Skilled Care Unit
The Skilled Care Unit at Wheeling Hospital is a 24-bed unit that provides care for patients who require a skilled service before returning home. Patients range in age from young adult to the elderly.
The scope of care includes, but is not limited to, major joint procedures, strokes, heart conditions, respiratory problems, nutrition/metabolic disorders, wound care, IV antibiotics and teaching of diabetics, colostomies and other postacute services. The unit's interdisciplinary approach to patient care includes nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, dietary, pastoral, social services, activities, ostomal therapy, physicians and visiting nurses. The unit also has contracts with a dentist, beautician and podiatrist.
The typical patient stay is 7-10 days and approximately 99 percent receive home nursing visits after their release. The unit's goal is to return patients to their optimum level of independence. This includes dressing themselves, getting around with walkers or other aids and safely getting in and out of the shower or the bathtub. Included in the unit is a fully equipped kitchen to aid in teaching patients to prepare anything from a cup of coffee to a meal. Patients are encouraged to wear their own clothes to the unit as part of the transition toward home. In addition, family members are welcome to visit and participate in the patients' therapies and care.
The staff of 30 includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, physical/occupational therapists and aides, activities leaders and other personnel necessary to meet patients' needs.