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 Ferrell 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. Ferrell patients may contact the Case Management Department at 618-297-9668
Types of Care
Ferrell Hospital is an example of an acute care facility. Patients in this type of setting are actively ill or injured. The length of hospitalization depends on the severity of a patient's illness or injury. Patients are discharged when medical care can be managed in a less intense setting.
Ferrell Physical Medicine is an outpatient rehabilitation provider offering physical, occupational and speech therapies to help patients after an illness or injury.
Skilled Nursing Care
This is a less acute level of 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. Ferrell 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.
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.
Assisted Living Centers
These facilities typically offer living spaces and meal services for a standard fee. Assisted living services are provided by the facility. Should there be a need for extra services, an outside home health agency can provide those. Examples of these types of services are below.
Home Health Care
Home health care providers offer a variety of skilled nursing, therapy and assisted living services at home. The Home Health Care team includes nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and social workers. They provide care in the comfort of home with the goal of returning patients to their previous level of health.
Senior Day Care Centers
These programs offer structured activities for seniors during the day. One meal is typically included.
Home Medical Equipment
These providers offer durable medical equipment and IV services to patients at home. They can supply hospital beds, bedroom accessories, bathroom aids, mobility equipment, respiratory and oxygen supplies, and more.