Dennis Burtnett, BHRC administrator, updated the health care center’s board Tuesday on Wing 3’s status.
“We have two residents on the short hall and we will be moving them this week to the longer hall,” Burtnett said. “That way, we will have a hall to work on, which is shorter and should be renovated faster.”
Recent renovations replaced a portion of Wing 3’s windows, created and decorated a dining hall and provided a family room complete with sofas, a fireplace and a TV.
An environmental report described the new dining hall as “homey, modern and warm.” Sandy Brock, human resources director, said one resident expressed her desire to place the dining hall in her own home.
Equipment for the new rehabilitation gym has not been bought yet. The option of keeping the old gym was brought up at a recent department head meeting. Burtnett said the gym could be used for Medicare patients while the new gym would be for the rehabilitation patients.
“There probably is a need for us to leave the existing rehab gym open,” Burtnett said. “We have not yet bought equipment for Wing 3. It will probably be another month or two before we consider that.”
Further changes within Bradley Healthcare will see the existing nurse call system replaced.
According to Burtnett, the current nurse call system is 20-30 years old. He said pieces for the system have not been made in 15 years. It is becoming increasingly difficult to replace failing parts.
Estimated cost for a new system throughout the center is $170,000. As renovations are already being completed in Wing 3, Burtnett said the center is looking to replace the nurse call system there first. Wing 3’s new system would cost around $25,000.
A tentative plan calls for the replacement of Wing 3’s system with old pieces being kept as spare parts.
“It will be a big improvement,” Burtnett said. “The improvements in technology in the past 20 to 30 years far surpass our existing system.”
Board members discussed the possibility of Bradley Healthcare becoming involved in hospice service, home service, respite care or Meals on Wheels.
Burtnett explained it would not be feasible for the center to become involved in some areas. However, he said certain services would be beneficial to Bradley Healthcare because, “It builds a relationship with the community.”
In related news, Burtnett announced to the board the rehabilitation center can now accept patients with BlueCross BlueShield health insurance.