What activities are available?

We have an activity calendar prominently displayed in our facility. We also provide a daily agenda to each patient in his or her room. If you would like to participate in an activity, please inform your nursing assistant.

Is WiFi available?

Yes, we have free WiFi available. The log-in information will be provided to our patients in their Welcome Packet that is given to them when they arrive to our facility.

Are televisions provided?

All rooms are equipped with brand new, 42-inch HD TV’s.

How can family call me?

All rooms have telephones at the bedside for individual resident use. Each phone has a unique four-digit extension, which can be obtained and used by family and friends for 24-hour communication.

How do I keep track of all my belongings?

When you arrive, your nursing assistant will help you unpack your belongings and list your belongings on an inventory sheet.  If your family and/or friends decide to bring you additional items, please see your nurse or nursing assistant to update your inventory sheet.  Please label all your belongings with your name, especially your glasses, hearing aids, and dentures.  Please keep your valuables at home (e.g. cash and fine jewelry).

What belongings should I bring?

To make your stay smooth and comfortable, below is a list of suggested items to bring to our facility for your stay:


  • Dresses
  • Pants/Sweatpants
  • Blouses (with front snaps/tee shirts)
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes (non-skid soles/Velcro)
  • Undergarments
  • Nightgown/pajamas
  • Robe
  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts


  • Shirts (button down or tee shirts)
  • Pants/Sweatpants
  • Belts/Suspenders
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes (non-skid soles/Velcro)
  • Undergarments
  • Nightgown/pajamas
  • Robe
  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts
What documentation should I bring?

Please allow us to make a photocopy of your ID and your insurance cards. We also appreciate copies of your advanced directive/durable power of attorney paperwork if applicable.

Do I need to bring my medications?

Kern River Transitional Care will administer your medications during your stay. Occasionally, residents are encouraged to bring medications from home, which our skilled nurses can store and administer per physician’s orders.

Can my loved one receive mail?

Mail is delivered to patients personally every day mail is delivered unless we have been instructed to provide to another party by the resident or legal representative. Any outgoing mail can be given to our receptionists.

Patient’s Name
Kern River Transitional Care
5151 Knudsen Drive.
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Is smoking permitted in the facility?

For the welfare and safety of our patients and staff, we are a non-smoking facility.  There is a designated smoking area outdoors.

How often will I have therapy?

Most patients are scheduled for therapy five-six days per week depending on what the patient’s physician ordered.  The frequency of your therapy sessions will be determined and communicated to you by our rehabilitation department.

How long will I be here?

All our patients’ cases are different.  Your progress is reviewed weekly by our clinical and rehabilitation team.  Our team then identifies what progress is needed to occur for you to reach your maximum level of independence.

Who determines when I will discharge?

Our goal is to send you home with all the necessary tools for you to succeed.  Our nursing and rehabilitation team determines when you are ready to go to a lower level of care, and your attending physician makes the final decision about when it is appropriate and safe for you to discharge.

What it the discharge process?

Our social services director will explain and assist you through the discharge process.  We require 72 hours of notice to ensure all arrangements are made for you to discharge safely.  Discharges are scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

How do I get to my appointments?

Our team will assist in scheduling transportation service to outside appointments. The case management department will inform you if this service will be paid by your insurance or will need to be paid privately. If the outside appointment requires an attendant, the patient and/or family will be responsible in arranging someone to attend the appointment with the patient.

What does my insurance cover?

There are many types of health insurance and benefits offered in a skilled nursing setting.  Please contact our Admissions Director to discuss your individual benefits.  Co-pays and share of costs are due at time of admission.

How much paperwork do I need to sign?

Your nurse and the Admissions Director will have paperwork for you to sign.  Your nurse and Admissions will approach you with the necessary paperwork within 24 hours.

What are the visiting hours?

We believe that adequate rest is beneficial to both yours and our other residents’ recovery. Our suggested visiting hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m. daily. After 8:00 pm, many of our residents are asleep, so it’s best to visit before that time. However, we are flexible on these times, especially based upon the individual medical and/or social needs of each patient.

Are pets allowed to visit?

Yes, we encourage pet visitation; however, for everyone’s safety, we request all pets visiting our facility be maintained on a leash or in a kennel carrier and supervised at all times. Pursuant to local health ordinances, we request all pets must be properly vaccinated and free of contagion as recommended.

What times are meals served?

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meals are served in our dining room or at bedside.  Please inform our nursing supervisor your preference.

What kind of food do you serve?

At Kern River Transitional Care, we aim to serve our residents with both appetizing and nutritious meals. For patients with dietary restrictions, therapeutic menus/alternatives are available. Our menus change frequently, providing a variety of assorted meals. In between meal times, our kitchen staff provides nourishing snacks to our residents. Guests are welcome to dine with us; however, trays are $6 each and can be paid prior to mealtime directly to the business office.

Have we missed something that you would like to learn about? Reach out to a member of our team today and we would be glad to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding our facility.

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