“The Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is generally designed to provide care on an interim basis to people who’ve had but no longer need acute care,” says Carol Maduck, nurse manager of the unit. “They’re unable to be home on their own and are waiting for a permanent home that meets their needs.
TCU accommodates up to 30 residents. Time spent there depends on vacancies in the city and residents themselves. Some can be in the hospital for just one day; some for more than a year while waiting for placements.
You can help Transitional Care’s residents feel at home. Your gifts will support a major and vital upgrade. The project includes a capital renovation, the addition of new furnishings and décor, and addressing the unit’s equipment need.
Creating a dining space: this involves removing a wall between current rooms to create a larger space. It would see accessible tables that lower or rise for wheelchair patients and versatile chairs that can be stored or put to use in quick time.
The goal is to create an engaging, comfortable space where residents can dine and socialize. Staff see every day how mealtime can be very isolated for residents. The dedicated dining space would let residents eat together and enjoy the company of others if they want.
The space also would serve as a TV room, an activity and recreation room, and a space for entertainment. It will also be a relaxing environment for quiet time with family and friends.
Creating a friendly décor; The Transitional Care Unit is locked and access is by coded entry for the safety of wandering residents. Locked doors unfortunately can create unfriendly barriers and result in residents feeling trapped.
Murals on entryways would alleviate this while giving the unit a fresh and welcoming look. This would be complemented by framed artwork, including pieces created by the residents themselves.
TCU’s visiting physician, Dr. Berwyn Larson agrees. “In my experience in long term care, murals are practical to prevent exit seeking while improving aesthetics and facilitating a homier environment.”
Updated equipment: In addition to creating a better sense of community and a friendly environment, the Transitional Care Unit also needs a major equipment overhaul. Though the unit is newer, many of beds have been in use at the hospital since the 1980s. They don’t provide options of newer beds, such as raising and lowering to meet individual resident needs.
With some less mobile residents confined to bed for long periods, the unit requires specialized beds and mattresses that prevent sores or skin breakdown. Also needed are bariatric beds, ceiling lifts, high-back wheelchairs, medication crushers and a shower chair.