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TCAH Teachers Earn A+

Educating the Next Generation of Therapy Experts      Congratulations to Transitional Care of Arlington Heights occupational therapists, Barry Brenner (left) and Steve Jankowiak (right), who were honored as the co-recipients of the 2018 Cynthia Hughes Harris Fieldwork Educator Award.  Cynthia Hughes Harris was the founding chairperson of the Rush University Department of Occupational Therapy. Dedicated to her, Rush University established [...]

2018-10-12T15:54:16+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Meet the Team | Nita Cesarz

PT, Assistant Director of Therapy As a high school senior, Nita Cesarz knew she wanted to work in the medical field, but she also wanted a career that offered a flexible work schedule to accommodate an eventual family. An early acceptance into the physical therapy program at Marquette University paved the way to ideal work/life balance for this Arlington [...]

2018-10-11T14:39:09+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Complex Post-Surgical Care

Following surgery, TCAH’s highly specialized and custom therapy programs offer more thorough and speedy recoveries. The experienced Transitional Care of Arlington Heights clinical and rehabilitation team is uniquely qualified to provide highly skilled care and optimal results for people who are recovering from complex surgery and have high acuity needs. People like Daniela Zaporojanu, 56, of Rolling Meadows, who, [...]

2018-10-12T15:57:31+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Repost|Tags: , , , |

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

But it sometimes can help improve patient experiences and outcomes! As Kermit the Frog says, “It ain’t easy being green!” But sometimes being green isn’t only the right thing to do for the environment, it’s also the best thing to do for patient care. Transitional Care of Arlington Heights’ leadership role in pioneering a new, electronic therapy “point of care” documentation program resulted in not [...]

2018-10-12T15:36:51+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Back to School with TCU

Transitional Care of Arlington Height’s popular Transitional Care University professional education series is welcoming back students who seek CEU credits this fall. Most recently over 80 people attended the TCU Edema Management program taught by Transitional Care physical and occupational therapists. Above: Amy Miller, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights Lead Therapist, showcases taping to help manage edema in patients at [...]

2018-08-28T12:09:05+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

TCAH Named Northwestern Medicine Preferred Provider

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights (TCAH) extended its reach and is now a part of Northwestern Medicine’s Preferred Provider Network. As such, TCAH is a part of an integrated network that provides seamless, high quality, post-acute care to Northwestern Medicine clients, including patients from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital and Lake Forest Hospital.

2018-08-28T12:03:57+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |

Hope Springs Eternal at TCAH

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights (TCAH) is home to many real medical success stories. We're also home to one fictional medical success story that is coming to theaters, iTunes and Amazon this month. Parts of the movie Hope Springs Eternal, starring Mia Rose Frampton, were filmed at our center. The story focuses on 18-year-old Hope Gracin who suddenly finds herself [...]

2018-08-28T11:58:49+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |

All the Feels!

There’s nothing like a thoughtful and well-put thank you letter to make your day! We love hearing from former guests and are pleased to report that Shirley is exercising daily, driving again and even thinking about returning to Transitional Care of Arlington Heights as a volunteer. Best wishes, Shirley, and thanks for keeping us posted on your progress! Thank [...]

2018-08-28T12:12:37+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Testimonial|Tags: , , , , |

Best of the Best: US News & World Report

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights was named one of the top short-term rehabilitative care centers in the state of Illinois as reported by U.S. News & World Report.    U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 15,000 skilled nursing centers across the country to come up with the list of care centers designated as the best. U.S. News used [...]

2018-01-19T10:32:46+00:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , |

We show we care in every meal we serve.

At Transitional Care of Arlington Heights, we believe that the food we serve is an extension of the care we offer. Our made-from-scratch CuisineCare cooking, distinct dining venues and themed dinners feature a commitment to quality as their prime ingredient. House-made soups, sauces and dressings, fresh vegetables, herbs, seasonings and ample selections leave our guests asking for seconds. Our [...]

2017-12-18T21:32:39+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthful Information|Tags: , , |

CuisineCare . . . to Go!

At Transitional Care of Arlington Heights, guests start preparing to go home the first day they arrive. While the primary focus is on improving health through physical rehabilitation and skilled care, diet plays an important role not only during rehab, but upon the return home as well. “The food we serve is an extension of the care we offer,” [...]

2017-09-26T10:46:55+00:00October 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthful Information|Tags: , , |

Meet the Clinical Liaisons

Whether proactively planning ahead for care in preparation for a scheduled surgery or discovering an immediate need for help prior to going home while currently hospitalized, arranging for proper care is unfamiliar territory for most of us.   Rest assured—the liaisons at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights (TCAH) can provide the necessary assistance every step of the way! Registered [...]

2017-12-14T17:40:33+00:00October 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Therapy Dog Team

“STEELLLA!!!” When guests at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights (TCAH) call out “Steellla!” they are not channeling their inner Stanley Kalowski (as famously played by Marlon Brando in “Streetcar Named Desire”). Rather, they are affectionately greeting their favorite canine therapist, Stella, a six-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier. “We offer animal therapy visits about twice a month,” says Sarah Walker, TCAH [...]

2017-12-14T17:35:49+00:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Meet the Therapist

Lindsey Cussen, DPT, Lead Therapist for Medically Complex Lindsey Cussen loves her job! The lead therapist for the Medically Complex department at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights (TCAH) rather matter-of-factly says, “Coming to TCAH was the best decision I made. Everybody here cares about each and every guest, and everybody is happy.” Lindsey, who earned her undergraduate and Doctor [...]

2017-12-14T17:36:16+00:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Staff, Therapy|Tags: , , , , |

Prepare for “Independence at Home.”

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights is raising the bar for post-acute care. Customer satisfaction results, as measured by Pinnacle Quality Insight satisfaction surveys, report that overall customer satisfaction at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights exceeds national “Best in Class” standards. Here’s what "Best in Class" quality means to our guests and their families:   "Following back surgery, my two weeks [...]

Therapy Matters!

 The TCAH Therapy team is comprised of Physical and Occupational Therapists and Speech/Language Pathologists.   Physical Therapists specialize in restoring functional mobility through individualized treatment plans. The treatment program promotes independence through a variety of activities and exercises to target specific areas such as strength, coordination and pain management. All plans focus on improving movement and increasing strength for [...]

“…knowledgable and compassionate.”

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and Post-Acute Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care. Here’s what "Gold Seal" quality care means to [...]

2017-06-05T19:48:08+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Testimonial|Tags: , , , , , |

The Fine Art of Healing – Rita Molepske

In addition to practicing the fine art of rehabilitation, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights also appreciates fine art itself, and, as such, displays work by area artists in its Community Art Gallery. The Gallery currently features the work of Arlington Heights resident Rita Molepske. Rita says, “I am a lifetime creator of art. Though my medium is usually watercolor, I [...]

2017-08-10T12:31:26+00:00August 11th, 2017|Categories: Event|Tags: , |

Kinesio Comes to Transitional Care

Kinesio taping helps facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Remember the brightly colored tape that three-time Olympic gold medal beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh Jennings wore during the Olympics? Turns out many guests who are recovering from various orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions at Transitional Care wear it as well! Far more than a fashion statement, Kinesio taping [...]

2017-07-21T08:07:30+00:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthful Information|Tags: , |

“…the best I have ever experienced.”

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights earned a 5-star quality rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality care. The overall CMS 5-star rating is based on health inspections, staffing models and health inspection ratings. Centers with 5 stars are considered to have a level of quality that is “much above average.” Here’s what 5-star quality means to [...]

2017-06-05T19:48:53+00:00July 15th, 2017|Categories: Testimonial|Tags: , , , , , |

“Transitional Care is OUTSTANDING…”

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights is raising the bar for post-acute care. Customer satisfaction results, as measured by Pinnacle Quality Insight satisfaction surveys, report that overall customer satisfaction at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights exceeds national “Best in Class” standards. Here’s what “Best in Class” means to our guests and their families:   "We couldn't have been happier with the [...]

2017-06-05T16:26:04+00:00June 15th, 2017|Categories: Testimonial|Tags: , , , |

The Fine Art of Healing – Yolanda Bolithon

In addition to practicing the fine art of rehabilitation, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights also appreciates fine art itself, and, as such, displays work by area artists in its Community Art Gallery. The Gallery currently features the work of Arlington Heights resident Yolanda Bolithon. Born and raised in Seattle to Dutch immigrant parents, Yolanda studied art in college, but pursued [...]

2017-04-26T15:26:13+00:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Event|Tags: , |

Drink Your Water . . . Seriously!

You’ve heard it 1,000 times . . . it is important to drink at least eight cups of water or low calorie, non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages every day. Drinking plenty of water is even more important when recovering from illness or injury. "Drinking enough fluid is essential for maintaining adequate hydration and allowing your body to heal,” Katleya Baldazo MS, [...]

2017-05-17T15:24:46+00:00May 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthful Information, Nutrition|Tags: |

Breathe a Sigh of Relief with TCAH’s New Respiratory Care Program

As hospital lengths of stay decrease, there is a growing need for highly specialized post-acute care that is custom-tailored for patients who are recovering from serious conditions. Take pulmonary-related conditions, for example.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) are respiratory-related conditions that have a high likelihood of re-hospitalization.  TCAH’s new Respiratory Care specialty program [...]

2017-06-08T17:10:10+00:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Recovery Nutrition

Following surgery or injury, the body must heal. The process of healing requires adequate intake of carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, water and protein to support the repair process. Katleya Baldazo MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian with Transitional Care of Arlington Heights, recommends these high-protein snacks to help the body power up for recovery: Top 10 High Protein Snacks for [...]

2017-04-26T15:05:48+00:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Healthful Information|Tags: |

Small Potatoes at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights

Small Potatoes, the Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a musical repertoire that they describe as "Celtic to Cowboy." Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, "one of the most [...]

2017-05-02T11:11:41+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Event|Tags: |

5-Stars for Quality Care

Transitional Care of Arlington Heights earned a 5-star quality rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality care. CMS created the Five-Star quality rating system to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers more easily.  Centers with 5 stars are considered to have a level of quality that is “much above average.”  [...]

2017-04-28T17:36:01+00:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Healthy Healing Benefits of Essential Oils

It was love at first sniff! This month guests at TCAH got a whiff of the healthy healing benefits of essential oils at a demonstration on the popular healing trend that is sweeping the nation. “From ancient Egypt to modern times, essential oils have been used to treat anxiety, aches and various ailments,” says Sarah Walker, event coordinator at [...]

2017-03-06T12:45:37+00:00March 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Best in Class

Best in Class Transitional Care of Arlington Heights is raising the bar for post-acute care. Recent customer satisfaction results, as measured by Pinnacle Quality Insight satisfaction survey, report: 95% recommend to others 98% family member satisfaction (vs. 82% national average) 95% patient satisfaction (vs. 84% national average) Overall satisfaction exceeds national “Best in Class” standards. “Our outstanding customer satisfaction [...]

2017-03-06T14:04:01+00:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Fine Art of Living Well

Enjoying Nature’s Beauty In addition to practicing the fine art of rehabilitation, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights also appreciates fine art and, as such, displays work by area artists in its Community Art Gallery. The nature photography of Arlington Heights resident, Christine Naunheimer, a physical therapist who has cared for patients at Northwest Community Hospital for the last 15 years, is currently [...]

2017-03-06T16:11:19+00:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Transitional Care Earned Joint Commission Seal of Approval

Transitional Care Earned Joint Commission Seal of Approval   Transitional Care of Arlington Heights earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and Post-Acute Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective [...]

2017-02-15T12:16:41+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Beautiful and Healing Art of Beading

Creating Art is Therapeutic There’s no doubt about it—creating art is therapeutic. Whether it’s relieving stress, enhancing one’s motor skills, or simply creating an outlet, the arts relax and stimulate the mind, body, and soul. Guests at Transitional Care of Arlington Heights (TCAH) recently experienced the therapeutic benefits of art first hand at a jewelry creations class. Guests enjoyed sifting [...]

2017-01-05T19:30:29+00:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: News|

TCAH Swings into Summer 2016

Today, the Arlington Heights Park District hosted the grand re-opening of the Arlington Lakes Golf Club and Transitional Care of Arlington Heights was proud to be an event sponsor. Pictured below are photos of the day’s festivities including a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring the Arlington Heights Park District team. We thank the Arlington Heights Park District family for letting us [...]

2016-07-01T15:52:00+00:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Transitional Care Welcomes Blue Cross Blue Shield to the New Road to Recovery

Transitional Care Welcomes Blue Cross Blue Shield to the New Road to Recovery Do you carry Blue Cross Blue Shield for your insurance and are looking for post-acute care? If so, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights has you covered! We are now welcoming guests with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance policies to the new road to recovery. This includes [...]

2016-06-24T12:04:41+00:00June 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Transitional Care Takes the Streets in Arlington Heights

Transitional Care Takes the Streets in Arlington Heights Transitional Care of Arlington Heights’ Event Coordinator Callie Malone kicked off Summer 2016 with her furry friends at the “Picnic in the Park” event this past week. The community event, hosted by the Arlington Heights Park District, takes place at North School Park every year and offers free entry for all [...]

2016-06-16T13:48:29+00:00June 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Rehab Makes the Heart Grow Stronger

Rehab Makes the Heart Grow Stronger As Transitional Care of Arlington Heights grows, so does the appreciation from our guests. Joseph felt so moved by his recent recovery here at TCAH that he painted a beautiful canvas for us that now hangs in our center. According to Joseph, the painting depicts his journey of recovery following his recent coronary [...]

2016-06-06T11:03:26+00:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Transitional Care Makes News in the Chicago Tribune

Transitional Care Makes News in the Chicago Tribune We are pleased to announce that Transitional Care of Arlington Heights has been featured in this weekend’s edition of the Chicago Tribune. The article entitled, “Nursing homes for boomers gain traction over opposition in Chicago area,” discusses the current outlook on post-acute care in the Chicago market and how our company [...]

2016-05-27T10:50:46+00:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action! This week, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights is excited to welcome the cast and crew from Hope Springs Eternal, starring Mia Rose Frampton, daughter of Peter Frampton.  This indie dramedy tells the story of a teenage cancer patient who finds out she is in remission, which upends her identity as the "dying girl." Stay tuned for more [...]

2016-05-03T18:32:25+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Transitional Care is Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month!

Transitional Care is Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month! April is National Occupational Therapy (OT) Month and Transitional Care of Arlington Heights is honoring our OT crew!  Transitional Care OTs are a crucial part of the team as they help guests improve overall functioning and their ability to perform activities required in their everyday lives through customized treatment sessions and the [...]

2016-04-05T16:45:02+00:00April 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

5 Things Lynn Hogrefe, Director of Hospital Transitions, Wants You to Know about TCAH

5 Things Lynn Hogrefe, Director of Hospital Transitions, Wants You to Know About TCAH. The admission process will be smooth and worry-free for all guests. Lynn will work with the team at the hospital to ensure all medical equipment is in guest rooms prior to their arrival, verify insurance benefits and make sure all crew members are informed and [...]

2016-03-29T12:17:38+00:00March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|
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