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    • Your Loved One is Being Transferred to a Transitional Care Hospital: What Does That Mean?
      March 7, 2013

      Your loved one’s transfer to a transitional care hospital can be an important step toward recovery from a serious illness or accident.

      The most common hospital setting in America is one that provides short-term acute care for patients with pressing health issues – emergencies or surgeries brought on by illness or an accident. The immediate goal is to stabilize the patient and begin the recovery process. But for many of these patients, a quick recovery is unrealistic. They need continued care. That’s where a transitional care hospital comes in.

      Transitional care hospitals offer aggressive, medically complex care, intensive care and short-term rehabilitation.

      Certified as long-term acute care hospitals and licensed as acute care hospitals, Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals are unique in their ability to care for critically ill patients who require specialized and goal-directed care over an extended recovery time. We have an additional Medicare certification that supports a length of stay measured in weeks as compared to the typical five-day stay for patients in traditional hospitals.

      Our patients require an average length of stay of 25-30 days, and have many co-existing medical conditions, some acute and some chronic. Examples of some of the services our patients require are dialysis, ventilator management and weaning, special monitoring, wound care, nutritional therapy, pain management and IV therapy, and some of the conditions we see are pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, multiple organ system failure, ventilator dependence, cardiac disease, pressure wounds, neuromuscular diseases, gastrointestinal diseases and post-operative complications such as infection, bleeding or stroke.

      In a transitional care hospital, care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that may be made up of physicians, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists or others. The team’s goal is to identify the patient’s medical conditions, formulate a treatment plan, set reasonable goals and coordinate care to meet those goals, ultimately resulting in improvement over the long term.

      In some cases, the patient’s regular physician will continue to see the patient if he or she is moved to a transitional care hospital; in other cases, the patient’s care will be transferred to a physician who specializes in caring for patients who require long-term acute care. Nursing staff levels are comparable to those at a short-term acute care hospital, as are staffing levels for therapists and other clinicians.

      As a family member, your involvement in the patient’s recovery and healing process is essential. You provide a valuable service to the patient and to the interdisciplinary team by offering support as well as background information. We work with you toward your loved one’s recovery through family conferences, case management and social services.

      Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals are fully accredited and the care is supervised by physicians, with 24-hour nursing and 24-hour respiratory therapy available. A laboratory, radiology services and a pharmacy are located on-site.

      Learn more about our transitional care hospital.

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