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Weekend Visit Turns Into Nine Weeks of Successful Rehab

For Owensboro resident Helen Lovett, a quick visit to her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Vic Speck’s, home in Paducah turned into a nine-week stay after she missed a step and fell on her way into the house.  “When it was time for her to start rehab, we wanted her at Superior Care Home,” Mrs. Speck said. “We’ve always thought that’s the best place to be. Everyone there made our entire family feel very loved, and provided great care.”

Ms. Lovett arrived for short-term rehabilitation, and through working with the rehab staff, graduated from a wheelchair to a walker. During her time at Superior Care Home, Ms. Lovett grew fond of the therapy gym and its staff. She even came up with her own nicknames for several of her regular therapists. “(The therapy gym) is the best place, everyone is laughing but still working,” she said. “It is strenuous some days, but everyone is in good humor.”

On Thanksgiving, her daughter took her back to the home where she fell, with one simple modification to this year’s family feast. “I requested that we eat in the breakfast room, I did not want to go anywhere near the place where I fell,” Ms. Lovett said. The following week, she returned back to her apartment in Owensboro and her lifestyle of “eat, sleep, play bridge until about 11 at night.” 

“Everyone here at Superior Care has been wonderful,” she said. “It’s been an experience that maybe I should put into a novel some day. This has been perfect for what I needed to get back home.” Prior to leaving Superior, she decided to return to her fellow card players unannounced, anticipating that they’d be flabbergasted when they saw her. “I’ll probably cry when I get home, tears of joy,” she said. “Then we’ll play bridge.”

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Two Falls, Two Fractures, Two Rounds of Rehab … and She’s Off to the Races

When people learn that Martha Baker is 92, the reaction is always the same…No! You’ve got to be kidding. A retired middle school math teacher, Martha enjoys life. She is active in her church, the Daughters of The American Revolution, an educational sorority, and enjoys staying in touch with family and friends.

Martha has osteoporosis, which makes her susceptible to fractures. For two consecutive Januaries, she took a tumble, once during her weekly beauty shop visit and once while visiting a neighbor. Two falls, two fractures and two rounds of short-term rehabilitation at Superior Care Home. Her son Woody, lovingly teased her after her second consecutive January fall, saying, “I think Mother just wanted another winter vacation at the spa.”

Martha was a rehab superstar. She worked hard, never losing her resilient spirit, radiant smile and zest for living. Her goal the first time around was to recover by Derby Day. Recover she did, in ample time to be at Churchill Downs to experience first-hand the run for the roses. The second time around, it was to remain fall free and spend the winter of 2011 at home. Mission accomplished.

“Everything was wonderful during both of my stays. I loved the therapists. They made hard work fun. One thing that impressed me about my experience was how the entire staff listened on the rare occasions when little things were not quite right, eager to make me comfortable and content. There just seems to be a spirit of always trying to improve.” Martha remains fall free. Her secret, “I try to pay more attention to my feet!” She recently traveled to Boston for her granddaughter’s MIT graduation and is planning a family reunion. Just like a Kentucky thoroughbred, Martha is agile, spirited, bold and gallops at full speed, never missing an opportunity to live life to its fullest.

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Determination and Independent Spirit Facilitates 92 Year Old’s Recovery and Return Home

A fall at home shortly before the holidays left 92 year old, Hester Guess with an ankle fracture, complicated by lower extremity blood clots. When it was time to leave the hospital, she found herself in unfamiliar territory...she was unable to go home alone and take care of herself. “I have never had to depend upon anyone”, she recalls, “but I took the advice of a trusted physician and came to Superior Care Home. He said it was the only place to go for rehab.”

To say that Hester Guess is a spirited individual is an understatement. She worked diligently with therapists during her 3 month stay. “Everyone was so caring and went out of their way to help me regain my strength. When I came I could not walk. Now I can not only walk again, but can even go up and down steps. There is no place like home, but if you need rehab, this is the ideal situation.”

The morning of her discharge, she was up at 4:00 AM, packed her own things, dressed and was relaxing in the lobby long before it was time to discharge. She was anxious, to say the least, to get home. The first thing on her agenda...go through the house room by room and get rid of “excess stuff”. “When you are 92 and you go through something like this, you begin to realize what is really important. It’s not about the stuff anymore.”

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Reaping the Rewards of Short‐Term Residency and Out‐Patient Therapy

As Betty Hicks walked across the parking lot to visit her doctor for a sinus infection, she never expected to end up in the hospital with a broken humerus. It was an unexpected fall. Accidents happen. In an instant, life as she knew it, changed.

“I was helpless when I had to leave the hospital.” Upon recommendation of her physician, Ms. Hicks admitted to Superior Care Home’s short‐term rehab program and spent approximately two months receiving physical and occupational therapies with 24/7 nursing care and assistance.

“Whenever I needed assistance, the entire staff was so kind and eager to help. I am so thankful for the therapy and being able to do things for myself again. When it was time to go home, I needed outpatient therapy to complete my full recovery. There was no doubt that I would come back to Superior Care Home to continue rehab. I knew the therapists and the therapists knew me and exactly what I needed.” After a month of outpatient treatment, Betty has resumed a full and active lifestyle. She often drops in to say hello and check on the friends she made during her Superior Care Home stay.

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Charlotte Riedfort, RN

Charlotte Riedfort, RN, has served Superior Care Home residents for 12 years. She has worn many hats, working as a SRNA, and then as an RN in direct care, as a MDS nurse and now as an Assistant to the Director of Nursing, with primary responsibilities as our wound care specialist. Charlotte, an avid reader in her free time, is married to husband, Jeff, and has two children, Hayden, a high school junior, and Bradley, who recently joined the Army National Guard Military Police.

“Working at Superior Care Home is a blessing. Being a part of our residents’ lives and contributing to their comfort, happiness and quality of life gives me a great deal of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when I walk out the door each day. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a facility where quality care is the bottom line and with co-workers who take their jobs and responsibility seriously. It is this foundation that allows me to be the nurse I want to be.”

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Debbie Ramsey, LPN

Debbie Ramsey, LPN, began her career as a Superior Care Home nursing assistant after graduating from high school nineteen years ago. Not unlike many new, young employees, her priority at that time was gaining experience to build her résumé. Quickly, she discovered a love of working with the elderly and a desire to continue her nursing education. While working as a nursing assistant, she enrolled in nursing school and received her LPN license. Married to husband John, also an LPN at Superior Care Home, Debbie is a loving mom to her 6-year-old son, Harrison.

When asked why she has a passion for skilled nursing care, Debbie thoughtfully says, “I love the residents and everything they have to give. Each day, by listening to their stories and their advice, they teach me valuable life lessons. When it comes to nursing, you can’t just do it for the money. To be a good nurse, you have to truly care and relate to people.”

After 19 years Debbie would never consider working anywhere but Superior Care Home. “We are the best staffed and offer the best care of any facility in this area. I work beside great co-workers. I love the elderly. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

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Teresa Nance, SRNA

Teresa Nance, SRNA, has served Superior Care Home as a nursing assistant for 24 years. When she came for her job interview, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. There was an opening for a nursing assistant, and she agreed to give it a try. (At that time, state registration wasn’t required.) She fondly remembers that on her second day, she knew this was her calling.

Since that time, Teresa has earned her state registration and is certified as a nursing assistant preceptor. Throughout the course of her career, she has been recognized as Employee of the Month, selected as Employee of the Year and honored with our facility Leadership Award in 2007. Teresa was the recipient of The KAHCF Western District Nursing Assistant Professional Achievement Award in 2008. She has earned the respect and trust of residents, families and co-workers. Her care is characterized by a strong work ethic, teamwork, commitment to giving her best and an attitude of service.

“I love helping people … it’s who I am. It’s my calling. Knowing that I have a part in making our residents happy and being there when I’m needed is rewarding to me.” When asked what makes for a great nursing assistant, she responds, “It takes a love of people, compassion, respect for residents and their families, and patience.”