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Sunny Hill adding skilled nursing wing

Focus On Therapy, Rehabilitation

February 4, 2010
By John Speer, Editor
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - “It’s a big motivation for the entire staff to see people go home. It’s nice to know you are doing something good. People can’t walk when they come in, but walk out the door on their own when they leave,” Caleb Walton, administrator of Sunny Hill Care Center, Tama, said last week. “We identified a need to provide a therapy-type setting” - in addition to the full services already offered in the main facility.

As a result, construction is under way on a new skilled nursing wing devoted to therapy at Sunny Hill. The special design of the addition is aimed at the needs of those recovering, for example, from hip or knee replacement or from stroke, Walton said.

It is being built on the northeast side with a completion date of late May or early June. The wing will feature eight private rooms and a fully-equipped area devoted to physical and occupational therapy. Speech therapy is also provided. A separate entrance and parking area for residents and family members is being provided.

In addition to building the new wing, a complete remodeling of the present building is underway. New carpet and tile is being installed along with new windows and showers and a whirl pool. With completion of the new wing, eight semi-private rooms will be converted to four, private rooms.

A new beauty shop will also be included in the new wing. a 24-hour snack bar will also be added in the main building for residents, visitors and staff.

Walton said it’s team-oriented from housekeeping and food service to nursing and therapists and a speciality area will enhance the effort at aiding recoveries. He said Sunny Hill already has a “better than 90 percent success rate for residents going home from rehabilitation.” The goal for an average stay is three weeks or less.

Dave Osthus is the owner of Tama Health Care Enterprises, Des Moines, which owns and operates Sunny Hill.

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Caleb Walton is shown outside the entrance to the skilled nursing wing under construction at Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama.
News-Herald/John Speer



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