Mount Vernon, NY (PRWEB) October 24, 2013
Wartburg, one of Westchester’s largest senior services providers, today opened a striking, $31-million new building that houses a progressive “patient-centered” rehabilitation center and the region’s only adult day services center that is open seven days a week. The modern, three-story, 70,200 square foot structure is sited on Wartburg’s 34-acre campus.
“We are overjoyed to open this handsomely designed building that allows us to expand and enhance our established programs in rehabilitation and day services,” said David Gentner, president and CEO of Wartburg. “This important opening represents yet another strategic milestone in our goal to set the standard as the region’s leader in providing high quality, comprehensive services for our aging population.”
The two-story, sub-acute inpatient rehabilitation facility is designed to be “patient-centered” by being split into four small “neighborhoods,” each with 12 or 13 well appointed, private bedrooms. There are a total of 50 private patient rooms, each with a private bathroom and shower. Each neighborhood has a common lounge area with a spacious living room, dining space and country kitchen. The central area on the second floor houses two large, light-filled rehabilitation suites equipped with state-of-the art rehab equipment.
”This new rehabilitation center provides patients privacy and a full range of progressive therapeutic options which promote getting back home safely and quickly,” said Paula Ress, administrator of the new center.
Recuperating stroke, heart and surgery patients benefit from individually tailored treatment plans that are developed by a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team of caregivers including: on-site physicians; skilled nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; a pain management specialist; a respiratory therapist; social workers; dietitians and spiritual care specialists.
Simulated Apartment Helps Recuperating Patients
The most unique therapeutic feature of the new center is a real-life training apartment -- complete with kitchen, dining and living area, bedroom and bathroom – where recuperating patients can re-learn functional living skills before leaving the facility and returning home.
“This new center of excellence will allow us to improve clinical outcomes, and continue providing the highest quality nursing care. We will improve patient care and satisfaction through best practices, patient expectations and tailoring clinical services to meet individual needs,” said Paulette Watson, RN, director of nursing.
“I frequently hear about the positive experiences local residents have had in our rehabilitation program. The real estate and planning team has worked diligently to provide fantastic new facilities that match the high level of service our staff has been providing to earn this reputation,” said Ryan Herchenroether, director of planning at Wartburg.
Day Services Center
Wartburg’s new adult day services center offers both medical and social models of care and is open 7 days a week, which is unique in Westchester. The social model provides socialization and opportunities for meaningful activities for seniors, while the medical program is designed for those who need nursing or therapy interventions and medication administration; including those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, physical disabilities or who are recovering from illness.
The day services center offers round trip transportation and a full spectrum of services including on-site psychological, podiatry and pain management services; dementia-specific care; an award-winning Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning Program; spiritual care, live entertainment, community trips, and personal grooming services, including a whirlpool bath and full beauty salon.
Activity and dining areas were designed with 16-foot high ceilings and large windows that provide an abundance of natural light. There are designated treatment rooms, general activity rooms, a quieter sensory room, physical therapy space and an outdoor patio complete with a shaded trellis. The adult day services center also has a new drop-off drive that accommodates ambulettes, mini-busses and other vehicles.
Wartburg is an award-winning provider of comprehensive senior services, including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and hospice care. Its 34-acre campus in Mount Vernon serves seniors and their families in southern Westchester and the northern Bronx. Wartburg’s nursing home has been recognized by “U. S. News & World Report” as among the best nursing homes in New York State.