he Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is a special unit designed for transitioning patients from an acute hospital stay to a safe return home. It offers multi-disciplinary services and provides continued care, in a nurturing environment, to patients who no longer require a hospital stay but need additional time for recovery and medical management once discharged.
The seven-bed unit helps patients reach a comfortable level of independence through individualized care and focuses on reducing their length of stay. TCU team members work with patients and their families to ensure that once discharged from the acute hospital setting, the patient’s needs are still addressed.
The TCU offers a variety of services, including:
- Complex medical management
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training
- Personal care provided by Certified Nursing Assistants
- Occupational therapy
- Social work/ case management
- Consultation services
- Skilled nursing services
- Physical therapy
- Speech and language pathology
- Recreational therapy
- Skin and wound care
- Food and nutrition services
- Equipment and supplies
There is a pre-admission selection criteria for patients considered for the Transitional Care Unit. Patients must require medical, skilled nursing, and/or rehabilitation services on a daily basis. Critical condition patients are not eligible.
As part of a demonstration project developed by the Department of Health, the MediSys Health Network—comprising of Jamaica, Brookdale, and Flushing Hospitals— is one of only five designated Transitional Care Units in New York State, and the only one in the metropolitan area.
The TCU is staffed by a team of board-certified physicians and dedicated allied health professionals who use a multidisciplinary team approach to meet the needs of their patients.
To learn more about the services provided by the TCU, contact 718-206-7152.