The TCU is designed for
patients whose goal is to return to their home in a short period of time.
Greater than 80% of patients discharged from the TCU return to their former
level of living.
The average length of stay is 10 to 20 days where the
patient is provided with physical and occupational therapy services twice per
day, six days per week. These patients typically do not qualify for, or cannot
tolerate the three hours of therapy required for inpatient rehabilitation.
Admission to TCU also requires a minimum three day inpatient hospital
While the TCU is primarily
a Medicare unit, other forms of insurance may cover the care. Medicare and/or insurance
coverage determination is made on or prior to admission by assessing the
patient’s current orders, needs, and physical condition. The patient must meet
Medicare and /or any other health insurance criteria for skilled care in order
to be eligible for coverage. Patients must require the services of a licensed
nurse or licensed therapist 24 hours a day. Custodial care and intermediate care
are not covered services.