Transitional care critical to patients’ lasting well-being - Sebastian River MC Nurse in Vero News
“Transitional care,” says registered nurse Virginia (Ginny) Currier, director of nursing at Sebastian River Medical Center’s transitional care unit, “is the bridge between hospital and home” for patients that need additional care after an operation or illness.
According to Currier, the goal of the program and its skilled nursing facility “is to help people regain their strength and safety awareness, so that they can return home safely. And, hopefully, stay at home and not end up back in the hospital again.”
A typical transitional care patient could be a hip or knee replacement patient who is still unsteady on their feet or someone who is otherwise too weak or fragile – due to age, anesthesia, prescription medications or surgical-related complications – or someone who lives alone and has no one to help care for them at home upon release.