Subacute care refers to a level of medical care that is less intensive than acute care but more specialized than typical skilled nursing care. It’s provided to patients who are recovering from an acute illness or injury but who are not yet ready to return home. While subacute care patients may not need intense diagnostic or invasive procedures, they require close physician monitoring, nursing care, and rehabilitation.
Subacute care units may employ both nurses and more specialized healthcare professionals to allow patients to receive the level of care they require. Care may include a combination of medical treatments, therapy, and rehabilitation services, as well as assistance with daily activities.