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A 30-bed ventilator care unit, the first of its kind in Macomb County, opened at the beginning of the month. The unit is designed to provide progressive care for long-term residents, short-term rehabilitation patients and respite care clients who need temporary services while their caregivers are away. The unit also features a physical and occupational therapy program for individuals working to wean themselves from ventilator support through rehabilitation.
Services on the unit include a ventilator dialysis program which allows patients who were once only limited to options in the hospital the ability to receive highly technical nursing services in a homelike setting. The program offers a gentle dialysis regimen 5 days a week, as opposed to the traditional 3 days a week, making it easier on the patient and providing better long-term outcomes.
Staff and consultants on the unit include pulmonologists, nephrologists, licensed nurses, respiratory therapists, infectious disease specialists, rehabilitation therapists and certified nursing assistants who are experienced in ventilator care and dialysis and have a broad range of respiratory-related training. Conditions treated include COPD, CHF and wounds as well as dialysis for those with ventilators and trachs. Intravenous therapy is also available.
All rooms on the ventilator unit are private and equipped with in-room bathrooms and 55-inch televisions with free Netflix. The facility also offers a variety of daily therapeutic activities and services as well as beautiful grounds and outdoor patios. For a limited time, new ventilator residents can choose their own rooms.
The facility also offers a separate rehab dialysis program for patients who are not on the ventilator unit. The program involves the 5-day gentle dialysis protocol followed by daily therapy. This eliminates the need for outpatient dialysis visits and provides greater flexibility in a patient’s therapy schedule. This option also helps increase a patient’s abilities and decrease the risk of rehospitalization.
Autumn Woods accepts Medicaid, Medicare and private insurances and has an insurance specialist available to assist with questions. The facility’s admissions team can also coordinate transfers for patients from other facilities. To find out more, visit www.autumnwoods.com or call (586) 574-3444. Autumn Woods is the only VA and Pace certified facility in Macomb County.