Evansville Manor: Skilled Healthcare & Rehabilitation

From the Administrator

July 2016

July, already?  And, are you ready for the 4th of July parade?  It will form at 5th St. & Garfield, virtually in front of the Evansville Manor and will move through our front parking lot, probably 9:00-10:00 A.M., so that all of our residents will have a great view (& no rain).  Visitors and families should be sure to park elsewhere that morning so that viewing is not inhibited.

And, almost immediately following the end of July, Karen Berger & Diana Crans advise that the date for our "Annual Brat/Hot Dog Cookout" is Wednesday, August 3rd.  Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and plan now to save that day as we always have a great time with great entertainment.

Another "save the date" item for you is "Game Day", an open house celebration of the Manor and Heights, together, on Sunday, September 11th.  This is an away game day for the Green Bay Packers and we intend to have TV viewing during the event.  I don't have more information at this point as Jenny Schmidt at the Heights and Bonnie Martin here at the Manor are still "concocting" their plans for our mutual event.  Hope we can have a good turnout for this (and good weather).

As many of you know, skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) must be surveyed (inspected) for compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as for Medicare & Medicaid Certifications, on an approximately annual basis.  As it is intended that we can have no expectation of when such surveys occur, the unannounced surveys are scheduled by regulators for 9-15 months after the previous survey.  However, sometimes they incur "off cycle", weekends, holidays, off hours, etc., just to be more random and surprising for the facility staff.

The reason I share this survey information with you is because it has now been more than 9 months since our last survey and I want to give everyone a "heads up" that we are now in that "survey window" where we can most certainly expect surveyors during these next six months.  When a survey occurs, for about a week, with a number of surveyors, it is very disruptive for staff, but also sometimes for residents and families with whom they wish to interview and discuss matters.  Sometimes residents and families become uncomfortable as much of this is conducted in an investigatory manner.

My purpose is to "set your mind at ease".  Although, we don't always agree with the findings, or especially the seriousness of them, our experience is normally quite positive, although it's very rare when nothing is cited during the survey process.  Please feel free to discuss cares and concerns with us, of course, but also with the surveyors, including compliments we hope.  If you have any questions or concerns during the survey process please be sure and let me know.

Enjoy the summer season and have a great Fourth.