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Fair Oaks Lodge adds transitional care unit

Fair Oaks Lodge will soon be opening a transitional care unit (TCU) for people recovering from joint replacements, strokes, other surgeries or injuries who require closer physical, occupational or speech therapy.

“This will be a regional TCU,” said Tim Sporre, admissions and marketing director for Fair Oaks Lodge. “We’ll be open to all communities in the area.”

The new TCU will be located at the west end of the Fair Oaks Lodge complex on the second floor adjacent to the physical therapy department.

It will have a private entrance, 10 private rooms with private baths and flat screen TVs and a separate lounge and dining area.

The public will get a chance to view the area Thurs., June 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Use the west entrance to the building.

All of the TCU has been remodeled with new paint, flooring, wall decorations and furniture. The new lounge will feature a large fireplace and the dining area will include tables for those staying in the TCU.

“We want people rotating through this facility and going home,” said Sporre. “We might have one person here four days and some here for a month.”

“A facility like this represents a focused approach to short term stays,” he added.

Sporre said the facility has a full time occupational therapist, full time physical therapist and a full time speech therapist.

“We’ve got a good reputation for our therapy department,” said Sporre. “We get referrals from as far as Minneapolis and the Twin Cities.”

The 10-bed TCU is attached to the other Fair Oaks facility which include 75 long term care residential beds and 35 apartments on a 47-acre campus in northeast Wadena.