The Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Dearborn has opened a transitional care unit for patients to receive 24-hour care and treatment for a variety of medical issues that otherwise would require them to be admitted to the hospital.
"Our transitional care unit is designed to help patients and their families avoid back and forth trips to the hospital that may occur during rehabilitation or following hospitalization," says Lorraine Lewis, director of nursing for the transitional care unit. "Many people also know it as the 'yo-yo effect,' which prevents patients from getting settled and becoming stronger."
Lewis says the transitional care unit is equipped with four patient beds, heart monitors, oxygen, EKG machines, and a mini-lab and medical equipment used to monitor and treat infections, respiratory issues, uncontrolled diabetes, and congestive heart failure, among other medical problems.
Lewis says each nurse, who is trained in advanced cardiac life support, is assigned two patients.
The Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, part of Beaumont Health, also offers independent and assisted living apartments.