Valley Meadows celebrates substantial compliance | RecordCourier.com

Valley Meadows celebrates substantial compliance

by Merrie Leininger

The former Cottonwood Care Center not only has a new name, but has received acknowledgment for its improved business practices.

Assistant Administrator James Filbin of Premier Management Services, who now manages Valley Meadows Care Center, said the business has received a substantial compliance rating from the state for the first time in about five years.

The center is celebrating by having an open house and free barbecue today. Residents will also be selling crafts they made and department heads will be taking resumes and doing interviews for all positions.

Filbin said the business is proud of the turn-around and the resulting good marks from the July survey.

“Now the biggest problem is we have received such negative press in the past, people still think of us that way,” he said. “We want to change that by opening our doors.”

The state surveys everything the care center does – from medical charting to the physical condition of the building to the condition of individual residents.

“It is as if someone came into your home and was critical of everything you do for the health of your family,” he said. “It is the white-glove-treatment.”

Filbin said they even check to see if the clients’ teeth are brushed and the temperature of the food. The cold items have to be below a certain temperature and the hot items have to be able a certain temperature.

Filbin credited part of the center’s turn around to the volunteer program.

“They are wonderful. (The volunteer program) is what makes or breaks a facility,” he said.

Individuals volunteer their time by coming in to play games with the residents or sometimes singing groups will give a performance.

The bad image of the nursing home has also led to a problem recruiting employees, he said, aggravating the situation caused by a nation-wide nursing “crunch.”

“It is almost impossible to find a good nurse now,” Filbin said. “They can leave a job this morning and be in another this afternoon.”

Filbin said he wants to fill the care center with the “best in the area,” and will be looking to fill about 25 positions across the board: nurses – CNAs, LPNs and RNs – housekeepers, dietary managers and laundry workers.

Filbin said interested people can bring their resumes and references and managers will try to talk with them for as long as possible.

The open house will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and the barbecue take place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Valley Meadows is located in the Ranchos at 806 Tillman Lane.

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