Ventilator Dependent Unit


Meadowview Health and Rehab Center’s Ventilator Dependent Unit was designed with state-of-the-art technology.  Each room offers an in-wall 100% O2 delivery system, in-wall suctioning and a portable ventilator.   All our beds have either pressure reduction or low air loss mattresses to aid in the reduction of pressure-related problems.

As a care provider, we feel that it is important to address our residents’ physical and social needs.  We provide a Master’s level Social Worker to our residents on the ventilator dependent unit, as well as a Certified Activities Director to provide activities appropriate for each individual’s functioning level.

Our speech language pathologists are committed to our residents regaining functional voice and breath control for their post-tracheotomy experience to maximize communication and quality of speech.  Consultation with our certified wound care specialists and wound VAC trained personnel are arranged for those in need.  Physical therapists maximize functional mobility through carefully balancing physical rehabilitation with respiratory compromise, as well as optimizing potential for outings through new lightweight and portable vents.  Occupational therapists focus on energy conservation with activities of daily living balancing exertion with respiratory compromise.  Both physical and occupational therapy provides current splinting and range of motion techniques on lower level vent residents to prevent contractures and maintain pain-free resting positions until a resident improves medically and progresses to higher level rehabilitation.

We are staffed with 24-hour licensed respiratory therapists, as well as 24-hour licensed and Certified Nursing staff, specifically trained in the care of ventilator dependent and tracheostomy residents.

Residents on the unit have access to state-of-the-art technology, which includes:

  • 9 lbs portable ventilator
  • in-wall 100% O2 delivery
  • in-wall suctioning
  • nurse call system
  • diathermy
  • E-Stim
  • Ultrasound
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Units (TENS)
  • Vital Stim
  • Intelli-Stim
  • electric standing frame
  • pulse oximetry
  • mobile modified barium swallow
  • study availability
  • Wii