So mom and I set off on adventure today to look a the two LTAC facilities approved by Kaiser. It didn't start off well. We pulled up to the first facility (which was massive) and into the parking garage (equally massive) and instantly got lost. after about 10 minutes of looking for a space while maintaining our sense of direction we found an exit and promptly took it. It dumped us out right in front of a valet parking kiosk. We jumped at the opportunity, handed over the keys and headed inside.
Then things got worse. This particular LTAC is on the 5th floor of a larger hospital and as soon as mom and I got off the elevator we both new this wasn't the place. It looked like something from a movie about bad hospitals. It was loud, narrow hallways, small rooms and just all around yucky. The coordinator we met with was great, but not great enough to overcome the rest of the situation. We stayed about half an hour and then beat a retreat. I think at that moment both of us began to pray, "Lord, please let the next one be better!"
And it was! The second facility was a stand alone, with it's own parking lot (off to a good start) and things continued on well from there. The coordinator was great, the facility was spotless and they had the right answers to the 20 questions we put together last night. What a relief! They had already called Kaiser and had received approval for Joanne to come there which was great.
So the long and the short of it is that Joanne is headed to her new home tomorrow morning! She will be transported by ambulance and mom and I will follow along behind. The cool things:
Family has 24 hour visitation
The facility is secure, meaning you can't just wander in--you have to be check in by the front desk lady before you head upstairs, and if you aren't on the list, you aren't getting in! Love this since the floor at Littleton was not secure.
I will get my own wi-fi account on their network so I can keep doing blogs and twitter updates.
There are huge windows in every room looking out on huge trees. There is so much light in every room.
Clean, clean, clean!
Free soft drinks, coffee and iced tea
We can decorate Joanne's room however we want
There is a ton more good stuff, but this gives you a flavor. The only real drawback is that it is half an hour away from our house. But a little extra commute time is no big deal to get Joanne in the right place. Love what our coordinator said, "This isn't a day spa, this is a place where patients come to do the hard work of getting better." Love that!
I will write a post tomorrow on Joanne's progress over the last 24 hours. It's pretty cool!