Once again, the sound of progress can be heard in the halls of the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center as construction crews demo old rooms that were built in the 1970s to make way for a new and modern rehabilitation unit.
"We're excited to create a new space for our sub-acute rehab program, and we appreciate everyone's patience during this phase of construction," said Tom Holt, president and CEO. "We've learned a lot in the seven years since we began short-term rehab. We're taking the great ideas we've received from staff and residents and adding them to what works well today."
The unit will be opened in early spring. The new location will be more convenient for residents going back and forth to therapy. The unit will have all single rooms with modern furnishings and a private shower and bath. A new dining area will be designed specifically for the short-term rehab resident.
Tom Holt, Lutheran president and CEO, shares highlights of the future medical rehabilitation unit with Tina Lind-Kellom, a current resident who is recovering from bilateral knee replacements, and Mary Borowski-Burns, director of admissions.
"I've had a wonderful experience here," said Tina Lind-Kellom, a current rehab resident recovering from a bilateral knee replacement. "The admission process was seamless from the moment I was greeted by the nurse and physical therapist at the front door. The physical therapy staff makes me feel like I am the only person in their care, and I've made amazing progress. Staff is just as warm and friendly to my family. Having a brand new space for future residents will add to an already positive experience. I've also enjoyed filling my free time with the activities they provide, and I especially like the church service on Sundays."
The Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center has downsized from a 254-bed facility to a 148-bed facility.
"Our vision is to be the go-to resource for senior services by providing a wide range of services that will help people remain independent," Holt said.
In the last few years, Lutheran expanded assisted living, added a medical model day care program and the new 14-unit Smartment Building.
"We're serving more people but in ways that enhance their quality of life," Holt said. "There will always be a need for the nursing home, but we believe nursing home stays will be shorter as seniors have other options available to them."
The renovation is funded in part by HEAL NY, which awarded more than $23 million to Lutheran. HEAL NY is the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York state. The intent of the funds is to right-size the health care delivery system; eliminate duplication of health care services; promote alternative care at appropriate levels and cost; and reduce the rising costs of health care spending.
For more information about Lutheran or to access senior services call 665-4905 or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org.