Short Term Rehab

Since 1914, Deutsches Altenheim has been greatly recognized in the Greater Boston area as a resource for seniors in need. Starting as a retirement community focusing on senior care, Deutsches Altenheim has grown to provide countless seniors with a tremendous quality of life and today encompasses post-acute rehabilitation skilled services in the 44-bed Carl J. Ludwig Transitional Care Unit (TCU). The TCU offers short term, skilled nursing rehabilitative care for patients who require services after a hospital stay before returning to their home in the community.

The TCU offers short term rehabilitation and resources for patients recovering from a variety of medical or surgical conditions, including:

  • Joint replacements
  • Post-cardiac surgery
  • Fractures
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple traumas
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Urinary tract infections

Every senior who enters the TCU is met by an experienced group of caregivers who work under the direction of a personal care plan. These care plans are managed and overseen by a Case Manager who works closely with staff and family members to ensure that every need is met and the utmost in care is being provided. From admission to discharge, our skilled nursing staff will deal with any complex medical issue that may arise and use the latest technology to achieve the best rehabilitation possible. After seniors are discharged home, outpatient therapies are available and often continue with the same therapist.

Families can take comfort in knowing that they are always able to see their loved ones with unlimited visiting hours and plenty of free, lighted parking. Public transportation is also conveniently located nearby with the MBTA bus route #35.

If you or a loved one would like to be referred to the TCU, our hospital liaison nurse will conduct a clinical evaluation to determine if German Centre for Extended Care is the right option for the patient. If the referral is appropriate, our liaison will work with the German Centre admissions office to coordinate admission to the unit. For more information, contact German Centre’s Admissions Office at (617) 325-1230, or via email

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The Carl J. Ludwig Transitional Care Unit offers a comprehensive array of services and amenities in a positive environment to meet your short term rehabilitative needs.

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