There are several levels of transitional care facilities available in the South Bay:
Transitional Care Units
Transitional Care Units are hospital-based skilled nursing units for individuals needing short-term rehabilitation to successfully perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) and/or continuation of complex treatments in order to return home. Patients require around-the-clock licensed nursing care as well as physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative services. Licensed nurses and aides are available 24-hours-a-day, while therapists and doctors are available daily.
Treatment plans are developed by a multidisciplinary team and physicians oversee care however, may only visit as is required by medical conditions. Patients may move to another care setting depending on how long therapy and convalescence is anticipated to be needed.
Skilled Nursing Facility
Skilled Nursing Facility is a place of temporary or permanent residence for individuals who require around-the clock nursing care and are unable to perform basic Activities of Daily Living (ADL's). Licensed nurses and nurse aides are available 24-hours-a-day, while therapists are available daily. Short term residents in a skilled nursing facility receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies. Longer term nursing facilities assist those with special needs who may become chronic requiring residential care. Some may provide additional programs for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
Home Health Care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home to treat an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive and more convenient than care in a facility. Skilled home health services include wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, intravenous or nutritional therapy, injections, and monitoring of a serious illness or unstable health status. Services may be provided by skilled nursing, physical, speech or occupational therapy, social workers and home health aides. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Palliative Care is an area of health care that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Palliative medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals in formulating a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient's life. This multidisciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.
Hospice Care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final months or days of life. Patients' symptoms and pain are controlled, goals of care are discussed and spiritual and emotional needs are supported. Hospice believes that the end of life is not a medical experience, it is a human experience that benefits from the expert medical and holistic support that hospice offers to the patient and their family.