Long-Term Care; Making Informed Choices

At Regency Nursing Centers, we are all about empowering consumers to make the right choices.

With world-class skilled nursing and rehab centers in New Jersey, there is no reason to fall into the trap of choosing anything less for your loved one.

Back in 2015, I was interviewed by the good folks at the popular consumer healthcare resource website, www.SeniorAdvisor.com regarding this topic.

SeniorAdvisor.com has always been a great friend of Regency Nursing Centers because of our shared commitment to protecting our seniors. They have a deep and abiding appreciation and respect for the type of care we provide. So when they asked me to write an article on this important topic, I was happy to oblige.

That important article can be found HERE.

Long-Term Care in a Post-pandemic world

The fact is, the world is healing, perhaps a bit slowly, but healing nonetheless.

God willing there will be a vaccine for this pandemic in the not too distant future.

In fact, we are extremely proud at Regency Nursing Centers to be COVID-19 free at our centers!

5-Star rated and COVID-19 FREE is a powerful and winning combination.

It’s why people have continued to entrust us with the long-term care placement for their elderly loved ones for all this time.

It’s also why this important topic deserves a refresh.

How Do You Know When the Time is Right?

The reality is that at some point, even the healthiest and most robust senior will likely require some level of assistance outside the home. If your loved one is experiencing ongoing health difficulties or needs assistance with activities of daily living, take a few moments to answer the questions below. If you can answer yes to any of them, the time has probably come to make a decision concerning long-term care.

  • Has your loved one’s advancing age or a chronic health condition resulted in seriously diminished strength and inability to function independently?
  • Has it become increasingly difficult for family members and friends to provide adequate care without regular professional support?
  • Have escalating clinical needs or changes in behavior rendered the current setting for care inadequate or unsafe?

To read more, visit my article published in 2015 on SeniorAdvisor.com right OVER HERE.

The Regency Alliance on Senior Healthcare

As part of our ongoing efforts to educate healthcare consumers, we placed our article on this topic in print form to make available for free downloads!

Click on the cover below to view and download this important pamphlet!

Regency Gardens In Wayne, Best Rehab In NJ

Paula described her recent experience at Regency Gardens as very positive and said the staff was full of kindness and patience. Her goal was “I want to be able to walk out of here when I leave”. She achieved this goal and more.

Regency Gardens in Wayne, an Oasis of Beauty!
Regency Gardens in Wayne, an Oasis of Beauty!

Paula had been hospitalized due to multiple respiratory issues such as emphysema, exacerbation of her chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), atelectasis (collapse of part of her lungs) and pneumonia. After her hospital stay she was not able to return to her home situation, where she had been ambulatory with a rollator and oxygen and received supervision with ADLs (activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing) from her family who lived upstairs. So, Paula came to Regency Gardens to receive subacute rehabilitation therapy services.

Regency Gardens provides patient centered care. Frequent formal/informal meetings are held with the care team to discuss patient plans of care and progress; this kept Paula and her family informed at every step of her recovery.

Regency Gardens also provides interdisciplinary care. Paula was assessed by an internist and by a physiatrist, or doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Nursing managed her medical status, which included respiratory treatments three times each day. The speech language pathologist evaluated her for swallowing, and was able to upgrade her food consistency from puree to regular within four treatments. Physical and occupational therapy focused on maximizing her functional independence so she could reach her stated goal.

When she arrived at Regency Gardens, Paula required 25-50% assistance with functional transfers and ADLs. She could march in place but could not walk as she became light headed. She was short of breath while lying in bed and received oxygen at all times. Physical and occupational therapy closely monitored Paula’s vital signs during her treatments and developed a plan for mobility training which accommodated for these limitations. At the start of therapy, it took 3 minutes for her heart rate and oxygen levels to return to normal following an exercise or activity and this was while she was receiving supplementary oxygen. The need for pacing of activities and frequent rest breaks was critical. She was also trained in controlled breathing, energy conservation, relaxation techniques and postural strategies to maximize her oxygen utilization. She learned how to use compensatory strategies, such as brake extenders, reachers and leg lifters, and graded lower body clothing management. She also learned techniques to improve independence in mobility due to poor body mechanics and limited shoulder range of motion. Four weeks after she began PT and OT, Paula was able to maintain high oxygen levels during heavy work by being attentive to her breathing pattern and implementing frequent rest breaks. Paula continued to make good gains, progressing to light meal preparation, laundry, and climbing stairs. By the time of discharge, and as a result of therapy working in conjunction with Paula’s doctor and physiatrist, Paula was able to go home without needing to use oxygen during ADLs.

As an active participant in her therapy program and discharge planning, Paula felt empowered to transition back into the community in a safe and productive manner. Paula and her family were very pleased with the care she received at Regency Gardens.

Regency Gardens Rehab Team
Regency Gardens Rehab Team

For questions about Regency Gardens, please call the admissions director at 973-790-5800.


Regency Nursing Excels in Key Areas, According To Study

This past April 11, there was a webinar hosted by the American HealthCare association, whereby they identified seven elements which are common to the experience of every satisfied nursing facility customer.

The webinar leaders Stan and Chris Magleby (founder and CEO of Pinnacle quality insight) are no strangers to surveys, having conducted over 500,000 customer satisfaction phone surveys since 1996.

Their findings lend further credence to the growing stellar reputation of the Regency Nursing & Rehab facilities in New Jersey, as being amongst the finest skilled care providers in the country.

The seven identified elements are as follows:

  1. Treat everyone with importance. This encompasses everything from knowing a patient and/or resident’s name, to being genuinely interested in their care plan and welfare. At Regency Nursing facilities in New Jersey, we take exceptional pride in our unsurpassed commitment to the welfare of our patients and residents and we are on a first name basis with every one of them and their extended families.
  2. Explain what you will do, are doing, what you did and what you expect to do. Be proactive about involving the patient in his or her care plan. This includes everything from a Certified Nurse Assistant explaining why she is leaving a pitcher of water in the room, to explaining the more esoteric nuances of the patient’s Medicare coverage benefits.
  3. Exceed expectations. It’s no longer enough to be “good,” Magelby says. Consumers expect to get good care in a clean facility with good food. “We are looking for wow moments,” which can be a “long process of consistent behavior,” he says.
  4. Lose wait. Don’t keep people waiting long for call buttons to be answered, food to be delivered to their table, rooms to be prepared for admission, or phone inquiries to be picked up.
  5. Make lemonade from lemons. When negative things happen, look for the silver lining and the inevitable lessons to be learned and transform those experiences into something positive.
  6. Bragging right. Do not promote what you cannot deliver upon, but be extremely proud to highlight that which you excel in. At Regency Nursing & Rehab facilities, we are always proud to point to our many varied accomplishments, but we never rest upon our laurels and always seek to grow in new areas and tackle new frontiers.
  7. Invest in employees. Respect their need for the knowledge necessary to do their job, respect their feelings, respect their desire to have an impact and respect their workspace and time. At Regency Nursing & Rehab facilities, our employees are our biggest asset and we treat each and every one of them with the highest level of respect and appreciation for their work. The level of trust and support which we impart to our employee’s, is manifest and evident in the huge degree of motivation and compassion which they bring to their work. In the final analysis, the biggest beneficiaries of this exceptional dynamic are the patients and residents themselves.