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WPCLC adding Transitional Care Unit

December 13, 2012

Tentatively planning a grand opening in March, the newly renovated West Point Community Living Center will be a showplace.
A new transitional care unit and therapy gym will be open for those needing rehabilitative therapy.
It is centered on the design to help people return to work or home after debilitating falls and illnesses. It will be available to those in any age group who need some assistance and therapy before returning home.
The 2000 plus square foot addition of therapy gym space will contain strengthening equipment such as a treadmill, weight machines and recumbent bikes.
Transitional Care is an important part of any skilled nursing facility.
Its name “transition” is based on people who go the hospital and are trying to transition back home or to an assisted living facility. Skilled nursing facilities create plans of care along with physicians and other health professionals to help people return home or to work after suffering strokes, heart attacks, knee replacements or other illness or injuries.
Patients admitted to the Transitional Care Unit will receive occupational and physical therapy as needed. The transitional care unit will have all private suites. Occupational therapy is intended to rehabilitate patients so they can return home or back to work.
Physical therapy is designed to increase joint, muscle strength, balance and other physical needs. An occupational therapy area that will include a bistro and bathroom area to retrain people for daily home life after suffering a stroke, heart attack or other illness or injury. The bistro is to help people retrain themselves to be able to cook and clean up afterwards. Especially after a stroke, people need to re-learn many things to help them with day-to-day living.
The bathroom area will help with those who need training such as getting in and out of a bath tub safely. There are many things that never cross the mind of someone who has never had these difficulties. The therapy helps those individuals become independent again when possible and return home or to work.
Construction began in November and is expected to be complete by March, baring inclement weather.

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