There are several levels of transitional care facilities available in the
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
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.
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Transitional Care Program
Five-Star Nursing Facility
Torrance Memorial Transitional Care Unit is ranked five-stars by Medicare