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Call 715-307-6139

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Transitional care program

Our transitional care may be a better short term alternative to a nursing home transfer if you need rehabilitation after surgery, illness or accident, such as a cardiac event, stroke or orthopedic surgery, for example.

You will receive an individualized plan of care, stay in a private room, and receive the therapy you require from trained professionals including physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers and physical,occupational, speech and respiratory therapists.

We offer low patient-to-nurse ratios and your progress will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, with family conferences as needed to prepare you for your return home.

The transitional care program (also known as swing bed) is designed to function like a bridge between the hospital and your home, giving you time to heal and increase your strength and independence before returning to everyday life.

  • Low patient to nurse ratio
  • Recuperate in a private room
  • High patient satisfaction scores
  • Seamless transition of care
  • One-on-one physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy (as appropriate)
  • In-house pharmacist and registered dietician
  • 24 hour registered nurses on staff
  • 24-hour emergency department onsite
  • IV therapy
  • Specialized wound care team
  • Primary care physician weekly visits
  • In-house lab, x-ray and surgery
  • Discharge planning and social work services
  • Excellent medical care, close to home

The transitional care program is for patients who have had a three-day inpatient hospitalization and may be recovering from:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiac event
  • Major surgery
  • Orthopedic joint repair or replacement
  • Wound care
  • Restorative surgery
  • IV therapies
  • Respiratory therapies
  • Acute physical, occupational or cognitive therapy
  • Diabetes management
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cancer treatment
  • Medication changes
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Weakness and deconditioning

You’re eligible for the transitional care program at River Falls Area Hospital if:

  • You have been in the hospital for three nights as an inpatient
  • You need a skilled level of nursing or therapy care (as determined by your doctor and therapy team)
  • You are willing to work towards goals with your therapy team
  • You have coverage under Medicare Part A or private insurance
Give our transitional care team a call at 715-307-6139 to find out more. We will work with you and your physician to determine your suitability for this transitional care option. We are happy to work with your insurance company to determine if the program is a covered benefit for you.

Patient stories

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Jerry Brown: Family man, amputee, diamond willow carver

Transitional care at River Falls Area Hospital helped amputee Jerry Brown get back on his feet after he broke his good leg.

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Chuck Cernohous: A hometown man is home once more

One year on from a series of serious health events, 77-year-old Chuck is back to splitting wood and more, thanks to the transitional care program at River Falls Area Hospital.