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Providence Healthcare has compiled skilled nursing news and resources from our records, local media, and team members. This is your official source for news, announcements, and information from Providence Health Care.
Unless you work in health care or have a loved one currently in a rehab community, you probably aren’t familiar with something called the COVID 3-Day Waiver. It has a much fancier name according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, but for simplicity’s sake, it is the 3-Day Waiver. This waiver was put in place as hospitals began to reach capacity during peak COVID times. It is intended to prevent the hospitals from being overwhelmed and limit the chances of COVID exposures for high-risk patients.
At PHC we considered ourselves very lucky for a long time. In the early months of the pandemic, we watched many neighboring facilities be overwhelmed with outbreaks of COVID. Whereas at PHC, we did not see much of a large-scale outbreak until January of 2021, nearly 11 months into the mess of COVID…. things are starting to look more positive as our COVID Unit has finally been dismantled, and a slight sense of normalcy is returning.
I just finished receiving my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Let me fill you in on a little secret: I absolutely hate needles. As in hate needles to the point of near tears, sweaty palms, and obnoxious shaking. But here I am, dealing with my fears to get a vaccine that may or may not make a difference for my residents. I am a health care worker and that is what we do.
Hoosiers living and working in long-term care facilities have been receiving vaccines for a couple of weeks now. This continued on Tuesday at Providence Health Care in Vigo County. The facility began its first round of vaccines for staff and residents.
Providence Health Care says the vaccine brings hope to get back to life as we knew it before the pandemic.
Now is the time to begin understanding Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. We are currently in the middle of Medicare’s annual open enrollment period. This year the period is from October 15- December 7th. If you are like me, insurance is just too much. It is so complicated, and I feel like no matter what I do I end up spending a ton of money!
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier this year that long-term care facilites in the state were in desperate need of help. That’s why they’ve deployed thousands of national guardsmen to long-term care facilities across Indiana, including two guard members to Providence Health Care. These two guard members are able to help with areas such as temperature screenings, data entry, and infection control. Areas that with their help, free up PHC team members to focus attention on patient care.
The Tribune Star announced the results for their 11th annual Readers’ Choice Awards competition in May. It was announced that for the second year in a row, Providence Health Care was named the “Best Nursing Home.”
U.S. News & World Report has release their 2020-2021 annual Nursing Home Rankings. This is the first year they have ranked both short-term and long-term care. Providence Health Care recieved “high performing” rankings in both categories. Only 21% of Nursing Homes across the country recieved one badge.
Those who come to live in our Respiratory Community become like family. Some stay for a short time, while others live out the duration of their lives with us…Each and every patient that enters our doors is a person, with their own individual needs, and each and every patient that leaves our community leaves with their own story.
A few months ago, COVID-19 and Quarantine were terms that meant nothing to the average person. Now these words, and the guidelines that go with them, are all too familiar. As a healthcare worker in a long-term care facility, COVID has been so much more than an inconvenience beyond, ‘when I will be able to go to the grocery store.’
Each year Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank challenges the Wabash Valley to help fight hunger in the community. The Friday before Thanksgiving, Providence Health Care joined with Catholic Charities to raise awareness about hunger and raise funds to feed some of the people living in the Wabash Valley who don’t have enough nutritous food to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can watch the full news story on WTHI-TV.com.
U.S. News & World Report has released their annual Nursing Home rankings, and a local rehab facility is topping the list. Providence Health Care, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, has ranked “high performing” in the health care category of Short-Term Rehabilitation.
WTWO anchor, Hazelmarie, spoke with Providence Health Care Assistant Director of Nursing, Lydia Alumbaugh, RN, CDP, about the positive strives that the facility is making towards helping patients with cognitive brain change live better quality of life. Visit WTWO to view the full video interview.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this form of dementia affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of memory loss worldwide.
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