Young Father Heads Home 1 Year After Stroke
This year’s Valentine’s Day promises to be better than last year for 38-year-old John Webster and his young family of Grand Rapids, Mich. After recovering from a massive stroke and nearly a year in rehab, John is returning home in mid-January to once again help care for his family – including two young children. At...
Skilled Nursing Chef Delights With Edible Fruit Creations
Don Rockafellow can whip up a mean meatloaf for dinner, and there’s nothing he enjoys more at work than seeing SKLD Ionia residents devour it. He spent a lifetime working in the kitchen, learning first at the side of his mother—whose recipes are at the core of what Don describes as comfort food. These recipes...
How Hard Work Led Skilled Nursing Administrator to a Job She Loves
At 17, while other teens were worrying about prom dresses and SAT testing, Melissa Frechette was a new immigrant in America caring for her grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. She learned through trial and error how to manage care for a loved one with this debilitating disease and gleaned what she could from extended family members...
Skilled Nursing Facility Brings Memorial to a Resident
Darleen Simms received a visit from her brother every day that she spent at SKLD Livonia since moving there in December 2017. He came so frequently that most members of the staff got to know him as well. His visits stopped when he unexpectedly fell ill and passed away in early November, leaving Darleen distraught....
SKLD Patient Grateful for a New Lease on Life
Anna Schultz of Grand Rapids, Michigan, remembers getting in her car after attending church on Sunday, September 30 and then her memory goes blank. What happened next, she’s had to piece together from witnesses. Anna suffered a cardiac arrest while driving and cruised through the intersection of 28thSt. and Eastern Ave., where her car collided...
Illuminate Adds Two More SKLD Facilities in Michigan — Expanding Its Portfolio and Opportunities to Innovate Skilled Care
Illuminate HC adds two more facilities to Michigan portfolio - the former Heartland/Crestview in Wyoming and Providence Zeeland.
Innovation: Smart bandages for the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds
Now, a group of researchers from Tufts University have done just that–developed a “smart bandage” that has the ability to monitor a chronic wound for infection, and deliver antibiotics, growth factors or even pain medicine if needed. “The smart bandage we created, with pH and temperature sensors and antibiotic drug delivery, is really a prototype...
Illuminate HC signs contract to manage 9 nursing homes in Detroit, Grand Rapids
"The economics of post-hospital care have shifted, but the delivery model is stuck in the 20th century," Zuckerman said. "Change is needed to compete in an environment where patients in skilled-care facilities have more complex needs, margins are shrinking, and performance improvements are increasingly important to boost facility reimbursement levels."
Illuminate Eyes Regional Skilled Nursing Growth After ManorCare Acquisitions
Illuminate is using the brand SKLD, pronounced “skilled,” to brand the nursing home assets that it manages. Any services that face the families and patients will be known as SKLD. Technology is a particular focus for the young firm. Illuminate is developing a proprietary logistics system that incorporates the use of wearable devices. Staff will be the primary users of the wearable devices and there are some ideas in the works for using them with patients.
A provider out to solve the turnover problem ‘once and for all’
There's a new player on the long-term care scene and it makes no small plans for its nursing homes. Illuminate HC is its name, and the moniker itself is a show of the creativity behind its leaders.