Transitional Care Center
Transitional Care Center
After a hospital stay, you may realize that you are not yet able to care for yourself and require additional inpatient therapy to get back to your normal daily life. The Transitional Care Center at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is a unique facility that provides compassionate short-term nursing and rehabilitation to patients who are not yet ready to return home. With 87 beds and 24-hour nursing care, our average length of stay is about 14 days.
We can also assist those who suffered a debilitating neurological injury and require additional inpatient therapy prior to transitioning to an Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
Our medical director leads a team of physicians, nurses, physical, occupational and speech and respiratory therapists, case managers, social worker, dietitians, neuropsychology, activity therapist and certified nurse aides – all with the goal to help you return to your home.
Ask your physician or case manager to see if you qualify for the Transitional Care Center.
Patient visits are very important. However, our patient’s safety, therapy and well-being is of the utmost importance. Please try to limit the freqeuncy of visits during the day, so the patient can receive their therapy.
Normally, we allow visitors to enter throughout the day. However, due to COVID, the state has specific stipulations on allowing visitors. We follow California Department of Public Health guidelines for Skilled Nursing Facilities (hospital guidelines are different).
- Visits are allowed outside for all patients
- Indoor visits are limited by patient vaccine status and visitor’s recent COVID testing results
All the guidelines set in place are for patient safety and regulated through the state. Please call 310-303-5904 weekdays, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the most updated guidelines, as this changes frequently.
Thank you for your understanding.
Our team is experienced with successfully treating patients diagnosed with a range of conditions. We also care for patients who require intravenous therapy, artificial feedings, wound care and other special nursing care.
Conditions treated include, but are not limited to:
- Multiple trauma
- Orthopedic injuries
- Neurological disorders, including stroke
- Spinal injuries
- Cardiac/pulmonary disorders
- Complex medical conditions
Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists work in a comprehensive, collaborative and compassionate approach to restore patient independence.
- Assessment and treatment of patient deficits in areas of self-care (ADLs)/ home management
- Enhancement of patient function through strengthening and adaptive techniques
- Assessment and treatment of patient deficits in areas of mobility and wound care needs
- Improvement of patient function through functional retraining and strengthening
- Assessment and treatment of patients with a wide range of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders
- Facilitate return of communication skills and swallow function
Patients are evaluated the day after admission (Monday - Saturday; there is no therapy Sunday). After evaluation, our therapist, in collaboration with the physician, determine the frequency of visits for the week based on patient participation, motivation and prior levels of function.
Application of current best practice treatments and state of the art modalities include use of these treatments and equiplent:
- Electrical stimulation
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- LiteGait® gait training device
- Simulated kitchenette to simulate home environment
- Motomed upper and lower extremity ergometer to improve strength
Early family involvement helps improve patient participation and successful outcomes for a safe return home. Family and caregiver training will be done a few days prior to discharge, with our rehabilitation team. Occupational therapists will provide training on self-care, adaptive equipment for self-care independence and home modifications for safety. Physical therapists will provide training on functional mobility and adaptive equipment for safe mobility. Speech-language pathologists will provide training on communication skills, swallowing exercises and diet modification.
Registered dietitians and dietary technicians collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to ensure optimal provision of nutrition for each of our Transitional Care Center residents. The clinical dietetics team works closely with our physicians, nursing, wound care and speech-language pathologists to identify patient centered interventions, promote healing and help each resident achieve their individualized goals for their health. Our team is on site Monday through Friday.
Serving as a clinical neuropsychologist consultant, our medical director works with physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians to provide comprehensive care and treatment and assist with patients experiencing cognitive and emotional challenges due to their medical and neurological conditions.
Recreational therapists collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to use activity-based interventions to improve a patient’s physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive wellbeing.
Due to COVID restrictions, group activities have been limited to maintain patient safety.
Respiratory therapists collaborate with the physicians to provide sufficient oxygenation, inhalation medications and different therapeutic interventions to optimize breathing. The therapists treat acute exacerbations and chronic conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, COPD, asthma, pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchiectasis.
Sessions may include:
- Breathing treatments
- Oxygen use and titration
- Oxywalks to determine need for O2 at home
We partner with Providence Trinitycare Hospice for short term inpatient hospice care. Our hospice room is dedicated to make the patient feel like they are in a home-like environment. Call 800-829-8660 to learn more.
At Providence, we believe in the importance of faith in healing and seek to serve the spiritual needs of our patients and their loved ones. Our Spiritual Care department is composed of trained chaplains who provide confidential and non-judgmental support to individuals facing illness. We are committed to seeing that your faith, beliefs and values are honored while you are at the Transitional Care Center. If you would like a Chaplain to visit, call 310-303-6180 or ask your nurse to contact Spiritual Care on your behalf.
- If multiple family members are involved in taking care of a patient, please choose one family member to be the primary contact person to communicate with the interdisciplinary team here at the Transitional Care Center
- The case manager/social worker will contact the patient or family regarding patient’s prior living situation, home accessibility and start planning on admission for a safe discharge environment due to our short-term inpatient rehab stay
- Please plan to come in for family/caregiver training about two days prior to the discharge, so that you are able to safely take care of your loved one at home
- Case management will assist prior to the discharge in coordinating equipment for home, recommendations for caregiver needs and appointments after the patient is discharged