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Acute vs Sub Acute - What's the Difference?

Acute Rehabilitation
Burke is an acute rehabilitation hospital. Patients are admitted who have a traumatic injury, debilitating disease or following certain types of surgery. Acute Rehabilitation is appropriate for patients who will benefit from an intensive, multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. Patients receive physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed and are medically managed by specially trained physicians. There is an attending physician onsite 24 hours a day to manage the medical aspects of each patient’s care.

For patients with neurological diagnoses, a neuropsychologist is on staff to determine if they are in need of additional psychological or psychiatric treatment. In an acute rehabilitation hospital, the patient is expected to make significant functional gains and medical improvement within a reasonable time frame. Patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy per day, up to six days a week.  Therapy is provided on both a one to one and group basis, depending on the needs of the individual patient. Additional services such as respiratory therapy and therapeutic recreation programs are also available for patients during their rehabilitation.

Sub Acute Rehabilitation
Sub acute level care is less intensive than acute rehabilitation. Although a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy may be provided in the sub acute setting, the number of hours each patient receives is lower. Generally, patients in a sub acute facility only receive between one and two hours of therapy per day. The average length of stay at a sub acute facility is also generally longer than at an acute hospital. For patients who are not appropriate candidates for acute rehabilitation, Burke offers a network of affiliated sub acute facilities that offer Burke trained physical, occupational and speech therapists. For a list of these facilities, please click here.