Transitional Care Unit

About Our Transitional Care Unit

Sometimes you or someone you love has improved to the point of no longer needing acute hospital care but returning home is not yet an option.

The Transitional Care Unit bridges the gap between the hospital's acute care setting and the patient's home allowing for a smooth transition. The TCU provides the Southern Ocean Medical Center care you trust in a positive environment.

The Transitional Care Unit is a 20-bed skilled nursing unit, located on the second floor of the James J. Mancini Pavilion. It is designed to meet the needs of people requiring short term, skilled nursing care or less intensive rehabilitation care.

Our Purpose...

The goal of the Transitional Care Unit is to assist you in fully recovering from your acute episode by providing the nursing and rehabilitative care necessary to help residents regain a certain level of independence and return home with confidence.

It is our pleasure to serve you. We will do everything in our power to make your stay with us as beneficial as possible.

Our Staff...

Our dedicated staff delivers the same quality care you've come to expect at Southern Ocean Medical Center. A team of nurses, physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists, dietitians, aides, social workers and activities staff work with the resident and family members to develop and manage each resident's care plan. This system of careful consultation and monitoring assures each resident of receiving the most appropriate, highest quality of care available.

About Our Services...

The philosophy of care at the TCU is progressive in nature. Services are all geared toward one objective - restoring your physical and emotional strength so you can return to your independent lifestyle. In addition to skilled nursing care, the TCU offers physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as therapeutic recreation. Residents are encouraged to move about the facilities and participate in a range of activities.

Your comfort is also a primary concern. You are encouraged to wear your favorite street clothes throughout your stay. In general, we have found that dressing for the day's events promotes a sense of wellbeing and restores confidence. Likewise, dining with others in our tastefully appointed dining room will help lift your spirits and renew your strength.

What Conditions Are Appropriate For The Transitional Care Unit?

The Transitional Care Unit is ideal for those people requiring short-term skilled care who are medically stable, and those who are possible candidates for intensive acute rehabilitation services.

Patients with cerebrovascular disease, cardiopulmonary disorders, orthopedic disabilities, neuromuscular disease, oncology disorders, or general debilitation are some examples of those who would be considered for an evaluation.

The TCU Difference

Three important factors distinguish Southern Ocean Medical Center's Transitional Care Unit from the Acute Care setting and other Skilled Nursing Facilities:

  • Convenience- Unlike a separate skilled nursing facility, services such as pharmacy, IV therapy, radiology, and laboratory are all on site, in the hospital.
  • Cost-Effectiveness- One very important difference in these cost-conscious times is that because TCU care is less intensive, it is less expensive than an acute care hospital bed.
  • Encourages Independence- Every action of the health care team helps residents move towards one goal: acquiring the skills and physical ability to return to their pre-hospital setting.

Care Locations

  • Southern Ocean Medical Center, 1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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