Evansville Manor: Skilled Healthcare & Rehabilitation

From the Administrator

February 2017

A whole month of the New Year has already passed. NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, predicted the winter would be colder than normal in our area and warmer in the south. That has held true, at least until I started to write this article and then it warmed up. It will change shortly, but we're already on the downside of winter. After all, the days will be getting warmer, AND Ground Hog's Day is upon us.

By the time you read this, my wife, along with Bonnie Martin & Cheryl Lorenz, will have had their birthdays on January 30th (undoubtedly a national holiday), as did Barbara Buttchen and Debbie Schneider, also both in January. So, no doubt this really is the start of a new year. To celebrate her birthday, late, and our grandson's birthday, a little early, my wife and I will go to Florida for about a week in mid-month and join him, along with his dad (our son) and mother, with some time at Disney World (I think my wife enjoys the place more than any of us).

AND I almost forgot to mention, speaking of a new year (perhaps a new era), we now have a new President and Administration. No matter your preference, judging from all that is said, and everyone seems to be saying something, this could be very interesting to watch.

Prior to the exit of the current administration, many new regulations were implemented for skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) that are quite extensive, and will be very costly. So it is expected these will keep us very busy for an extended period of time. Many of the new Medicare reimbursement rules are designed to lessen the coverage of time (and associated costs) of rehabilitation within these facilities. Already, Medicare Advantage Replacement policies are providing less coverage, with higher deductibles and coinsurance, to reduce Medicare government funding for such coverage.

As I have done previously, I want to remind everyone to be sure and get influenza vaccinated, especially prior to visiting our residents, and also especially for children. Anyone exhibiting respiratory distress symptoms, or if in contact with those who are, should refrain from visiting. If anything is questionable, or if someone has not been vaccinated for any reason, they should mask, covering both the mouth and nose, when in the building. The Wisconsin Division of Health advises that influenza has increased in the area, especially for those over age 65.

It should also be noted that any gastrointestinal distress symptoms (often called stomach flu) should also be addressed in the same above manner as indicated for influenza. AND "ALWAYS WASH THOSE HANDS"!

As has been suggested previously, we are including a listing of the employees who will celebrate Evansville Manor employment dates during this coming month. We, therefore, want to acknowledge all of those employees accordingly and you will find the current month's personnel in the attached.  Congratulations to all. We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to us and our residents.

Have a great month and remember March, the coming of spring, will be here soon as there are only 28 days.