published: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Local skilled nursing facility receives second 5-star rating
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
SEBRING -- They were arranaged in a circle alternating elderly and young, ready to play a round of circle soccer. The participants were wheelchair-bound residents at the Kenilworth Care & Rehabition Center and pre-K students from the Busy Kids Creative Learning Center.
The object of the game was to kick two balls among each other.
The 4- and 5-year-old students had never visited before, or played the game. In the beginning many were shy. It didn't take long, however, for everyone to get into the action. The balls rolled and bounced to and fro.
Active interaction like this is a regular part of the Kenilworth's day, said Luis Rodriguez, director of avtivities.
"We bring them together regularly. The kids do things with them like arts and crafts and coloring. They come to trick or treat on Halloween." He added that older students often built relationships and listened to the tales the elderly told.
Partly because of programs like that, Kenilworth recently received five stars, the federal government's highest rating for skilled nursing facilities. Kenilworth had already been rated five stars by the state.
Schyler Scott, the marketing director, told the News-Sun both of these honors are uncommon given the high standards required. She added that skilled nursing facilties are highly regulated and inspected regularly. The rating is determined by the results of those inspections.
Facilities are expected to meet or exceed a list of positive outcomes-- tracking the number of falls for example, and maintaining the staff to patient ratio.
Michael Rivera, who has been Kenilworth's director for just a year, said "We're trying to take the facilty to the next level."
Kenilworth also provides physical and occupational therapy for those recovering from surgery, an injury or a stroke.
On Friday Jim LeVangie, bringing his right knee back after three surgeries, worked going up and up down stairs. "It can't be torture," he grinned as he slowly stepped up and down. "I have a goal."
Having experienced rehabilitation at another facility, LeVangie spoke with conviction. "I can tell you they are far beyond what you would expect.
"They not only treat physical problems, but the mental ones too.
"There was one lady who was very upset. They brought her a doll and the difference was dramatic. I call that above and beyond."
The center is at 3011 Kenilworth Blvd. The phone number is 382-2153.
Not a 5 star...should be 1 star (by: Diane Thibodeau - 9/18/2012)
Read your story while mourning the loss of a friend due to the neglect and medical errors that occured while she as at this facility. Had prior experience with the facility with my father. Had to threaten a nurse as to what would occur if my father died because they were waiting to have a CT done from Thurs to the following Tues. He was filling up with fluid. She finally called the Dr and at the ER he was found to have CHF and pnuemonia...but they were going to wait 4 days...he would've died. Because of the loss of my friend and your article I did research on how these stars are given and this tells it best.
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