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Friendship Village Opens Transition Rehab

Friendship Village Chesterfield Offers Rehab Services

Friendship Village Chesterfield’s Village Care Center will extend into the community this summer and admit local residents for short rehabilitation and wellness stays, according to Anita Martinez, Village Care Center Administrator.

This constitutes a new focus for the center and its facilities including its highly recognized physical therapy department which historically accepted only residents from the larger independent living community at the Chesterfield retirement site.

“With the aging of the U.S. population, demand exists for quality, accessible and professional rehabilitation in the community.  We have the capacity to fill a need and feel the responsibility to do so,” Martinez said.

To start the new program, Martinez and her rehabilitation team designed and decorated a transition apartment.  More units may follow, but the apartment on Friendship Village Chesterfield’s (FVC) ground floor will provide for those who need a cushion to regain their full strength.  She said it can help those who live alone, do not have family, do not have family in the area, or who have family members working full time.

“After surgery, a fall or any number of events and accidents, an individual may not require hospitalization but still not feel comfortable at home alone. 

“Our transition apartment will offer a safe and comfortable environment to grow in strength and balance before a move home.  We want to help those recovering to return to a full and active life by sharing our amenities and capabilities.”

When someone leaves, Martinez also sees the program providing help sorting out home care from the individual’s health at home provider.  “Individuals participating in the program will have full access to FVC, its facilities, amenities, programs and activities.  We welcome spouses moving in with their recovering partners.”             

According to Martinez, the Village Care Center (VCC) boasts a five star rating from as well as a hospitalization rate lower than the national average by 10 per cent and staffing ratios higher than national averages.

The average length of rehabilitation stay nationally lists at 34 days, but VCC cuts that stay to 27 days, Martinez said.

Martinez does not envision long stays in transition, perhaps of two to four weeks.  “We want transition residents to stay a little longer and get a little stronger.  And, then, we want them to get back to their life.”

“The need for community rehabilitation exists with the baby boom generation turning 65.  In this active, fitness-oriented generation, many now require hip and knee replacements.  With strides in medicine and technology extending the average U.S. life span, the parents of baby boomers live longer and demand more rehabilitation as well,” Martinez said.

Martinez set aside a certain percentage of beds for the metropolitan area which, she said, reflects Friendship Village’s commitment to Chesterfield and its needs.

She will continue to market the quality rehabilitation services to hospitals and physicians through personal visits, community events and public information programs.

Well-known and respected, VCC rates as a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center within Friendship Village Chesterfield’s senior living campus.  VCC offers a full spectrum of services 24 hours a day based on doctor-coordinated, individualized care.

Martinez acknowledged that the VCC staff includes some of the longest tenures in the industry.  “We offer private rooms, and we do not use temporary or agency staff,” she said.

FVC and the VCC boast outdoor courtyard  areas, a lake, dining rooms and two restaurants, a fulltime social worker and chaplain, exceptional activity programming, daily housekeeping, a family friendly environment—all in the heart of Chesterfield on a lush 34-acre campus close to dining, nightlife, shopping and other attractions.

To learn more about TRANSITION Rehab and the services offered through this program, call 636-733-0199 or contact us online.