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Transitional Care

Transitional Care

Skilled Support from a Total Care Hospital

Transitional care is a specialized rehabilitation ideal for patients who need supervised rehabilitation before returning home after a hospital stay. For patients recovering from major surgery or dealing with chronic health conditions, this supervised rehabilitation can help them return home and live independently. 

Transitional Care gives you and your family the necessary skills to make a home-based recovery as safe and effective as possible.

Why Choose FHW Transitional Care?

Our approach to transitional care is special. We combine the benefits of a skilled nursing home, an intensive rehabilitation program, and an acute care hospital into one unique program.

Skilled Nursing
Home Benefits


Acute Care

One Completely Unique Program

As the Only Facility of Its Kind in Mesa County, We Offer:

Around-The-Clock Care:  You’ll have 24/7 physician supervision, direct access to multidisciplinary specialists, emergency care, and on-site lab, imaging, and respiratory therapy services.

Better Outcomes: Our Physical Therapist Team spends 5 hours and 49 minutes with each patient daily, compared to the national average of 5 minutes. Our targeted and individualized rehabilitation service is offered seven days a week, helping you to return home 10 days sooner than other facilities.

Personalized Care: With the largest therapy team in Western Colorado, we are able to provide one-on-one therapy and an exceptionally high nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:5. Our nurses spend more than 9 hours with each resident each day, compared to the national average of 41 minutes.

Comfortable Atmosphere: During your stay, you’ll enjoy delicious meal options prepared by our award-winning dietary team with a full menu. You can also partake in social activities such as arts and crafts, cooking classes, and games.

Skilled Nurses: Our Skilled Nursing team specializes in transitional rehabilitation. Their entire focus is on helping you recover safely and effectively to help you bridge the gap between the hospital and home. 

On-site Emergency Department: Patients have access to an on-site emergency department to address any problems that might arise. In the event of an emergency, it’s a trip down the hall instead of in an ambulance.

24/7 On-Site Physician: Rest easy knowing your care is monitored by a physician around the clock.

One Complete Team – Plenty of One-Of-A-Kind Programs

In addition to complete Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, our transitional care program includes:

Ensuring you are thriving means caring for more than just your physical health. Staying active and keeping up social interactions are also essential parts of healing. Our activities program helps keep you active and engaged. 

From art projects that promote your physical dexterity to games that help you connect to other patients and staff, we’re taking every step to help you feel whole again.

Your care team also includes aquatic therapists as part of the only pool therapy program in Western Colorado. This unique therapy can support your journey to recovery through low-impact movements that help strengthen muscles and increase your range of motion.

Driving rehabilitation was designed to help achieve independence after a traumatic injury and safety for aging drivers. 

Our vehicle can be adapted to meet each driver's unique needs, and we can also help modify your vehicle to meet your driving needs.

In addition to our physical, occupational, and speech team, respiratory care therapists are available around the clock to help you breathe easier. You’ll find all the respiratory services you need in one on-site team, from sleep studies to pulmonary exercises. 

We offer:

  • Airway clearance methods
  • CPAP / BiPAP
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Oxygen and nebular therapy
  • Trach collar management

Frequently Asked Questions

Transitional Care can help anyone managing a chronic health condition, recovering from surgery, or healing from a traumatic injury. 

We can help with complex conditions and injuries such as:

  • Brain and spinal cord injuries 
  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Chronic/complex wounds
  • Complex fractures
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Heart failure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Post-intensive care syndrome 
  • Sepsis 
  • Stroke


We can also help address many common conditions and injuries, such as:

  • Balance disorders
  • Falls
  • Heart surgery 
  • Hip fractures
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Traumatic injuries

Yes, your physician will refer you to a skilled nursing program after being discharged from the hospital. But you can choose which facility you prefer to receive continued care. Make sure to tell your physician you want to come to Family Health West Hospital.

Medicare generally covers transitional care. We accept most Medicare Advantage plans and work to get pre-approval for most commercial insurance providers. 

We offer free consultations to help determine your estimated transitional care cost and insurance coverage. You can call 970-858-2792 to learn more.

Family Health West Hospital, located in Fruita, Colorado, serves patients from all of Mesa County, including Grand Junction, CO, and various surrounding areas.

Knowing that having privacy is peace is an essential part of recovery, we’ve designed comfortable, private contemporary rooms, each with a private bathroom and shower. 

The length of stay varies from patient to patient. Our average length of stay is 12 days, with 70% of our patients returning home. We credit our high nurse-to-patient ratio and our intensive rehab therapies for this exceptional discharge record. 

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