Rehabilitative Care Center Reopens in Union City

Transitions rehab services at the Masonic Homes of California is accepting short-stay patients now.

The Covid-19 pandemic complicated countless people’s medical plans over the past year. But for many, major surgery or other procedures were unavoidable. Which means the need for post-operative rehabilitation remained— even if the options for it were significantly limited.

That’s why, in early May, leaders at the Masonic Homes of California in Union City were thrilled to welcome back patients for the first time in more than a year to the Transitions program for rehabilitation services. “We know the need for rehab services has increased during COVID,” says Joseph Pritchard, chief clinical officer. “So, we’re very excited to finally be reopening and having these beds available to the community.”

Transitions offers adult patients short-stay rehabilitative care following a wide range of surgeries, illnesses, or injuries. With 19 therapeutic rooms, each with its own bathroom and hotellike amenities, Transitions provides each patient a registered nurse case manager, plus a team consisting of a licensed medical director, nurses, therapists, social services managers, and nutritionists. Specialized and individualized services are offered to patients recovering from orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary surgeries. Around-the-clock medical and rehab nursing care is partnered with expert pain management assistance. One-on-one physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions are available. Staff-to-patient ratios are significantly better than the national average.

“We’re so happy and excited to reopen Transitions,” says licensed nursing home administrator Cynthia Cruz. “We’re now able to assist the community again to receive the skilled services they need.”

Rigorous Covid-19 safety measures remain in place at the Masonic Homes campus, including frequent testing and screening. Patients in the Transitions program have access to made-to-order meals through the Homes’ in-house restaurant. And all Transitions rooms are now outfitted with technology services through Amazon Alexa so patients can look up information, request assistance, and more through voice commands.

“Whether, it’s recovering from a hip replacement or heart surgery, we’re offering the highest standard of care to make sure patients recover as quickly as possible so they can go home to their family,” Pritchard says.

Space is limited, so if you have a planned surgery upcoming or need rehab services immediately, learn more about Transitions at or reach out to admissions coordinator Maria Lorenzana at (510) 299-9144.

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