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Transitional Care Unit

The Transitional Care Unit (or Swing Bed Unit) is a short-term stay program designed to serve patients who are transitioning from a phase of illness or recovery and no longer require acute care services. These patients continue to need services that cannot be easily provided in their homes. The Transitional Care Unit’s average length of stay is generally one to two weeks.
We provide after-care for these and other conditions:

  • Joint Replacements & Other Orthopedic Procedures
  • Weakness Following Significant Illness
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Cardiac Surgeries

The goal of our Inpatient Transitional Unit is to successfully transition patients from the hospital back to their home or community living. We accomplish this by utilizing nursing and rehabilitative therapies to support the patient medically and strengthen them physically. If you are planning to have surgery and anticipate the need for rehabilitation, our Inpatient Transitional Unit may be right for you.

Patient using walker

Who might benefit?

The Transitional Care Unit is available to patients who have been hospitalized at HVCH or other medical facilities. The patient must have skilled nursing needs six days per week or physical therapy skilled needs five days per week.

Medicare will pay for your stay at the HVCH Transitional Care Unit if specific qualifying medical criteria are met. Admission criteria are not necessarily based on diagnosis, but rather on the skilled needs of the individual. Factors evaluated may include:

  • Medical History
  • Co-Morbidities
  • Prior Level of Function
  • Rehabilitative Potential

Treatment Provided

Our Transitional Care Unit can provide prompt care due to its location within the hospital.

  • Physician Visits
  • 24-Hour Personalized Nursing Care
  • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapies
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Social Services
  • Wound Care
  • Extended-Duration IV Therapies
  • Labs, X-Rays, CT Scans, Ultrasounds, MRIs and other diagnostics available on-site
  • Quiet Setting to Help You Heal
  • Activities Provided As Tolerated/Needed
  • Discharge Planning & Care Coordination

Admission Process

After contacting the HVCH Transitional Care Coordinator, our case manager/social worker will pre-certify the patient and review with a physician for acceptance. The referring facility is then notified of acceptance and a plan is coordinated with the acute care facility for admission to HVCH. We welcome inquiries and are happy to provide tours.

If you or a loved-one may be interested in learning more about our services, please contact our Transitional Care Unit Coordinator at (740) 380-8315.