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Acute vs. Subacute:
What’s the Difference?

Acute Rehabilitation

Acute rehabilitation is for individuals who need an intensive, multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. Patients who have had traumatic injuries, stroke, or suffer a debilitating disease can benefit from acute rehabilitation, as can patients who have had certain types of surgery, such as amputation. In an acute rehabilitation program, patients receive physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed. At Glancy Rehabilitation Center, patients also receive therapeutic recreation services. A physician, who is trained in rehabilitation, manages each patient’s care. Patients are seen by their attending physician every day.

In an acute rehabilitation setting, a patient is expected to make significant functional gains and medical improvement within a reasonable time frame. Patients receive at least three hours of therapy per day, for up to five days a week. One-to-one therapy and group therapy sessions are both provided, depending on the needs of the individual. Additional services such as respiratory therapy are available for patients as well.

Subacute Rehabilitation

Subacute rehabilitation is less intensive than acute rehabilitation. Patients in a subacute facility generally only receive one or two hours of therapy per day, and it is usually a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy. Patients are seen by their attending physician on a monthly basis.

The average length of stay at a subacute facility is also generally longer than at an acute rehabilitation center. For patients who are not appropriate candidates for acute rehabilitation at Glancy Rehabilitation Center, Gwinnett Medical Center offers Gwinnett Extended Care Center (GECC), which is located in Lawrenceville. GECC is a skilled nursing and long-term care facility that can provide subacute rehabilitation services.