Monday, December 2, 2013

Providence Place helps patient recuperate and return home

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Charlene Sargent is an active, independent woman who lives on her own in Senior Living of Bonner Springs. But when she fell a few weeks ago during a trip to the Kansas City Zoo, she ended up in the Providence Medical Center Emergency Services Department, then was admitted to the hospital for sciatic nerve pain.

Though she felt better after a few days in the hospital for treatment, doctors didn’t think she was quite ready to go home yet. “I needed a lot more physical therapy to rehabilitate the injury,” the 72-year-old woman says. “I couldn’t go to my daughter’s home because she has stairs, and there was no way I could go up and down them.”

Fortunately, she was an excellent candidate for Providence Place, a 69-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitative care center located on the hospital’s campus at 8909 Parallel Parkway. Providence Place offers skilled and intermediate-level care to meet patients’ needs for short-term (less than 30 days) or long-term stays.

Sargent has been able to continue her rehabilitation at Providence Place, participating in sessions twice each day. “I can definitely tell that I’m improving,” she says. In fact, about two-thirds of the patients at Providence Place are there for rehabilitation from falls, stroke, fractures, surgery or extended hospital stays. The facility offers physical, occupational and speech therapies, along with IV therapies, tube feeding, specialized nutrition, diabetes care, pain management, wound and post-operative care, new catheter and ostomy care, respiratory therapy and sub-acute rehabilitation/nursing care.

Providence Place offers its patients a home-like atmosphere where the focus is on the individual.

“At Providence Place, we have embraced the transformation in older adult services,” says Mike Warren, Providence Place administrator. “We respect our residents’ choices. For example, the strict medical regimen of the past is gone. Residents can eat when they like, take part in the activities they enjoy and rest when they want, just like at home. They can express their choices. This leads to better outcomes and an improved quality of life for our residents.”

Other Providence Place services include onsite dental care, podiatry care, beauty/barber services, hospice care, geriatric-psychiatric evaluation, laboratory, X-ray and cardiology services through the hospital, social services, activities and spiritual care.

Sargent has found her stay at Providence Place a lifesaver. “This was a really good option for me while I recovered from my fall,” she says. “Mike is very caring. I feel very comfortable under his guardianship. All of the staff members who work here have just been exceptional,” she adds. “I would highly recommend Providence Place for anyone who needs extended medical care. I just don’t know what I would have done without it.”

Now with three weeks of physical therapy under her belt, Sargent is on her way back to her Bonner Springs home. “I love to go to the movies, shop and have continued to work part time,” she says. “I hope now that I am home again, I can return to my normal routine.”

Providence Place is a part of Prime Healthcare Services. The skilled nursing and rehabilitative care center has two wings dedicated to short-term patient stays. Most of these patients are discharged to their homes, assisted living or other long-term care facilities.

There is also one wing dedicated to caring for individuals who choose to make Providence Place their home.

Providence Place accepts Medicare and Medicaid for payment, as well as private insurance plans. For more information about Providence Place, call Mike Warren at 913-596-4200.