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Transitioning to Post-Acute Care

Patient with nurseAt LifeBridge Health, we are committed to helping our patients and residents be as independent as possible. We encourage you to take an active role in your care with us. Your family will also be asked to provide supervision and assistance.

As your care needs decrease, you will be able to participate more independently in your care. Unless you will be receiving long-term nursing care, it is our goal that you get well enough to return home. That is why discharge planning starts on admission and is an important part of your stay with us.

The transition to post-acute care can be a stressful one. Below, we answer some questions you might have about staying in a post-acute care facility.

What is a post-acute facility?
Facilities like Levindale, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility, provide complex medical and nursing care, acute and subacute rehabilitation, mental health and adult day care services. The care you receive here is intended to help you transition to the next level of care, back to the community or to your own home.

When will the clinical team meet with me about my plan of care?
Our interdisciplinary team meets weekly to review your plan of care, discuss progress and explore possible discharge plans. You or your designated spokesperson and family members may be invited to attend these care plan meetings. A member of the team will provide additional care plan updates as necessary to you or your spokesperson.

Patient with doctorHow will I know if I am ready for discharge?
After your first assessment, the interdisciplinary team will discuss discharge options in conjunction with you and your spokesperson. As you meet your treatment goals, the team will establish a discharge date. A social worker will help you with your discharge plans.

What should I bring for my stay?
We recommend that you bring seven casual outfits and sets of underwear. Please label all clothing with your name. If you desire traditional hospital gowns to wear, we can provide them. We also recommend that you wear closed-toe shoes with shoelaces and rubber soles. (It is best to leave slip-on and open-toe shoes at home.) Valuables such as rings, watches and money should also be left at home.

What are Levindale’s visiting hours?
In the Specialty Hospital at Levindale, visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. so that patients can get their rest. Visitors to the nursing home are welcome 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Where should my visitors park at Levindale?
There are two gated parking lots: one in the front of the main entrance and the other at the Households side entrance near the Adult Day Services. Parking tickets can be validated at the Town Center’s reception desk when your visitors depart.

What types of dining services are available?
All food served by Levindale is kosher. We encourage you to enjoy your meals in the dining rooms; however, if you are unable to go to a dining room, bedside tray service is available. Family and friends can use the Meyerhoff Café located on the ground floor, or they may purchase meal tickets so they can eat with you in a dining room.

When will I be seen by a medical provider?
Within the first 24 hours of being admitted, you will be seen by a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. An attending physician will manage your care and may consult with specialist physicians. Depending on the level of care you need, a provider will regularly visit you at least once and as many as three times a week. A medical provider who can respond to emergencies is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Can I have a private room?
The Specialty Hospital does not have private rooms. If you are receiving skilled medical or rehabilitation services from our nursing home division, a limited number of private rooms are available. However, because we must maintain the safety of all our patients, these rooms are usually reserved for those with infections who require controlled environments.

Patient with doctorWhat is the average length of stay?
In the Specialty Hospital at Levindale, the typical length of stay ranges from 18 to 35 days. In the skilled rehab unit, the average stay is 25 days. Those who are admitted to the long-term nursing home often make Levindale their home for the remainder of their life.

Will I hear from anyone after my discharge?
Your experience is extremely important to us. You may receive a follow-up telephone call from a member of our team to make sure your transition went smoothly. Also, within a few weeks of being discharged you will receive a request to complete a written evaluation of your experience. We encourage you to let us know your opinions about the care and services you received. If you have questions at any time during your stay with us, please do not hesitate to let us know.

How will my friends and family be able to contact me?
Except in the behavioral health units, phones are available in each room. Patients and residents can receive U.S. mail sent to: Patient’s name, c/o Levindale, 2434 West Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.