Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Unit (TCRU)

What to Know About the New Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Unit of the Hospital

What is the TCRU (Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Unit)?

The TCRU is a skilled nursing facility within the hospital (located in the reconditioned old C wing) that focuses on rehabilitating patients who are still recovering from an illness or injury and are not ready to go home yet.

The TCRU is more of a short term, transitional facility within the hospital that allows patients to go from the acute setting of the hospital, to the TCRU and thus better prepared to return home. For example, you may have surgery at the hospital and stay several days in the acute setting but still not be strong enough to go home. You could transfer over to the TCRU and continue to get the support and rehab you need while you continue to heal and improve. Staff and your physician in concert with the patient will determine when you are healthy enough to be discharged home.

The TCRU provides patients with the rehabilitation and training (which may include any caregiver that may be involved) they need to better prepare them to go home and to be healthy and strong enough to stay home.

What does the TCRU offer?TCRU1

  • In-House Laboratory and X-ray Services
  • In-House Dietician
  • In-House Hospice Care
  • In-House Therapy Services
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Advanced Wound Care by Certified Wound Care Staff

What professional staff work in the TCRU?

We have Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Restorative Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Social Services, Registered Dietician and Activity Director who all work together as a team with the attending physician, again in concert with the resident and family to ensure the resident goals and plan of care is followed through. The TCRU has scheduled meetings with the team, the resident and the family to review, discuss and update goals and plan of care as necessary. Also, in many cases the patient’s primary care physician will follow them into the TCRU. The patient’s physician will oversee all care received in the TCRU.

Does Insurance pay for the stay at the TCRU?

Many insurance companies may cover Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) stays such as Medicare, where a minimum of 3 days Acute Hospital stay is one of the criteria to qualify for Medicare insurance coverage (however, the 3 day stay must be within 30 days of admittance to the TCRU). It is suggested you review your specific insurance plan to see if SNF stays is covered.

How is a TCRU different from other skilled nursing facilities?

The main difference is the TCRU’s main goal is to provide rehabilitation in order to get patients strong enough and sufficiently healed to go home. It is more of a short-term facility, versus a long-term nursing facility.

Hospice and the TCRU

Hospice Care requires a 24 hour caregiver.  When the patient’s family/friends are unable to provide that 24 hour care, the patient has the choice to come to the TCRU for their Hospice Care.

The Ridgecrest Regional Hospice team will make sure that everything is taken care of so that the patient, family and friends can spend quality time with one another and not worry about meeting their care needs.

Hospice will provide specially trained professionals who know Hospice Care.  The professional staff will ensure that the patient is comfortable by providing  pain control, symptom control and therefore, enhancing their quality of life.

The staff will also assist with funeral and final arrangements.


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