Transitional Care Unit
The Northern Westchester Hospital Transitional Care Unit (TCU) was designed to provide patients with short-term skilled nursing and rehabilitative care after being discharged from NWH. Although the Transitional Care Unit is located within Northern Westchester Hospital, it is a separate short-term care facility (5 to 14 days) that provides skilled nursing and comprehensive rehabilitative services to help patients transition from the hospital back to their home or residence.
As a short-term stay facility, the expected length of stay for patients is five to twenty days and will depend on progress toward recovery. Admission to the Transitional Care Unit depends upon caregivers’ assessments, and specific health insurance plans. We are committed to making the patient’s stay as comfortable as possible and helping them to obtain an optimal level of physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Your Plan of Care
At the start of a patient’s stay in the TCU, a dedicated team of professionals will work closely with the patient to develop a plan of care that will help them reach defined health goals.
Members of our interdisciplinary team provide services that include:
Clinical care is administered under the guidance of our physician medical director, who ensures that all care provided adheres to the rigorous standards established by Northern Westchester Hospital.
Skilled Nursing Services
The NWH nursing team provides high-quality, patient-centered care 24 hours a day. Our highly-skilled nurses are trained to help patients achieve the best possible results.
A team of highly skilled rehabilitation specialists provide the comprehensive rehabilitation services necessary to help patients successfully transition back to their home or another residence. Therapy occurs in individual treatment sessions. If appropriate, therapists may incorporate family care partners into training sessions, so that they are prepared to assist after the patients are discharged.
Our rehabilitation team is comprised of physical therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, and occupational therapists all working together to implement patient-specific care plans.
An Activities Director oversees and coordinates all therapeutic activities to ensure that patients receive therapeutic recreation services that are tailored to their individual needs and preferences.
Dietary Services — Food is Care
Registered dietitians ensure that patients receive nutritional services that meet their specific medical needs—both here and when they return home. Our “Food is Care” menu provides patients with a tasty selection of healthy food options prepared according to personal preference.
A social worker is available to assist in transitioning from the hospital to the Transitional Care Unit, as well as navigating insurance questions; explaining post-discharge treatment plans, and coordinating care with external agencies to help ensure a safe transition home.
Licensed pharmacists monitor medications and are available to educate patients and family members on safe and effective medication use after returning home.
Family members and care partners are considered an integral part of the rehabilitation process and we strongly encourage their involvement. For those who are interested, NWH offers a unique program to help them prepare for this important role.
We offer unrestricted visiting hours, however we do ask that all guests respect the “Rights of our Patients”, which is posted on the unit. We want to ensure that every patient and family member receives the respect they deserve when staying with us.
Insurance coverage for care provided in the Transitional Care Unit varies across insurance plans and providers. Our case management staff, social workers and financial counselors are available to assist patients in understanding their specific coverage and whether this short-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation program is available for them.
The entire staff of the Transitional Care Unit is dedicated to providing the highest quality, patient-centered care available to help patients return to an optimal level of physical health
For more information about our Transitional Care Unit call 914.666.1200 or visit our contact page.