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Aftercare is care you receive after medical treatment. Bankrate explains.

What is aftercare?

Aftercare is the care given to a patient after her release from the hospital or another health care facility. Aftercare is meant to build off the treatment and services that the patient received in the hope of extending care beyond the hospital. Because it keeps patients healthy, aftercare is usually covered by health insurance.

Deeper definition

Physical rehabilitation services are often a part of aftercare. Whether recovering from a serious medical issue, such as injury or disease, or a procedure like surgery, aftercare can improve stamina and ensure that the body recovers as much as possible. Rehabilitation services for drug and alcohol addiction make up one of the most common forms of aftercare, and they include weekly meetings with a counselor or a support group.

Some forms of aftercare require in-home nursing. Hospitals may send their own nurses or an agency will be chosen to handle the situation. Other people may seek mental-health services that could include regular visits to a psychiatrist or therapist. Most insurance plans will reimburse payments for aftercare.

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Aftercare example

Eric used to be addicted to cocaine. When he finally realized he had a problem, he went to rehab and carefully began to kick the habit. After a few months, the rehabilitation institution determined him free from the disease of addiction and sent him on his way. He joined a support group to continue his care beyond the facility and kept up with regular meetings. His aftercare helped him to stay clean.

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