Transitional Care (TCU)
Clara Maass Medical Center Transitional Care Unit
One Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, New Jersey 07109
Joan Fredella, LNHA, CALA
The Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Clara Maass Medical Center offers a
special caring environment for patients who no longer require all the
resources of an acute care hospital, but who are still too sick to be
cared for at home. The TCU is a 20-bed unit which provides a sub-acute
level of care within the acute care hospital, an option in the continuum
of care. Typically patients are admitted to the TCU for the following
types of care: cardiac recovery, post surgical recovery, oncology and
pain management, pulmonary management, skin and wound care, and complex
medical management. A few extra days for recovery in the TCU can give
patients just the time they need to regain strength and function needed
to successfully be discharged home.
Patients may stay in the TCU for up to eight days of care.
Rehabilitation services are provided by the RWJBarnabas Health Rehabilitation
The TCU is staffed by physicians, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation
therapists, and dieticians who follow an interdisciplinary team approach
to help patients transition to home so they may live independently or
with some assistance.