Transitional Care Unit
Baptist Health Paducah's Transitional Care Unit can assist you with making a smooth transition from the hospital to home. It is designed for patients who have been hospitalized for at least three days, but need further care before they are ready to go home or to another care setting.
The focus of the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is short-term restorative care. The TCU allows the hospital to provide comprehensive, subacute, skilled nursing care following a major illness or surgery. The supportive environment of a full-service hospital allows more intensive care to be delivered in the TCU than most skilled nursing facilities can provide.
Patients Who Qualify for the Transitional Care Unit
To qualify for admission to the TCU, a patient must have been hospitalized for a minimum of three days and have a condition such as:
- Post-surgical orthopaedic conditions, such as total joint replacement
- A need for IV medications, such as antibiotics
- Wounds that aren't healing well or need special care
- A need for respiratory care treatments
- A need for frequent nasopharyngeal or tracheal suctioning
- A need for tube feeding
- A need for colostomy/ileostomy care, including teaching
- A need for rehabilitation therapies such as physical, speech or occupational therapy
For More Information
- Transitional Care Services Available at Western Baptist
- Understanding Medicare and Medicaid Coverage of Skilled Care
Baptist Health Paducah offers the latest in modern health care. Our philosophy is to treat all patient needs, both physical and emotional, to enable them to return home and lead productive lives. Our TCU is licensed as a nursing facility by the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Baptist Health Paducah's Infection Control Department is responsible for preventing and controlling the spread of nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients.
For more information about Baptist Health Paducah's Transitional Care Unit, phone (270) 575-2187.