Sutter Rehabilitation Institute: Skilled Nursing VS Acute Rehab
What’s the difference?
Patients who need medical rehabilitation often must choose between receiving care at a rehabilitation hospital and nursing home. But not all rehabilitation is the same. A recent study conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, assessed patient outcomes of rehabilitative care provided at both inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. Over a two-year study period, this study showed that patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities have better outcomes, go home earlier and live longer than those treated in skilled nursing facilities.
Although these two settings serve similar patients, rehabilitation hospitals provide a far higher level of care that leads to better outcomes.
Key Study Findings
- This study shows that patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units have better outcomes, go home earlier and live longer than patients treated in nursing homes.
- Patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units achieve better clinical outcomes in a shorter time and use less facility-based care than those treated in nursing homes.
- Patients treated in skilled nursing facilities have more emergency room visits, are readmitted to hospitals more often, and have an increased risk of death than clinically similar patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units.