Cameron Offers Transitional Care Close to Home
When you, or a loved one, has surgery, a serious illness or injury, immediate care is provided by a hospital. But what happens when you are well enough to be discharged from the hospital, but not yet able to return home or care for yourself? That’s where transitional care comes in.
Cameron Hospital provides exceptional transitional care for patients who need extended care, regardless of where they were originally treated. While often associated exclusively with elderly patients, transitional care is actually designed for patients of any age who need extra care before returning home.
Transitional Care Must Haves
Our program, supported by the processes, education and data of Allevant Solutions and developed by Mayo Clinic and Select Medical, is yet another way Cameron positively impacts our community. By providing high-quality transitional care, we allow people throughout our area to receive the extended care they need, close to home.
There are a variety of types of facilities offering transitional care, but there are a few important things to look for when choosing a transitional care facility. Cameron delivers on all these areas and more.
Broad range of services and resources
These include physicians, rehabilitation therapy, respiratory care and therapy, lab, radiology and pharmacy teams, plus specialized therapy services including physical, occupational and speech. All of these teams should collaborate on care.
Ability to provide a variety of care
Transitional care is much more than a place to allow someone to heal. Competent facilities must be able to provide a variety of care, including:
- Post-surgery care for cardiac, neuro, orthopaedic, abdominal and more
- Respiratory care including assessments and treatment overseen by respiratory therapists
- Wound and injury care
- Intravenous (IV) antibiotics and other medicines
- RN oversight and daily assessment of complex care plans
- Self-management education for complex conditions
Hospital-level nursing staff
Because nurses provide much of the one-on-one care, high-quality nursing staff is vital to transitional care. What’s more, hospitals have higher nurse staffing than most skilled nursing facilities, which means hospitals can provide as much as two to three times the number of hours of RN availability per day for each patient.
Sophisticated clinical services
Transitional care patients often require a high level of care. You need to find a facility that has the advanced clinical services necessary.
With Cameron Transitional Care, patients get the added security of being at a hospital if their condition changes.
Transitional care facilities don’t look like home, but to be most effective, they should promote a home-like environment by providing individualized care, including friends and family, and welcome visitors when appropriate.
Effective transitional care facilities should feature regular interaction with physicians and the patient, family and care team to help reach goals and ensure needs are being met.
Cameron Transitional Care Success Story
George Wills was admitted to Cameron Hospital for sepsis and bilateral pneumonia. In addition to his physical symptoms, he was confused and disoriented. His son said this was unusual as his father was normally alert, independent and able to drive and perform other daily life skills. His treatment included a full course of IV antibiotics which necessitated hospitalization. Unfortunately this led to Mr. Wills becoming further incapacitated. His physicians recommended both physical and occupational therapy. Following a detailed consultation with his family, it was decided that George would complete his therapy and his long course of IV antibiotics at Cameron’s Transitional Care Unit.
George’s mental ability changed dramatically for the better through his stay in the Transitional Care Unit. George’s son said that he and his father were able to hold normal conversations again, and that his father was getting back to his normal self. By the end of his stay, George was able to walk independently with a walker and perform activities of daily living on his own. He returned home with family support and home-health care services.
A major benefit of Cameron Hospital’s Transitional Care is that it allows patients to stay close to home while getting the care they need. Having family and friends nearby helps keep patients more active and engaged, just like George and his son. Cameron Transitional Care also works closely with our patients’ physicians and entire medical team to ensure that we provide specific and personalized care, all with the expertise of a hospital team.
Transitional Care from Cameron Hospital is making a positive impact on our community. Our hope is that you and your loved ones never need extended medical care, but if you do, we’re here.