Is a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Right for your Loved One?


When you have loved ones in your life who have serious medical conditions, choosing the appropriate level of care for them can seem overwhelming. After they are discharged from intensive care units, what are the next steps?

Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACH) specialize in treating patients who are in need of extended hospitalization for a length greater than 25 days. LTACHs treat patients holistically through well-planned, aggressive interdisciplinary programs of medical and therapeutic care.

So is this arrangement the right fit for your loved one? Here are some qualifying medical conditions to help you determine if you should pursue learning more about LTACHs:

  • Your loved one is still medically unstable after a hospital or intensive care unit visit.
  • The patient is on a ventilator or needs to be weaned from a ventilator.
  • Intensive respiratory care is required.
  • Complex or advanced wound care is needed.
  • The patient suffers from burns.
  • Chronic renal failure has led to ongoing dialysis.
  • A doctor or surgeon has stated that Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) is needed.
  • The patient should be a part of a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) program.
  • The loved one requires continuous monitoring.
  • His or her primary focus to is to become medically stable again.
  • He or she has undergone cardiothoracic surgery.

If your loved one falls under any one of these categories, you should learn more about LTACHs. The Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey, an affiliate of AcuteCare Health System, is an LTACH based out of Lakewood, NJ. Here are some more specific details about our available programs:

Respiratory Program: Under the Respiratory Program, many patients with respiratory failure or mechanical ventilation will be able to be successfully weaned from ventilator dependence and achieve their highest functioning level. The program also provides treatment to patients who require significant respiratory care who are not mechanically ventilated. The pre-admission process assesses patients and formulates recommendations for ventilator weaning through Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey’s Respiratory Program. Learn More.

Medically Complex Program: For patients with several medical problems compounding their overall condition, this integrated treatment regimen includes daily visits by a member of our medical team and consulting specialists when necessary. They ensure that patients are receiving all the needed services available on the unit. Learn More.

Post-Cardiothoracic Surgery: After undergoing cardiothoracic surgery, some patients may need an extended hospital stay — a critical phase in their recovery that gives them more time to be weaned from ventilation, receive advanced wound care or have coexisting medical problems aggressively addressed.

To ensure a seamless continuum of care for this special group of patients, Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey offers a Post-Cardiothoracic Surgery Program to meet their post-operative needs. Learn More.

Complex Wound Care Program: Patients with complex wounds or those who are recovering from extensive surgery receive care through the Complex Wound Care Program. The program helps patients with wounds from a host of causes, including post-operative complications such as dehisced (ruptured) sutures, fistulas, infections and pressure ulcers. Learn More.

If you believe your loved one would benefit from further treatment or one of our programs connect with us by calling 732.942.3592 or contact us via our online form.

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