This type of care can be provided in a nursing home. Lawrence County Memorial Hospital also provides skilled nursing care to qualifying patients through our short term rehab, or ‘Swing Bed’ program. 

Intermediate Nursing Home Care
This is for patients who require long-term care but don't require the level of care provided by a skilled care facility or program.

Outpatient Rehabilitation
Physical, occupational and/or speech therapies provided after discharge from the hospital to help patients recover from an illness or injury.

Hospice Care
Hospice providers offer care to patients who are facing a life-limiting illness and seeking no further curative treatment. Hospice provides services in the patient's home, in a caregiver's home, in a long-term care facility, or in our hospital. The goal is to control pain and unpleasant symptoms, while providing families with the educational tools and support necessary for quality end-of-life care.
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