March 19, 2002

Contact: Jennifer Kurczek
††††††††††††††† Community Relations Director

††††††††††††††† (920)361-5481 or jkurczek@partnershealth.org

 

 

 

Juliette Manor's Transitional Rehab Unit provides short term support

for dealing with injuries and illness

 

If his plans worked out, 82-year-old Wautoma resident Roy Smith is likely enroute to Arkansas where he will partake in some good fishing and socializing with old friends.

 

Not an impossible feat at his age, as he travels south every winter. But what makes Smith's story special is the fact that a little more than a month ago he underwent a total hip replacement to alleviate years' worth of pain and suffering.

 

Following surgery, Smith checked into the new Transitional Rehabilitation Unit at Juliette Manor skilled nursing residence, where he underwent a short-term therapy program to help him recover quickly from his surgery. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Smith's strict military discipline motivated him to utilize Juliette Manor's (JM) rehabilitation services.

 

"I'm very capable of taking care of myself, but I wanted to make sure I learned the appropriate techniques to use the new hip correctly," he said. "At first I wanted to stay a week, but then decided to stick it out for two weeks until I felt completely healed and ready to go home."

 

The JM Transitional Rehabilitation Unit, formerly the Swing Bed Program at Berlin Memorial Hospital, is located in the nursing residence's north unit, which was completely renovated last summer. Featuring private and semi-private rooms, the Unit provides short-term rehabilitation in the form of physical, occupational and speech therapies -- enabling participants to return to their homes after successful completion.

 

"The rehab really teaches you the 'dos' and 'doníts' following surgery," said Smith, who served in the military prior to a career in the automotive industry. "The key is to stick with the exercises and follow the therapists' instructions."

 

Upon admission to the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit, participants undergo a thorough evaluation to assess their therapy needs.

 

"The goal of the program is to provide the course of treatment that is best for the mind, spirit and body of the individual," said Jan Ferris, Juliette Manor administrator. "We strive to provide a comfortable environment, with activities of daily living, to prepare the individual for the return to home."

 

Because the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit is located within Juliette Manor, participants enjoy access to the Manor Salon for hair care, a full array of activities, and personal laundry services.

 

Marilyn Paulson, who resides in the Poy Sippi area, appreciated the 'personal touches' of the staff when she went through the program last fall following an automobile accident, and again at the beginning of 2002 following intestinal surgery.

 

"I've visited several other care centers and there is such a difference in the attitude from other centers. I simply cannot say enough about the staff at Juliette Manor," she said. "They would stop in just to say 'hello' or visit when they weren't required to. I just couldn't think of a better place to stay after the situations I went through."

 

After dealing with some serious health concerns, including a broken clavicle, pancreatic surgery and bowel cancer, Paulson is now recovering in the comfort of her own home.

 

Juliette Manor, located at 169 E. Huron Street in Berlin, is a member of Community Health Network, which includes Berlin Memorial Hospital, CHN Home Care, Proformance Fitness & Rehabilitation, Partners Family Pharmacy, Proformance Workplace Services, and the CHN Medical group consisting of more than 110 providers serving nearly 20 community clinics.

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