Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU) recently received new equipment that supports functional rehabilitation for patients. The Car Transfer Simulator and Vehicle Brake Reaction timer from Advanced Therapy Products, Inc. are the first of their kind in Sheridan.
Earlier this year, the Hospital’s Auxiliary made the equipment purchase possible by presenting the Foundation with $25,000 earmarked for the Transitional Care Unit patient care needs. The donation paved the way for the purchase of the car transfer simulator and other special equipment. Each year, the Auxiliary funds specific hospital projects through proceeds from their annual Trees of Love project and from Kozy Korner Gift Shop sales.
TCU is a specialized area of the hospital where physical, speech and occupational therapists and nurses team up to help patients recover after an acute surgical or illness related hospital stay. The specialized care addresses challenges that a patient’s specific healthcare issues will pose during recovery. It ensures a greater likelihood that the patient will be prepared to return home.
The Car Transfer Simulator enables therapists to teach recovering patients the safest way to get in and out of a vehicle from the driver or passenger side. It will simulate any automobile, car, SUV, truck or van. It is loaded with true-to-life vehicle components: functional doors, real bench seat, tilt steering wheel, pedals and wheelchair loading space. The ability to provide this level of therapy helps patients integrate back into their daily activities and home life.