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Follow-Up Care

Depending on the trauma patient’s condition, special arrangements may be needed for support and ongoing care when the patient is ready to leave the hospital. If so, a discharge planner (a nurse or social worker) will meet with the patient and family to help with these plans. This can include ordering special equipment or nursing care, arranging continued care in another facility, or simply helping work out a family schedule of care for the patient. This planning often requires the discharge planner to communicate with the insurance company to determine benefits and preferred providers for care and equipment. If the patient does not have health insurance, the social worker or financial counselor can help the patient determine where to apply for assistance.

Levels of Care in the Community

As they continue their recovery, trauma patients may need additional care, including these options:

  • Long-Term Acute Care hospital - Patients who are able to tolerate three hours or more of therapies each day may qualify for placement in a long-term acute care hospital.
  • Skilled nursing facility (SNF) - Patients requiring continued daily physical, occupational and/or speech therapies may benefit from a short stay at a skilled nursing facility. SNF care is available at many local nursing homes and must be arranged by your case manager or social worker.
  • Home with home care - The discharge planner will make arrangements for patients requiring home nursing or therapy prior to discharge. The patient will receive the name and contact information for the agency they have chosen to provide the service with his/her discharge paperwork.
  • Home with outpatient care - Patients requiring outpatient care (physical or occupational therapy, for example) will be given a prescription upon discharge from the hospital and will need to make an appointment with a clinic near their home. Miami Valley’s Trauma Outpatient Clinic can help to coordinate care.
  • Home with no home care - Many patients will not require specialized home care from a nurse or therapist and will be discharged to the care of family with recommendations for physician follow-up only. Patients must make their own appointments with the physician’s office.

Content Updated: February 9, 2015

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Emergency & Trauma Services.
Emergency and Trauma at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Emergency Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Emergency Center in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Emergency Center in Miamisburg
300 Austin West Blvd. Miamisburg, OH  45342
Emergency Department at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
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