Amenities to Look for When Moving a Loved One to TCU/Rehab

Moving a loved one to a transitional care unit (TCU) or rehabilitation program is never easy, but it’s often a necessary part of the recovery process after an accident or illness. You can give yourself and your family peace of mind by finding a TCU that will feel like home, provide your loved one with independence and dignity, and will enrich your loved one’s mind, body, and spirit while providing a safe and equipped environment in which to heal. If your loved one needs transitional care, here are some tips about transitional care amenities to look for.

Find a Place that Feels Like HomeAmenities to Look for When Moving a Loved One to TCU/Rehab

In order for healing to happen and forward progress to be made, a TCU or rehab must feel like home to your loved one and must be just as comfortable and welcoming to guests. For an older adult, the support of friends and family is integral, so it’s important to make sure visitors will feel at ease as well as the person who will be living there. Just because the stay will be temporary doesn’t mean it shouldn’t feel like home, and that includes:

Find a Place That Provides Everything Your Loved One Needs

Your loved one is special, and his or her circumstances are unique. The TCU or rehab program you choose must be able to accommodate your loved one’s needs. This includes providing assistance with the activities of daily living, including eating, bathing, and dressing, easy access to medical and health care services, medication management, special therapies, transportation, and wellness and exercise programs.

Look for Happy Residents

A great indicator of a good TCU or rehab program is that the residents are happy. This is an indication your loved one will get everything he or she needs, including good food, a clean environment, medical care, personal attention, and the comprehensive health care needed to heal. You can also speak with the families and visitors of residents to see what their personal experiences have been and whether they’d recommend the program.

Look for Engaged and Competent Staff

In order to heal quickly, your loved one needs a good support team, the right environment, and whatever medical and therapy services are relevant to his or her situation. This includes having medical and staff supervision around the clock on weekdays and weekends, staff that is trained, educated, and respectful, a caring team that’s concerned about the wellbeing of the residents, and a supportive staff that has the time to give each resident personal care and attention.

Knowing what kinds of transitional care amenities to look for at a TCU or rehab program can help you make the right decisions for your loved one. At Walker Methodist, we believe respect, dignity, and independence are just as important to healing as medical care and therapy.

Our goal is to get your loved one back home as quickly as possible, which is why we focus on community-style programs and a full range of care options. If you're considering moving a loved one into transitional care, contact Walker Methodist to request more information about our TCU and rehab programs.

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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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