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1. A level of medical care in a hospital that is intermediate between intensive and basic care.
2. A level of care for chronically ill, disabled, or elderly individuals, as in an intermediate care facility.
1 a level of medical care for certain chronically ill or disabled individuals in which room and board are provided but skilled nursing care is not. Title XI of U.S. Medicaid legislation mandates standards and federal subsidies for intermediate care of the recipients of public assistance.
2 a unit for patients who do not require intensive care but who are not yet ready to be kept in a regular medical-surgical unit.
intermediate careManaged care
Formal care which is less intense than skilled-nursing care or required intermittently. It requires physicians’ orders and nurse supervision.
(1) As defined in the UK, community-based health and social services which promote independence, prevent hospital admission and/or enable early discharge, provided by a team including nurses, therapists and care assistants under a consultant’s supervision.
(2) Step-down care, see there.
(3) Step-up care, see there.