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If you or a loved one wants to overcome a physical loss due to a traumatic event such as surgery, an accident or a stroke, Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center in Brimfield is the place for you.
The Center provides post-acute rehabilitation under the supervision of nursing experts in a friendly, clean, and compassionate setting. Such care restores and heals. It speeds the patient toward recovery of functions that may have been lost or impaired because of a traumatic event. In addition to physical therapy, services include speech therapy and occupational therapy. Those who've experienced a stroke, have multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord damage may benefit.
Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center also provides long-term, skilled nursing care in a relaxed setting for those who cannot return home without 24 hour supervised care.
The facility boasts a record of having a perfect nursing survey from the Ohio Department of Health two years in a row. "Our team works very hard to provide excellence in care to all patients," Erin Fromwiller, the Administrator said. "This dedication is reflected in survey results, family satisfaction and national awards."
The American Health Care Association has recognized Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center with the Silver Award –"Achievement in Quality", and recently applied for the Gold Award- "Excellence in Quality" for leadership planning, and customer and staff satisfaction.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year gave Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center a 5-Star rating. U.S. News and World Reports ranks it as one of the Best Nursing Care Centers nationally.
The Center operates in a nearly 50,000 square foot, one-story building, built in 2008, on a six-acre parcel off of Tallmadge Road less than a mile east of State Route 43.
It is a 79-bed operation of private and semi-private rooms. Each room has its own bathroom, television, built-in closet space, and windows with views of well-maintained, landscaped lawns. The rooms and the connecting hallway are immaculately clean and decorated to feel like home.
The larger wing, on the east side, has 43 beds. It is dedicated for patients requiring short-term rehabilitation. The average length of stay is 19 days.
The smaller wing with 36 beds is for patients with disabilities from which recovery is more complicated.
Both sides have attractive dining rooms where patients can interact. The menu compares favorably with reputable area restaurants.
Care at Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center is overseen by Dr. Hugh O'Neill, Director of Clinical Services, a Family Medicine practitioner, and Dr. William Kedia, Medical Director, also a Family Medicine practitioner. Under their direction, each patient receives an individualized health-care plan to ensure maximum recovery and satisfaction.
"We strive to be the preferred medical provider and preferred employer in the area," Fromwiller said. She notes that nurse turnover is rare and that many employees have been with the company at least five years. "This benefits long-term patients because the familiarity adds to the comfort they feel" she said.
Nanci Ramsell, the Admissions Coordinator, who has been with Altercare for nearly 20 years touts the family atmosphere that employees' sense.
Altercare is a family-owned and consists of 19 Centers in Ohio, with a new Center soon to open in Stow, plus a Center in Michigan. "Despite the size, members of the Schroer family, the owners and founders of Altercare, know many employees on a first name basis," Ramsell said. "How many companies our size can say that?"
The units within the Altercare system have their own specialties such as: post-acute rehabilitation, specialized dementia care, assisted living and independent living. The one in Brimfield is dedicated to post-acute rehabilitation to transition patients back to their homes.
Well-supervised rehabilitation rooms are equipped with treadmills, a recumbent bicycle, step machines, and weights for supervised training. Communication devices help patients overcome barriers.
In addition to the skilled nursing care, spiritual counseling is available.
Services include 24 hours a day clinical nursing care, individualized care planning, a special equipped therapeutic bathing facility, regularly scheduled social activities, restaurant-style dining with menu choice and personal laundry services.