So you have just retired from your career; the kids have all moved out of the home; you may have lost your spouse or loved one; and you may no longer have all of the mobility that you once had. What do you do next? You begin to make lifestyle changes and choices. You may choose to let go of the house you called home for most of your life. Where do you go? Do you choose to find residence at an assisted living facility, or do you find yourself in need of more in-depth services of a nursing home?
Or what if you are the family member of the loved one who can no longer make these decisions on their own? You have come to the realization and conclusion that your loved one, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even a spouse, will receive better care and attention than what you may have to offer. Your loved one may be at a point in their lives where they need round the clock care, if they are trying to cope with a major chronic illness or physical disability. So you turn your research efforts to the internet and stumble upon a few choices.
One of those choices may be the Manawa Community Living Center. So you decide to investigate, and take a tour of the facility. Then you may explore other choices for employing senior health care services for either you or your loved one. So how do you know which facility to choose?
Understanding what matters in providing excellence in senior health care, such as a facilities low rate of employee turn-over; how the facility ranked in its last state inspection or CMS rating; or even the facilities policies themselves in how they handle risk such as infection control or out of control patients; are all important deciding factors in choosing a facility. What type of care do you need; Assisted living, intimate nursing home services, or rehabilitation center? Can you afford the price of admission, and maintain a standard of living that is relative to your budget?
Once you have been able to answer all of these questions, usually a major deciding factor is the overall feel of the staff, their ability to meet the needs of residents and patients, under a strict code of conduct that benefits them. After visiting a few facilities you return to the idea of the Manawa Community Living Center. So what is it that makes Manawa so special?
For starters, the Manawa Community Living Center is not corporate owned. In order to be competitive against the typical “chain” of nursing home facilities that are corporately owned, they must pride themselves in other areas of competency that are lacking elsewhere. They pride themselves on being your community senior health care center; totally focused and devoted to the health and well-being of the residents that are considered part of the “Manawa Family.”
Proprietor Phil Castleberg explains, “In part of what is the Manawa Difference is people. The majority of our staff lives within the surrounding area. They most likely grew up around some of the patients and now have an opportunity to serve them as they enter their elder years. Being a part of the community of Manawa, allows our staff of nurses, aides, and administration to be more attentive and respectful of the needs patients here at the center. As a result, our staff have a higher regard for life, and treat every patient with respect, honor, and love,”
Manawa Community Living Center has adopted the latest trend of offering multiple services under one roof. They offer assisted living quarters and nursing home services. Rehabilitation services and therapy are also available on campus. Manawa provided for continuity in care, having these services in the same location provides a resident or patient the ability to have all of their needs met, regardless of what phase they may be in their lives. This removes the stress of moving from one facility to another, and creates a friendly environment that you are being attended to by the same trusted nurses, therapists, and aides no matter which division of the facility you call home.
Manawa has a unique atmosphere to it. When you first pull up to the facility you have the feeling you have just arrived to the doors, you automatically feel at home. There are no fences or walls that block the sights and sounds of the surrounding community; and is located a short distance from the Main Street of Manawa. When you enter inside of the facility, you can view the many visiting areas and sitting rooms that give this facility the look and feel of a country bed and breakfast. If it were not for the usual tile flooring found in most facilities, in order to create a sterile environment, one would think they had entered a small country retreat. Residents get a full view and can stay in touch with the outside world just outside their window, even if they are physically confined to their spacious room. They can still open the window and hear the community around them.
“We wanted to create the sense of being home. All of our patient rooms have been renovated and decorated with the assistance and input of our staff that live in the surrounding area. I asked them to design the look and feel of each room as if they were going to be the occupant of that room. As a result, each room has small touches that make them unique from one room to another. Our staff did a great job in making this facility feel like home,” Castleberg continued.
Manawa’s culture focuses on personal health and wellness. When you first meet the staff, you get the sense that they really care about the people who enter Manawa. Their attentiveness to detail and ability to recognize that life, regardless of age, is valuable reflects in the way they serve guests, residents, and their families. The smiles of the staff and their welcoming demeanor inform us that the employees of Manawa Community Living Center enjoy their profession and more so they enjoy being a part of the Manawa team.
“Being here at Manawa is a choice and a lifestyle. We are a smaller family ran local operation. One must understand what it means to be a member of the community of Manawa and have a love affair with Main Street to truly appreciate what we have to offer.”
Other factors that make Manawa special is that they operate above industry standard. Having doubled the nurses and aides ratio to every patient versus the industry norm allows Manawa to provide immediate care and expedient services. The strict discipline and commitment to excellence in senior health care have actually assisted Manawa to be more affordable for the average senior or family member in search of senior health care accommodations. So if your decision to enter a facility is strictly based on price, Manawa has you covered.
Manawa also knows the pain experienced in the last moments of life. Our specialized team of hospice care experts treats every patient and their families with comfort in their bedside manner. Life at Manawa is valued from the time you enter to the time you depart, and no matter, will always remain in the hearts of the staff that make up the Manawa team.
“That is the Manawa Difference.”
Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative reporter who authors articles related to economic development, innovation, green technology, business strategy, and public policy concerns. Burlum is also a career entrepreneur who lends his expertise as a consultant to start-up companies, small businesses, and mid-size enterprises, providing advisement in several areas including strategic business planning, business development, supply chain management, and systems integration. He is also author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource-Water, Main Street Survival Guide for Small Businesses, and Life in the Green Lane-in Pursuit of the American Dream.