New orthopedic rehabilitation wing opens at Alden Nelson Debes

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117390000225965.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘Rockford Realtor Venera Paschal, 74, recently developed knee complications that required joint replacement surgery and follow-up physical rehabilitation. Paschal knew where she was going to have her surgery—but needed to identify a quality rehabilitation and health care center after she left the hospital. Being proactive in her health care, she researched area rehabilitiation and health care centers and scheduled a tour at Alden Nelson Debes Subacute Health Care Center in Rockford, where a newly-dedicated orthopedic wing recently opened. She was so impressed with the rehabilitation center’s amenities and friendly staff that she pre-registered and reserved a room on the spot. ‘);

Like millions of older adults, retired Rockford realtor Venera Paschal, 74, developed knee complications that required joint replacement surgery and follow-up physical rehabilitation. Paschal knew where she was going to have her surgery—but she needed to identify a quality rehabilitation and health care center after she left the hospital.

Being proactive in her health care, she researched area rehabilitation and health care centers and scheduled a tour at Alden Nelson Debes Subacute Health Care Center in Rockford, where a newly-dedicated orthopedic wing recently opened. She was so impressed with the rehabilitation center’s amenities and friendly staff that she pre-registered and reserved a room on the spot.

The orthopedic wing at Alden Nelson Debes offers top-quality medical and therapy services as well as hotel-like amenities­. Free wireless Internet access (WiFi) is available throughout the rehabilitation center, meals are served in a spacious dining room, and private rooms are equipped with electric beds, satellite television and bedside telephones.

“With this newly-dedicated wing, rehab patients can now request to stay in a private room and enjoy many of the comforts of home,” says Greg Nienaber, regional director, Alden Nelson Debes Subacute Health Care Center. “We are very pleased to offer these top-quality post-hospital health care services to the community.”

The newly-decorated private rooms provide patients with a more comfortable space to enjoy visiting with family and friends while recovering and rehabilitating from surgery. “My room was decorated beautifully, and the nurses and therapists were very accommodating,” says Paschal. “The staff even made arrangements for my grandson, Braxton, to stay overnight with me in my room the day after I was admitted.”

Paschal typically sees Braxton Monday through Friday before and after school. A fourth grader at Faith Tabernacle Christian School in Rockford, he jumped at the chance to spend a night on the sleeper sofa in his grandmother’s room at Alden Nelson Debes. “It was really cool,” Braxton says. “It felt like staying in a hotel!”

After Braxton’s mom and dad dropped him off at Alden Nelson Debes Friday night, he did knee exercises with his grandmother and watched a basketball game on television. “My mom was supposed to pick me up early on Saturday, but when I woke up the next morning, a nurse was bringing us breakfast in bed,” says Braxton. “I called my mom and asked her to come after lunch,” he grinned.

A week after Braxton’s overnight visit, Paschal was ready to return home. “I completed physical therapy twice a day, and now I can get in and out of bed without help,” she says. “I was determined to regain my strength after undergoing knee surgery and am stronger than I was before my procedure. I feel like I have climbed Mount Everest!”

Alden Nelson Debes Subacute Health Care Center, adjacent to Alden Alma Nelson Manor, is part of The Alden Network of senior services. The network is composed of more than 30 residential, rehabilitation and health care centers, home health, pharmacy and durable medical equipment services.

from the March 14-20, 2007, issue

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