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Demand for nursing homes in Rock County is met

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GINA R. HEINE
July 12, 2008

The demand for nursing homes in Rock County is met, said Julie Seeman, a certified information and assistance specialist with the Rock County Council on Aging.


"Generally I've found there's been openings," she said.


The state's directory of licensed nursing homes lists 10 in Rock County for a total of 878 beds.


Seeman works with families to explore long-term care options. She's found that facilities typically have an opening, or will have one within a week or two. Or families find an opening, but it might not be the exact home they want.


"You might not get the one you want, but there probably is an opening somewhere," she said.


While it can be hard for elders to move often, Seeman said she sometimes hears of families who will move their loved one into nursing home "A" while they wait for an opening they really want at nursing home "B."


She suggests families call nursing homes they're interested in and get a name on a waiting list, if there is one.


Here's a list of the Rock County nursing homes with details and availability at each:


-- Premier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing, 2122 Pioneer Drive, Beloit, (608) 365-9526.


Licensed beds: 120.


Demographics: Majority of residents are from Beloit area and in their 80s. About 75 percent of residents are long-term while the remaining are there for short-term rehab.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, private pay.


Bed availability: A waiting list sometimes is needed though it changes daily.


"When we accept somebody it's only after a comprehensive assessment," Administrator Sue Viken said. "We make sure that we can meet the needs of the resident and the family ... Typically if we've assessed somebody and we feel we can meet their needs, we'll get them in."


Openings are harder to come by in the facility's Alzheimer's/dementia unit, she said.


Comments: "There are so many options available for our senior citizens that the trend in nursing homes has really changed over the last 15, 20 years," she said. "People that are going to assisted living type (homes) were people we were seeing in nursing homes 15 years ago."


-- Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center, 709 Meadow Drive, Clinton, (608) 676-2202.


Licensed beds: 94.


Demographics: Mainly from the Clinton/Janesville/Beloit area, though sometimes people come from out-of-state.


Age-wise it all depends on who needs therapy, ranging from people in their 50s and 60s to 100, said Carie Fairchild, admissions director.


"We've done therapy on people in their 30s up to 90 and 100," she said.


The home has a mix of short- and long-term residents.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, private pay.


Bed availability: The facility typically does not have a waiting list.


"Most of the time we can usually squeeze somebody in," Fairchild said. "We go up and down. We get patients in, (they) receive therapy, get better and go home."


n Edgerton Care Center, 313 Stoughton Road, Edgerton, (608) 884-1617.


Licensed beds: 61.


Demographics: Mainly from Edgerton—"very community oriented," said Marilynn Perry, nursing home administrator.


Residents are mainly age 60 and older.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, select insurance companies.


Bed availability: The facility is usually fairly full, Perry said. On a recent day, one bed was available.


"That's about the usual," she said.


-- Evansville Manor, 470 Garfield Ave., Evansville, (608) 882-5700.


Licensed beds: 83.


Demographics: Variety of people from Rock and surrounding counties and sometimes out of state, usually in their 80s, but range from 50s to older than 100.


Residents are a mix of short- and long-term care residents.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, private insurance.


Bed availability: "We have openings most of the time," said Chris Maxwell, a certified social worker. It varies from day to day."


Comments: Nursing home acceptance can vary based on roommate compatibility or a resident's needs or behavior, Maxwell said.


Residents generally are accepted no matter how they're paying, but occasionally a private payer might be taken over someone on medical assistance if only one opening exists, she said.


-- Cedar Crest Health Center, 1702 S. River Road, Janesville, (608) 756-0344.


Licensed beds: 95.


Demographics: Majority of residents are from Janesville with an average age of 82. Fifteen to 20 beds are generally for short-term residents with the remainder being long-term.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, private insurance.


Bed availability: Changes daily—sometimes there's a waiting list.


"It just depends on what our census is," President/CEO Marion Wozniak said. "Sometimes it can be very difficult to get in, other times we have availability."


Comments: "I think that there are times when we don't have availability and other (nursing homes) do, and vice versa," she said.


-- Rock Haven, 3418 N. County F, Janesville, (608) 757-5028.


Licensed beds: 130.


Demographics: Residents have to be from Rock County and at least 18, administrator Sherry Gunderson said.


"We have more young people than most nursing homes," she said, because the facility serves chronic mental illness, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis.


About 85 percent of residents are on Medicaid.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, have a contract with long-term care insurance through Dean HMO, private insurance, private pay.


Bed availability: On a recent day, three beds were empty, but the home typically runs with 129 patients every day, Gunderson said.


Comments: Gunderson said she thinks the county has enough nursing home beds because of the increasing number of assisted living facilities.


"If they can meet the care level in a smaller setting, that's wonderful," she said.


-- St. Elizabeth Nursing Home, 502 Lawrence St., Janesville, (608) 752-6709.


Licensed beds: 43.


Demographics: Majority from Janesville in their 80s and 90s and are long-term residents. About three-fourths of residents are on Medicaid.


Payment options: Medicaid, private pay, private insurance.


Bed availability: The home is always full with a waiting list. Many of the people on the waiting list are in their 50s or 60s and are not ready for the nursing home yet, administrator Mother Marie Julie Saegaert. When an opening is available, staff sometimes go through 15 people before they find someone ready to move in, she said.


Comments: "It's getting harder and harder to find nursing homes because there's a moratorium on the number of beds the state can have because the government doesn't want to pay for long-term care," she said.


As baby boomers age, there's fewer beds and that's why assisted living is increasing, she said.


-- Woods Crossing at Woods Point, E. 401 23rd St., Brodhead, (608) 897-3031.


Licensed beds: 22.


Demographics: Residents are from all over the area, with many being there for short-term rehab.


Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, private insurance.


Bed availability: One or two beds usually are available for skilled nursing, said Marlene Stewart, director of nursing.


"Sometimes we are full though. It just depends," she said.


Comments: "I would say it's easy to find someplace to get in (a nursing home)," she said. "It's hard to find if you're actually doing your homework—harder to get into a place you like."


-- Beloit Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1905 W. Hart Road, Beloit, (608) 365-2554.


Licensed beds: 152


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