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The flu, the elderly and The Bridge

October 31, 2017

“The Bridge” program is a transitional level of care that is Medicare certified and will allow patients to continue to receive skilled nursing and rehabilitation services without leaving the hospital.

The flu, the elderly and The Bridge

Trina J. Daves, RN, BS

Chief Nursing Officer

Flu season is here. While the flu is tough on everyone, it has a greater impact on those more vulnerable. People with immune deficiencies, the young and the elderly, have a longer recovery period to get them back to their pre-illness baseline.

We often find that many of our elderly patients can’t seem to bounce back and recover as quickly as our younger patients. While they may be anxious to go home, they are just not strong enough to do so. They may still be de-conditioned and thus at increased risk for secondary complications from lack of strength to ambulate or perform their activities of daily living. Often times our elderly patients do not have anyone to assist them once the return to home. This is where TLRMC’s swing bed program, called “The Bridge”, can be of assistance.

“The Bridge” program is a transitional level of care that is Medicare certified and will allow patients to continue to receive skilled nursing and rehabilitation services without leaving the hospital. The program coordinates the patient’s health care needs by utilizing nursing services, physicians, physical and occupation therapy, respiratory therapy, our registered dietician, and social services.

The program is designed to be a short term stay, usually 10 to15 days.  The goal of the program is to improve the patients physical functioning to the point that a safe return to a more independent setting, such as the patient’s own home, is feasible.

For admission information or to learn more, please contact the TLRMC Case Management Team by phone at (270) 259-9545 or (270) 259-1671, or by email at TheBridge@tlrmc.com.