A Checklist for Finding the Best Transitional Care Location for Your Loved One

Finding the perfect transitional care for your loved one is a difficult and time-consuming task because you want to make sure that you choose the right facility where your loved one will get all the care and attention needed to thrive. At Walker Methodist, we know how much time and effort you might put into researching and choosing a transitional care facility, so we’ve created a simple checklist that you can use when comparing TCU locations for an older adult in your life.

1. Qualified and Caring StaffA Checklist for Finding the Best TCU for Your Loved One

Among the most important factors when choosing a transitional care facility is the staff, because they are the ones who will ultimately be responsible for the care of your loved one. The staff should be friendly and qualified, caring and capable, patient and knowledgeable, respectful, and competent. There should also be staff available around the clock, and the staff should include a variety of people with a range of skills, including:

  • Nurses
  • Cooks
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Social service professionals
  • Therapists

2. Happy Residents

Transitional care may not be permanent, but that doesn’t mean your loved one shouldn’t have a great experience. When you go on your facility tours, pay special attention to the residents, and talk to them if you can to find out if they're happy, if they have any complaints, if they'd recommend the TCU, and if they're welcoming to new residents.

3. Good Location That’s Close By

Family is a very important part of the care process, and the more time you can spend with your loved one, the easier transitional care will be. Look for a TCU that’s close to you or another family member who can drop by regularly, and who can be close if there's any immediate need for family to come by.

4. Good Reputation and References

Word of mouth has always been a powerful form of advertising, and this is even truer when people use the internet to rate and review everything from restaurants to hospitals to movies. Before making any final decisions about a TCU, ask the family members of other residents for recommendations, check out online reviews, and get a good sense of the transitional care unit's reputation.

5. High Facility Standards

Along with having the highest standards of care for residents, it’s also vital that the TCU you choose have high standards across the board, especially in terms of:

  • Dignity of residents
  • Safety and security
  • Cleanliness
  • Respect for residents and their families

You can get a good idea of the standards of the TCU during the facility visit, and also in the conversations you have with staff, residents, and administrators.

6. Necessary Care Available

Transitional care serves different purposes for different residents, so your TCU must be capable of providing a broad range of services and meeting a wide variety of needs. Special care services to look for include rehabilitation, therapy, memory, and cardiac care, as well as assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management, exercise, and transportation.

7. Insurance Is Accepted

Many TCUs work with a variety of insurance companies and provider networks. To ensure that money doesn’t get in the way of your loved one getting the best care possible, look for facilities that are able to accept insurance.  

Choosing a transitional facility is a big responsibility, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. With this simple checklist, you can narrow down your search to a few facilities, and facility tours can help you zero in on the ideal TCU for your loved one. Contact Walker Methodist for more information about transitional care.

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Emily Anderson

Written by Emily Anderson

Emily has been with the Walker Methodist family for over 13 years and held various positions with us. She attended St. Cloud State University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree. Her “ah-ha” moment for choosing senior living came when she worked with adults in healthcare at her first job. This job made her feel like healthcare was her niche. As the Director of Social Services, Emily supports the social services department and assists staff with difficult situation and provides possible solutions. She also meets with residents and attends meetings. She’s known to remain calm and collected in tense situations, and is best as solving complicated problems that arise during discharge. Personally, Emily loves to spend time with family and friends. She also loves anything British (except for their weather), and hopes to retire there someday. She also enjoys anything that has to do with nature and wildlife, and is known to be a bit of a “bird nerd” due to her ability to identify most birds of Minnesota. She enjoys hiking with her family and listening to music. She met her husband Brad here at the Health Center in 2004, and they were married in 2007. They have a four-year-old son named Bryce and a two-year-old daughter named Ellie. In her spare time, Emily enjoys volunteering for Feed my Starving Children and at her church. She also loves to take pictures and draw when she has the time.

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