On #ValentinesDay, a little Valentine cherub flew in and made an appearance to help deliver Valentine Grams to all the Lodgers at MediLodge of Port Huron. 💟
Brynn is the little daughter of Kellie the therapy manager. She is almost 2 years old and she was a bundle of joy running up to everyone with a flower or popcorn in her hand! She loved pushing the cart around and even told them “I love you” and “Happy Valentine’s day” in that cute 2-year-old lingo. She certainly melted hearts and filled them all at the same time. Thank you to Kellie and Alex for letting little Brynn brighten this Valentine’s day at MediLodge of Port Huron.
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Ron E., a recent therapy graduate, came to us with a broken femur 3 weeks after suffering a previous broken femur on his other leg from slipping on ice over the winter. While trying to rehabilitate at home, he had passed out and fell breaking his other leg. After surgery, he found himself needing the skilled nursing services that the MediLodge of Port Huron Wellness Center could provide.
For a gentleman who was used to doing everything himself, it was hard to have to rely on strangers to help him with every day activities. However, Ron and his family were greeted with warm, friendly faces and encouraged to participate however they were comfortable. “We really liked the freedom that MediLodge of Port Huron gave us to help take care of him”, his daughter stated. Having his family able to be there and help, made Ron feel better about his recovery. They really got to know many of the staff and appreciated how helpful they were. The everyday care helped them learn how to assist Ron when he returned home, it helped the whole family to be on the same page.
Even though Ron and his family were busy with therapy, they were able to participate with some of the many activities offered. “We really enjoyed getting to know the other people and Lodgers here, everyone was so friendly” Ron says. “We made Easter Eggs, listened to music and made hats. Ron explains “At first, it was painful just to move my legs a little, but after just 7 weeks, I can now walk around the whole building on my own.” The staff really proud of Ron’s progress as well. We enjoyed having Ron as a Lodger. “He is always smiling and joking and willing to work hard to get back home. It’s nice to see him come so far” states Jessica Jones, Marketing Director. “I think Ron now has the skills to go home and continue his therapy safely and with the knowledge of how to help him get healthy and strong again.”
Ron also had compliments about the food. The food was really good and they even made special arrangements to accommodate his preferences. Ron’s wife and daughter often ate meals with him and commented “they sure give you plenty of food and it we especially liked the beef tips and burgers. They even found us ice cream when we requested it.”
Ron really grew to become part of the MediLodge team and we will miss him. Congratulations, Ron, for getting back on your feet and on the road to recovery!
This is MY Life
Shirley S. is one of the latest therapy graduates of MediLodge of Port Huron. Shirley had stayed at a different skilled nursing center in the past. When she slipped and fell on black ice this winter, she found herself needing short-term nursing and therapy to recover from a fractured femur. She returned to her last center only to be disappointed with the inflexible schedule and lack of private rooms. She then took it upon herself to switch centers.
Shirley came to us looking for private rooms, flexible scheduling, top notch custom therapy, and personal respect. That is exactly what she found at MediLodge of Port Huron. Shirley says “I am not a sit around type of person. Other places are not flexible with their hours and respecting my personal decisions, but I love that I am allowed to plan my own life here”. The new private short-term suites allowed Shirley to continue her many social and personal activities such as church meetings with ease. She appreciated that she could participate in fun events throughout the building, or just relax and enjoy some quiet time and make a call to a loved one “This is the cleanest place I have been to and every one of the therapists are all really great. They have the best nurses’ aides here as well; they treat me as if this is my home.” Shirley also gave compliments to the kitchen staff and chef “The food is really good here too. They have the best bacon I have ever had and I need to get the recipe so I can make it at home!”
As you can see, Shirley has a passion for life and she loves to be the captain of her ship. At MediLodge of Port Huron, she felt that she could continue living her life as she wanted and was also able to take full advantage of the high quality nursing, therapy and food services to help her Recover, Rejuvenate, Revitalize and Return Home.
Out of the Well
Nancy B. came to MediLodge of Port Huron at a low time in her life. She had undergone a knee replacement that ended up getting infected. Seven operations later, she was doing all she could to keep her hope alive to save her leg. Nancy was depressed, discouraged and afraid. She felt trapped in a deep well of darkness.
When she came to MediLodge of Port Huron, she felt like she entered a 4 star hotel. The staff was very welcoming and friendly, the place was clean and beautiful. “This center is the cleanest, nicest and best service I have ever received.” Her private room was a haven for healing. However, she still could not wait to get home. She was eager to start therapy so that she could get her strength back. But then another setback… yet another surgery. At this point she was on her last thread of hope. She was afraid that she could possibly lose her leg altogether. This is where staff stepped in to encourage her, pray with her and help her stay positive. Family and friends came from all over to visit with her and help lift her spirits. With everyone’s’ help, she faced her surgery bravely, ready to accept whatever God had in mind for her. She would find out if the surgery was successful at her follow-up appointment.
She was finally able to start her therapy. During her time of waiting, Nancy began to talk with other lodgers in the building and make friendships there as well. She encouraged others as they also encouraged her. She got stronger. “I can feel God walking by my side during all of this”, she declared. When staff visited Nancy in her room, she now had a smile on her face instead of tears in her eyes. She radiated a sense of victory instead of loss. She was climbing out of that dark well. After much hard work and growing determination, Nancy was finally able to stand up and transfer herself on her own! This was a huge milestone for someone who was very close to losing her leg.
At her follow-up appointment, the news was good…the infections were gone, her wounds were healing nicely and her heart was filled with joy again! Nancy exclaimed, “The amount of support, encouragement and friendship I received from everyone here was wonderful. I would recommend for anybody to come to MediLodge of Port Huron for top quality care and emotional support…I think they perform miracles here. “Nancy was finally able to go home to finish up her recuperation. She has decided that after she has fully healed, she would like to come back to MediLodge of Port Huron and become a volunteer helping to encourage and lift up others as they have done for her. Congratulations, Nancy, we are proud to watch you stand tall in victory on higher ground!
I would just like to say that I had a wonderful stay at MediLodge of Port Huron. All the staff very just wonderful! I can see why MediLodge of Port Huron is a 5 star facility. A special shout out to Joann ( C.N.A.), she is phenomenal!!
Timothy B. was more than happy to come back to MediLodge of Port Huron when he found himself in need of therapy after recovering from a stroke. Mr. B. had a great experience last time and felt very comfortable returning. Timothy had some pretty ambitious goals to develop his strength and tolerance on a more aggressive schedule so that he could attend an important event in just a few weeks. He worked well with therapy staff to push himself in a safe and managed pace. “I would push myself and do more than was required, but the staff would supervise me and make sure I wasn’t hurting myself either”. This time at MediLodge, he has been able to recover quicker and with more strength than before.
Timothy enjoyed the comfortable room and really valued his privacy. He appreciated the free WiFi so he could use his computer and phone without any issues. Although he did not take part in the many social opportunities offered at MediLodge of Port Huron, he took advantage of the time to work on his hobby of detailed model figurines.
Everything was attended to in a comfortable and acceptable way, says Timothy. “I even got hooked on the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I appreciated the flexibility in the meals and the staff would even accommodate an occasional late night snack. Food was delicious and on time.” Overall, Timothy will be attending his event on time and stronger than ever, thanks to his dedication and the caring staff at MediLodge of Port Huron.
Mamietta B. Feels Good! After having knee surgery and coming to MediLodge of Port Huron for Short Term therapy, she is leaving using a walker and feels stronger and more confident than ever before! In just 11 days, this transformation has lifted her spirits and motivated her in such a positive way. Mamietta declares “The therapy department is just fabulous. They don’t let you baby yourself. The staff is awesome, especially Ruthie and Nicole and Danielle who were assigned to me. I would not have been motivated to do the things they helped me to do and the staff was just so positive and believed in me. That helped me believe in myself and get excited to go home with confidence.” Mamietta explained how attentive and caring the staff was and that she felt safe and secure here. The food was good and she had no complaints. She loved the bedside manner of the staff. They were so courteous and caring, it really made a difference. She especially liked how neat and clean the place is. “That means something when people take care of things and have pride in their workplace”, she says. Mamietta plans to continue to recover at home doing the exercises and stretches she was taught and wants to come in without her walker later to MediLodge and personally thank everyone who helped her. She wants to let everyone know that she …FEELS GOOD!
Jerry Corwin Write Up
Jerry Corwin has been a CNA with MediLodge and its predecessor the Evangelical Home since 1985. He brings compassion and hard work to so many during the midnight shift. His residents proclaim that he is “the best”. They describe his attentiveness such as making sure that Pat B. has her socks on when she needs to go to the bathroom so she doesn’t slip and fall. He thinks nothing of getting coffee for a resident on his way out of the building. He answers call lights quick as lightning and makes his patients feel so secure and cared for. He is a valuable asset to MediLodge and the staff and residents. Pat B. and Dorothy P. wish that he could train all the aids right from the beginning to show them all how to be great.
Two residents share their gratitude toward Jerry:
“Jerry, Thank you for all the wonderful things that you do. You are a wonderful gentleman. Medilodge needs more workers like you. Thank you ever so much. Your reward is waiting for you in Heaven.”
- Pat B.
“Jerry, Thank you for everything that you have done. Your kindness goes so very far. You have been there for me and have been a wonderful listener. You are easy to talk to and can be trusted. You are always kind to everyone and never talk bad about anyone. You never hold anything against anyone here at work. You are such a good person. If you were ever to leave, MediLodge would lose a very good person.”
– Dorothy P.
Darlene D.-Therapy Graduate
Its official, the new Short- Term Therapy Wellness Center at MediLodge of Port Huron is now open. This wing offers a peaceful setting for Lodgers to come Recover, Rejuvenate, Revitalize, and then Return Home. Darlene D. is one of the first Lodgers to stay on the new Short-Term Wellness Center Wing. She described her stay for us: “So far it has been a very good experience. The staff is very nice and helpful. The therapy has been very good to help strengthen my muscles and get me ready for going home. The rooms are spacious, peaceful and beautiful. The TempurpedicÒ mattresses are very comfortable and the food is great too!” She came to MedLlodge on the recommendations of patients of her grandson, who is a dentist in the community. He had asked around and found that many of his patients felt that MediLodge was the place to be. They said that MediLodge takes great care of their patients and that is very important.
Our wellness Center offers
· New Private Suites
· Private European Showers
· TempurpedicÒ Mattresses
· Free Wireless Internet
· On Unit or in room Dining
· Executive Chef Prepared Meals
· Customized Menu Options
· Personal Therapists and Wellness Educator
· Customized Therapy Programs
· Bariatric Recover Rooms
· Acute Observation Suite
· In Room medication Storage
· Electronic Medical Records
Gold Star Care Close To Home
Gerald S. originally came to MediLodge of Port Huron because of the great referrals that his friends and family gave him and the fact it was close to home. His family could come and visit him anytime and he appreciates how inviting our building was. Gerald had fallen at home and needed to get stronger so that he could return home safely. “The therapy staff was wonderful and helped me be motivated to do more than I thought I could”, Gerald states. “The food is good and the staff is terrific”. Gerald’s daughter even described the nursing staff, “They have that human caring touch in all they do. I would watch them tuck staff in and really care for them as people, not just a job.” Gerald and his family felt that he was cared for with dignity and compassion and would recommend MediLodge of Port Huron to anyone who needed short term therapy.
John G. and His Harmonica Harmony
John G. didn’t know what to expect when he came to MediLodge of Port Huron. After Pneumonia and eye surgery, he knew he needed to get his strength back to be able to go home and get to work on his Blue Water Bridge artwork he has all planned out in his head. Although it was very out of his comfort zone to come to a skilled nursing center, he really appreciated how much he was treated like a gentleman and was able to keep his freedom.
John exclaims “The staff was always ‘Johnny- on-the-spot’. The building is always so nice and clean and people really work hard at providing good service.”
Therapy worked great in helping John become stronger and more confident. He felt like he is much more able to return to his assisted living apartment in a safer and healthier way.
John was often caught “serenading” other Lodgers with his harmonica. At the age of 8 or 9, John was given a harmonica as a gift. He always liked music and he would practice and practice until he perfected the skill. “My Old Kentucky Home” was the first song he learned while riding home from school on the bus. If John found out that a person had a birthday coming up or just passed, he would come out and play “Happy Birthday” on his harmonica. “Silent Night” is another of his specialty tunes.
MediLodge of Port Huron will miss the musical moments of John G., but we are all blessed to have had the chance to meet him. John admits that if he ever needs our services again, he would not hesitate to return to us. He really appreciated all the care and smiles that were given so freely by everyone. He went home feeling motivated, positive and full of life and energy.