Open House for New VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

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Emma DeVito
President and Chief Executive Officer



Oct. 21 Open House for
New VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center


You’re invited!

In a few weeks, we’ll be opening our brand new, state-of-the-art VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a wonderful new asset to our community that will help people in need of rehabilitation and recovery services get better faster and get back home more quickly.

On October 21, before the facility opens, we’re going to give members of the community the opportunity to stop by and get to know the new center with an open house and tours.  And we’ll have some light refreshments.

Here are the details:
What:  An Open House for the Community
Time:  5 to 7 p.m.
Date:  Thursday, October 21, 2010
Where: VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 214 W. Houston St.

I think when you visit you’ll be amazed at the modern surroundings, and at how patient-friendly and patient-oriented our new Center is.

VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center replaces the aging Village Nursing Home, an iconic institution that has well-served our community as a mission-driven, not-for-profit residential long-term care facility for more than three decades.

I know that so many of you downtown are familiar with Village Nursing Home, and have been appreciative of the important role it has played in helping individuals and their families when they have been faced with a care crisis.

The many thanks that we have received, both as an organization and as individual staff members, has been testament to your respect for what we’ve sought to accomplish over the many years of operation of Village Nursing Home.

Soon, we’ll be closing that chapter in VillageCare’s life when we move out of the old historical structure at 607 Hudson St. and move into the modern, new surroundings that are now being finished up at 214 W. Houston St.

How we got to this point started just a few short years ago, when it came time for us to consider the need to build a new nursing home.  At VillageCare, we approached the task from the perspective of ways we could go about not just constructing a bricks and mortar replacement, but we sought to look at ways to reform and reconfigure the overall delivery of long-term care and chronic care services

We wanted to find ways to give our community the best care we could, in the settings that are most appropriate for each individual we serve.

The goal we have pursued has been to offer older adults the opportunity to continue to live at home, or in another independent or supportive setting such as assisted living, and delay or avoid nursing home placement.  As we developed such alternate services, it became clear that the role of our nursing home was changing, and that it could be “downsized” and refocused in purpose.

The new VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center offers the latest in post-hospital care for those who are recovering from a disabling injury, condition or illness, and prepares them to return home.  This reflects the demands today on our skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with greater clinical needs, but who require shorter stays.

The new Center will also offer residential end-of-life and palliative care.

There are other features of this new facility that I’m certain you will welcome.

We’ve gone to considerable lengths to create a new, unique, patient-centered environment.  Residential floors have common areas and “neighborhoods” where families and friends can visit with their loved ones.  Dining areas on each floor have self-serve hospitality food bars and full-service pantries.  The staff has been specially trained to work in non-traditional ways with patients and their families, supported by state-of-the-art medicine and care and by an environment designed to promote healing and well-being.

We’ve integrated a healing bamboo garden as a place for quiet social interaction and contemplation.

I think you’ll find that our new VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will be a welcome asset to the Village and our downtown community, and that it will serve as an important new resource in helping individuals toward recovery, better health and well-being.

Please stop by on October 21 at our open house and see first-hand some of the dramatic changes in care that are now in the offing.

I hope to see you there.

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