Sunday, January 21, 2007

Trinity Mission - Farmville

Richard, Irene, Mack (with broken leg) and me in Williamsburg in spring, 1995. One of our neighbors on Newfound Lane in Chester was backing downhill, out of his driveway. He didn't see Mack standing beside the road by his driveway, hit Mack with his car, and caused Mack's left leg to break. Mack had to wear the cast on his leg for a good part of the summer that year.

Trinity Mission is a rehab and nursing home center in Farmville, VA.

TELEPHONE: 434-392-8806
TYPE OF OWNERSHIP: For profit - Partnership

Mack has a semi-private room where his space is rather small compared to the private room he was in at MCV. He also has a room mate. Richard purchased a color TV for Mack to watch. The room mate has his own TV on his side. Mack has a small nightstand with three drawers with his TV is perched on top and two drawers in a large dresser that he shares with his room mate. There is also a reclining "posey" chair for Mack's use occasionally, but with that in the room, there's hardly any room left to walk around the bed. Mack has the bed closest to the window. The second day that Richard went to visit Mack, he discovered that they had already gotten Mack to learn to blink if he wanted water or ice chips. That was remarkable!

Richard has gone to visit Mack and talked with the nurses and care partners each day since Mack was admitted on Thursday. We both went to visit Mack yesterday afternoon and got there around 3:00 pm. Since this was my first visit there, I made it a point to look around carefully and paid attention to how the residents were being looked after, also the sounds and smells (it didn't smell bad as most nursing homes do, and the sounds were minimal).

I'm taking some information, included below, directly from the "Resident and Family Information" packet that was given to us to review.

My first impression of this place was that it was clean, it had adequate staff for the residents on the weekend, and that they want to work with the family to make their residents as comfortable as possible. The staff that I was introduced to, and talked with when we arrived, seemed to be very professional and caring. This facility provides a comprehensive 24-hour-a-day nursing care department consisting of Registered Nurses, Licensed Nurses, and Nurse Assistants. The Director of Nursing, Jackie Richardson, is responsible for the nursing department. Other staff members are Nancy Ramsey the Administrator; Mary Wise, Social Services; Daphne Fowlkes, Activity Director; Brenda Nuckols, Food Service Manager; Joel Clark, Rehab Services; and Medical Director is Dr. Gahear Hamlor. Rehabilitative Services available to residents are Physical, Occupational and Speech.

As we were leaving about 5 p.m, I noticed that most of the residents were in the dining hall getting ready to eat dinner. I noticed that there were a few residents still in their rooms, who probably weren't able to eat food or go to the dining hall. Some of the residents were sitting in wheelchairs next to the nurses station so that they could be watched closely. One elderly gentleman wanted to strike up a conversation with us asking "why are you here and where are you going?" We told him that we came to visit our son and that we were going back home. He seemed to be satisfied with that answer.

If you bring clothing or other items for Mack, please mark it with "R. Manor" on each piece with laundry ink or a name tag. Make sure that clothing is machine washable and dryable as laundry services are provided by the facility. However, the family may do the resident's laundry if they chose to do so. Please make sure that these items are added to Mack's inventory list before you leave.

Visiting hours are open each day. Family and friends are encouraged to visit. The outside doors are set to sound an alarm and are locked to keep outsiders out. The front door is unlocked until 8 p.m. during the week. Pets are permitted on a leash with proper vaccination records. Residents are encouraged to decorate their rooms with items from their own home. Mail for the residents is sorted in the office and delivered to the residents room. All mail is confidentially handled. There are a wide range of volunteers who visit the facility throughout the year. Several schools, organizations, and churches are part of the active volunteer program. Adult and junior volunteers provide many services which directly benefit the residents.

As soon as I write down the directions to the place, I will post them. I was too busy driving yesterday. One word of caution - The State Troopers are all over RT 460 (both ways), so be very careful that you drive no faster than the speed limit. They WILL stop speeders!!! (You've been warned.)

Please post any questions you have or comments you'd like to make by clicking on the "comments" block below and type what you would like to share or question you have.

All the best,
Richard and Ruth


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping us posted. I really appreciate it. I am planning on going to visit this weekend if everything goes well. Thanks again

8:37 PM  

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