2011-05-08 / Health

MediLodge of Montrose opens door to a new concept in care

New expansion feels more like a resort
BY JEANNE MARCELLO STAFF REPORTER


MEET THE CHEF - Executive Chef Dustin Marshall stands in one of several satellite kitchens at MediLodge of Montrose. He specializes in “wholesome classic meals” with a gourmet flair. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) MEET THE CHEF - Executive Chef Dustin Marshall stands in one of several satellite kitchens at MediLodge of Montrose. He specializes in “wholesome classic meals” with a gourmet flair. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) MONTROSE – MediLodge of Montrose has already moved patients into their new rooms in the luxurious new 54,000 square foot expanded wellness care center. To see the transformation, the difference is incredible.

MediLodge of Montrose Business Development Coordinator Cara Fernandez described it, “It’s like walking into a hotel, instead of a skilled nursing home.”

New amenities include hotel-style room service, flat screen televisions throughout the building, European bathing suites, two therapy gyms (one for physical therapy, the other for occupational therapy) and more. Resort-style services are designed to serve not only MediLodge patients, but their families, friends, members of the community and the MediLodge staff as well.


COZY & COMFORTABLE - MediLodge Business Development Coordinator Cara Fernandez talked about the special features in each room, such as a down comforter, country quilt, large flat screen television, bariatric-size bed, safety stand rocker-glider and its own bathroom with shower. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) COZY & COMFORTABLE - MediLodge Business Development Coordinator Cara Fernandez talked about the special features in each room, such as a down comforter, country quilt, large flat screen television, bariatric-size bed, safety stand rocker-glider and its own bathroom with shower. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) Drop by the JavaLodge cafe for a cup of specialty coffee, soup, salad, a nice dinner, or a hard scoop ice cream served in a homemade waffle cone. For a great therapeutic massage or hair style, call the MediLodge main line for an appointment at RevitaLodge salon and spa. With the new professional dress code, and no nurse stations, it doesn’t even resemble your typical nursing care center. It’s a switch to patient-centered care, Fernandez explained. They’ve really gone the extra mile to make it a place where people want to rehabilitate.


NEW ENTRANCE - MediLodge of Montrose has a new entrance on the east side of the building, complete with rocking chairs for those who want to get outside for some fresh air. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) NEW ENTRANCE - MediLodge of Montrose has a new entrance on the east side of the building, complete with rocking chairs for those who want to get outside for some fresh air. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) “You’re here for a short time, and we’re here to help you return home,” she commented.

There has been a great response to the new short-term rehabilitation center; where “Lodgers” can get the rehabilitation services they need in a comfortable environment. MediLodge of Montrose especially caters to those recovering from orthopedic, cardiac, pulmonary, bariatric, and neurological surgeries. And once the memory care wing is finished later this year; MediLodge of Montrose will have a secure place dedicated to meeting the needs of dementia patients.

In the next few weeks, Braun Construction will be demolishing part of the old building, according to Fernandez. They have already renovated patient rooms in the other portion of the original building. Over the next several months they will be remodeling hallways, the kitchen, common living areas, and day room of the new memory care wing.

Fernandez is thrilled with the response.

For more information about MediLodge of Montrose, or make an appointment for RevitaLodge Salon & Spa, call (810) 639- 6171.

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