CareOne at King James
1040 State Highway 36
Atlantic Highlands
(732) 291-3400

Guest Blogger >> Brian Long, CareOne at King James
A premier senior care provider in New Jersey, CareOne operates 23 sub-acute care centers and three long-term acute care hospitals throughout New Jersey. CareOne  offers skilled expertise and innovative care in a welcoming environment. The centers deliver proficient sub-acute care, long-term acute care hospitals, assisted living,  respite care, long-term care, and Alzheimer’s care. Most recently, CareOne has addressed evolving, acute care needs with a new, Intensive Medical Management Unit  (IMMU) at King James. The IMMU is designed as a transitional care unit to assist patients’ adjustment from acute to post-acute care for continued rehabilitation.

The New Transitional Care Model: Avoiding Hospital Readmissions

For most patients, a visit to the hospital can be frightening enough—but for many, the uncertainty associated with being transferred between various settings for treatment  can add even more anxiety. If a patient suffers a traumatic episode, such as a heart attack or stroke, they may begin their treatment process in the emergency room before  being transferred to an intensive care unit. From there, they may spend some time in a hospital bed before being discharged from the hospital, where they may then be  transferred into an acute or sub-acute setting, such as a rehabilitation center or nursing home.

Fortunately, today’s ever changing healthcare model recognized the need to streamline this process. Adding an Intensive Medical Management Unit (IMMU) to the Sub- Acute setting simplifies the recovery process for the patient and reduces the risk of re-admission to the hospital. Patients with chronic conditions such as respiratory or  heart problems won’t have to worry about where they will receive the ongoing care they need. An IMMU offers highly specialized and concentrated medical care to enable a  complete transition from the hospital to rehab to home.

The IMMU is designed as a transitional care unit to help facilitate a patient’s adjustment from an acute to post-acute care setting for their continued rehabilitation. These  units provide one-onone care at the skilled hands of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, doctors, health aides, and other healthcare professionals. State-of-the-art  medical equipment and a higher nurse-to-patient ratio is combined with 24 hour, seven day a week therapy and the expertise of specialists such as respiratory therapists,  cardiologists, geriatricians, pulmonologists, and other doctors who can oversee a patient’s care at all times.

For patients, the benefit is clear, but the hospital industry will also see the advantages of an IMMU. When patients are transferred between settings, it increases the  likelihood that they will ultimately be readmitted to the hospital, which costs the hospital money. As early as 2016, other healthcare settings, such as skilled nursing homes,  may also suffer financial penalties due to hospital readmissions.

Most readmissions happen within the first 72 hours after a patient is discharged, so the treatment they receive in the first few days after their hospitalization is crucial. At an  IMMU unit, a patient will receive the highest quality of care to prevent them from having to go back into the hospital setting. Eventually, these units may become a standard  in the industry in order to provide patients with the care they need and reduce or even eliminate the need for hospital readmission. If needed, patients can still transfer into a  standard hospital bed on the same floor, or they may move on to a rehabilitation center before going home…but they won’t be forced to move two, three, or more times  throughout the course of their treatment. That’s why IMMUs are the way of the future in the healthcare industry.