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Friday, October 17, 2008

Manor Care is Not Just Another Nursing Home

Manor Care is committed to helping their clients achieve their highest level of health and independence possible.

The Baby Boom is dealing with the aging of the Greatest Generation. I have already lost my father and am now dealing with the making of decisions for my aging mother.

Previously I posted about my mother’s illness and hospitalization in Ilwaco, WA and my decision to bring her to Manor Care in Gig Harbor to rehabilitate. I talked about how getting her packed to go was similar to getting a child ready for camp. The analogy has held up and my decision on Manor Care well rewarded.

Tucked amidst the Doug Firs behind Peninsula Library, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and the Merrill Gardens Retirement Center, Manor Care is more akin to a large beautiful home than nursing home or medical facility. Decorated in mauves and creams, it is filled with traditional furniture and dozens of caring staff. It smells like a home, not a nursing facility.

I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Manor Care. Each one seems to be a caring gentle person with the capacity to remain calm in the face of even the crankiest patient. When I arrived at Manor Care following the drive from Ilwaco and followed closely by the ambulance bringing my mother, the staff was welcoming and made my mother’s transition easy for both of us. They took my mother to her room while I signed the paperwork which had already been taken care of with faxes of her records from the hospital at the beach.

Manor Care is committed to helping their clients achieve their highest level of health and independence possible. Bi-weekly meetings of patients' "Care Team" of therapists and nurses reviews progress made and keeps the client's goal in mind. This is not a nursing home where individuals are left in bed or warehoused. These campers are kept busy all the time.

If my mother is not working out in the physical therapy room on various machines or practicing balancing on one foot, she’s in the occupational therapy room with a small group cooking or doing crafts. The Speech/Language Pathologist works with small groups of residents on memory. We are particularly fond of Stephena because she actually lives near Ilwaco in Clatskanie, Oregon. Familiar with the facilities in that part of the world she is most supportive of my decision to bring my mother to Manor Care. As a matter of fact, she confided that she’s told her husband that if she should need nursing care to bring her to Gig Harbor and Manor Care.

Manor Care offers entertainment regularly in their dining room and residents are encouraged to attend the concerts and shows. Just this week they've had an acustical guitarist one day and German dancers for an Oktoberfest celebration the next. A big screen television in the day room has been the focus on debate nights during the time my mother has been there.

Residents and their families meet with their “Care Team” of therapists and nurses every two weeks to access their progress and determine how best to continue treatment. It is comforting to meet all these caring people and to get their in-put on creating the future of a loved one. I am going to give my own husband the same advice the SLP gave hers, "If I need nursing care take me to Manor Care!"

If you have a loved one who needs a beautiful, safe, caring place to be, consider Manor Care of Gig Harbor, located at 3309 45th St. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253-858-8688.


Lorraine Hart said...

I second your kudos for Manor Care, Stephanie. My daughter Anna used to volunteer her time there, when she was in high school. I'd like to suggest that anyone with the time and heart volunteer to give our Elders their rightful love and care.

I'm so glad to hear that your mother is doing so well under their care, Stephanie. A kiss to you for being such a loving and loyal daughter.

Mizu Sugimura said...

With all the stories out there about care for seniors, etc. it's especially good to hear about someone who's happy with a particular firm.

More power to Manor Care of Gig Harbor!

JosephMcG said...

Your post is full of loving concern... I know your mother is very proud of you...


JosephMcG said...

Your post is full of loving concern... I know your mother is very proud of you...


Stephanie Frieze said...

It is comforting to be able to find a supportive environment for loved ones who need care. Manor Care has been exceptional, although my mother says the cook has changed and the ex-Navy chief is proving less to her liking. :-) I told her that is so she will want to get better, go home and do her own cooking.

YNO V said...

Interesting mother just entered a Manor Care Facility in Tacoma, Washington. She chose Manor Care to assist her with her hip replacement recovery. She is not having the same experience. I am in Charlotte, NC and I'm terrified on the stories that my mother is relaying....would love some thoughts, guidance and advice.


Stephanie Frieze said...

My short answer, YNOV is to call Manor Care, Tacoma and ask to speak to their social services office, but your query sparked a new blog on the TNT site In Your Neighborhood and my other blog The View From My Broom the challenges I have had to face in 2008.