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By: Carole P.
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
I am a 59 year old woman who was diagnosed with M.S. 12 years ago. One Sunday while watching T.V. I felt this overwhelming weakness in my body and my usual chronic pain level shot up. I asked to go to the emergency room knowing I would need steroids to pump myself up. What happened next was a whirlwind. By the time I reached the E.R. I coulnd't move either arm, lift my head and could barely move my legs. Things then escalated quickly and I was admitted to Southwest Hospital where I spent the next 5 days. I was then told that nothing more medically could be done and that I would be transferred to a nursing home for rehab. I freaked!!! I had never been admitted to a nursing home but my mom passed away in one due to a fall that caused a hemorrhage in the brain. All I knew of nursing homes was they are filled with elderly who are sick, have dementia, are dying and that most never come out once admitted. I was terrified! I was taken to Southern Hills Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center at night. Talk about scary. I had to ring for an aide every hour or so because I was so nervous. Then I woke up in the morning after finally getting a few hours sleep and saw that I had a very nice room with a view of a very pretty courtyard. I could have visitors 24 hours a day, even my dogs. I have been here almost a month now and I can tell you my care has been wonderful. The aides, nurses and the entire staff are very good at what they do and very friendly. Their physical, occupational and voice therapists are the best. I have made much progress due to them and hope to be going home soon. I attribute my progress not only to their expertise, but to their friendliness and their ability to make it fun. If you need any kind of rehab, don't be afraid, just call Southern Hills and you will be in good hands. They even allowed my Bible study group of 9 to come every Wednesday morning. They gave us our own room to meet in, set up tables and chairs for us and even supplied carafes of coffee. Although all of the staff have been great; you have 3 exceptional nurses: Mattie, Katie and Heather.
By: cares4alz
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
The wonderful staff at Southern Hills are truly a blessing in ourlives. My mom has been struggling with Alzheimer's for almost 3 yearsnow. We visited many centers before coming to Southern Hills, but themoment I walked thru the door I knew this was the right place, and 3years later that still holds true. My visits with mom start with a warmwelcome and smile from Kathleen at the front desk. Walking down thehalls we are greeted by the nurse aides with hellos and quick updates onmom's day. (Sherry knows everything about mom and strives to make hercomfortable day in and day out!) The nurses always make time to discussany medical concerns and it doesn't stop there. The staff beautician,Amalia, makes mom gorgeous every week and treats mom as her own mother.The head dietician, Samantha, strives to keep mom's meals individualizedto her likes and dislikes.) Mom's favorite is the stuffed cabbage!) Icould go on and on about every individual but truly they are all likefamily to me and to my mom. My own mother actually summed up ourfeelings about Southern Hills the best, she said to me 'honey, if I hadto choose a place for my own care, this is where I would have chosen.'Enough said
By: amazedbygod
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
I couldn't leave without thanking everyone for the wonderful care my mom received there the last 3 years. I hesitate to name individuals because all of you were thoughtful and caring. But some stood out and I must give them special thanks with my gratitude. Nurse: Amanda, Linda B., Katy, Kay, both Angies and Maura. Activity Ladies: Lucy, Pat and Carol. Receptionist: Kathleen. Kitchen: Tammy, Sam, Jessica and Maria. Aides: Sheila, Faye, Christian, Nosema and Patty. Other Staff: Brenda, Karen, Crystal. Best Housekeeper: Lynne and Paul. I can't name everyone and those not on the list should not be dismissed as lacking in any way. Your entire staff is so caring and I'm so thankful for everything. Love to all and Gods blessing on the daily tasks you perform.
By: profofcoll
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
I found my eight month stay at Southern Hills amicable considering the fact I had four different physical conditions at various times that required different remedies to defeat these particular illnesses. Recovery and therapy for back surgery (infection), C-DIFF (diarrhea), dialysis (short term) -knee operation and more therapy. The nurses and aides are consistent and helpful through all ailments. The administrator also took time to go over paperwork-type problems and other types of problems that arose ocassionally. The therapists were a congenial lot, but pushed me to strain myself to overcome my ailments. All in all OK! I did enter into certain activities that I liked -bingo -trivia -Wii bowling etc
By: sarajane13
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
Being hospitalized for my foot wound I did not anticipate needing a care facility for ongoing care. I chose Southern Hills partly for its location and because the facility was contracted to my insurance. My reception was friendly, the room was roomy and private; which I felt I needed. My first wound dressing was done by Amanda. The first two weeks were a bit rough until we set a schedule of Monday-Wednesday-Friday and got a proper wound-vac. Improvement came quicklyDoctor was pleased. All staff: Nurses, aides, housekeepers, and dietary are great. My care was excellent! Many Thanks!
By: grampslife
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
While staying at Southern Hills Nursing Home on Bagley Road, I was pleasantly surprised of the good care me and my surrounding patients received on a timely and friendly manner. I can attest to this because my wife and I worked at one of the largest nursing homes in the area some ten years ago for two winters. I thought they were good when we worked until I was a patient at Southern Hills. At that time I discovered the true meaning of great care ad people working hard together to accomplish a good end result of care to the patients.
By: lapwingcold
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU from our family to your tireless work on our mother's medical case. She came under your care from a long run of illnesses at the hospital and was very sick. Because of you she has slowly improved through all that nastiness. We are all adjusting to her new prognosis and hope to give her a good quality of life with the time she has. Rachel, your efforts and commitment to solving our mom's medical problems means so much to all of us. Thank you is hardly enough!
By: Yu M.
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
As for the nurses and nursing assistants I think they have been extremely nice and courteous in my complete stay!! The therapy department has shown me ways to come back to be able to go home and things that I will help me at home plus some small exercises to help me complete my come back to the best of my abilities! The complete therapy staff has been kind and courteous and successful to get me to understand the progress to my recovery in the right way.
By: snowsh4d4
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
I am leaving for home today after three months. My wound is healed thanks to the excellent nursing care that I received. I am walking out with aid of a walker. This is possible because of my physical and occupational therapy. The therapists are great. Nursing assistants are all friendly and helpful and I thank them all. The meals here are tasteful and beautifully served. My stay was as pleasant as is possible away from home. Thank you all!
By: lucyjoforever
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
The Delay the Disease exercise program has been an exceptional program for those with Parkinson’s’ Disease. Not only the exercises but the social interaction is a plus for all attendees. My husband has shown improvement primarily in his balance and seldom falls anymore. He is encouraged to try his best doing the exercises by all the therapists. He continues to do some of the exercises at home. I highly recommend this program
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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