The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 23, Number 35
Marian Regional Medical Center Extended Care Center Celebrates 35 Years in the Community
By Taylor O’Connor
Marian Regional Medical Center’s extended care facility began with a few nuns and 10 patients who needed additional care after being hospitalized. Now the center serves 95 patients at a time and celebrates its 35th anniversary, said Jill Ledbetter.
The skilled nursing facility serves members of the community who need assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, administering medication, going to the toilet or physiotherapy, speech therapy and wound care, a said Ledbetter, senior director of nursing at Marian Extended Care.
“Usually it’s this bridge between hospital and home health,” Ledbetter said. “They are still quite fragile. They don’t need to go back to the hospital, but they can’t go home unless they have carers around the clock.”
As California’s 65-plus population grows and people live longer, the facility is preparing to add 12 to 14 beds and expand its residency and clinical programs for doctors and nurses, it said. she stated.
“As the population continues to age, we need geriatric specialists to help people improve their quality of life,” Ledbetter said. “In our residency program, we give young doctors exposure, and that might influence what specialty they go into.”
The institution is also partnering with Allan Hancock College to give nursing students the opportunity to work at Marian, where they could later be recruited to work upon graduation, she added. Prior to COVID-19, students from Pioneer Valley High School also came to help with community service projects and help staff, giving the center a “family feel and partnership with the community.”
“We like to be seen as a learning environment,” Ledbetter said. “It’s fun to watch the students graduate and have fond memories of their clinic here. With the lifting of COVID restrictions, we hope to have more students and more groups of volunteerswhich are a great asset for us.
The past two years have strained the long-term care facility with isolation, quarantine and separation from families, but staff have worked creatively to overcome some of those limitations, Ledbetter said.
“COVID has taught us a lot about [how] to stay in touch,” she said. “We have iPads available for short breaks, teleconferencing and FaceTiming to keep in touch with loved ones.”
Many older people are more tech-savvy and know how to use their cellphones, iPads or other devices to communicate with loved ones, Ledbetter said, noting that her own grandmother would never have been able to do this.
“It expands the way we deliver health care and helps our patients and their families stay connected,” she said. “We need young people with more resilient brains to help us learn to use technology and support our technology.”
Although the program is designed to see patients 65 and older, nurses and doctors will often see seriously injured farmworkers who may not have insurance. Because Marian is a nonprofit, these people can get the care they need, she said.
“A lot of the community doesn’t even know we’re here. But we are here, we are in front of the [emergency room] and helping people transition from the hospital, regain strength, and return to the community,” Ledbetter said. “That’s what we’re here for: to help the community. Whatever their shape or size. »
• The Santa Maria Public Library organizes a free screening of coconut Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m., before a citywide Día de Los Muertos celebration, to be held Oct. 29 in the McClelland St. Corridor (400-600 South McClelland St.) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. h. The family friendly event will include live entertainment, a Catrin and Catrina contest, youth activities, and food and craft vendors. All are invited to create colorful altars in honor of their deceased loved ones, and families can bring photos, flowers or treats to contribute to the community altar. Direct questions to the City Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 925-0951, ext. 2260.
• The Santa Maria Utilities Department provides free burlap and sprinkler to city customers. The promotion aims to remind homeowners to go green in the fall by pulling weeds and collecting clippings to improve the landscape, and adjusting irrigation clocks in accordance with city watering restrictions. Residents will be provided with a 7 foot by 7 foot landscape burlap and three sprinklers with leak proof sprinkler bodies. Burlap can be used to pick up clippings, branches, leaves and other green waste from the yard or garden, then transfer them to the compost pile. Santa Maria customers should contact the Utilities Department to reserve their butrlap and sprinklers while supplies last by calling (805) 925-0951, Ext. 7270, Monday to Friday.
Editor Taylor O’Connor wrote this week’s Spotlight. She can be contacted at [email protected]