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Deer Isle Nursing Home Rated Among Best In Maine: US News Gives Top Rating

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DEER ISLE, Maine — The Island Nursing Home and Care Center in Deer Isle is one of only four out of 109 Maine nursing homes to receive a five-star rating according to a 2011 US News report on the best U.S. nursing homes.

The U.S. News rankings rely on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer web site run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data come from regular health inspections carried out by state agencies and from the homes themselves. Using that information, CMS assigns an overall rating of one to five stars to each nursing home. The overall rating is based on how well they do in three areas (health inspections, nurse staffing, and providing a high level of quality of care). INH received a perfect score of five-stars in each of the three areas.

According to INH Director Marc Plourde, the rating is confirmation of the results of over 25 years that the INH has been dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a homelike setting for our residents and to continually update the staff, facility and programs to that end. The Island Nursing Home and Care Center is a non-profit organization serving families from the Island and Blue Hill Peninsula since 1983.

INH recently received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation of Yarmouth, Maine to help purchase an Integrity Bathing System for its residents. The system’s front-entry tub and transfer chair allow a patient to be rolled into the shower room and bathe with no lifting. This helps ensure the safety of residents and caregivers alike.
“Grants and gifts are increasingly important to the mission of INH,” says Pam Siewers, board president. “Running an organization like INH is costly. We must invest in appropriate equipment and trained personnel to provide the best possible care for our residents. In addition, today’s reimbursement environment creates a variety of financial challenges. As our board and staff work together to identify and overcome such challenges, we are very grateful for organizations like the Davis Family Foundation who support the work we do.”

As INH continues to grow it is adding new services and programs including

➢ A new restaurant-style dining experience that is receiving positive reviews from residents.
➢ A refurbished and expanded beauty parlor that enhances the life of many residents.
➢ An upgrade of the telephone and computer systems so residents now have access to phone
and Internet service the day they move in (a savings of $150/installation).

In October INH implemented “Namasté Care”, a resident-centered, specialized activities and sensory stimulation program. Namasté, a Hindu term meaning “to honor the spirit within”, is the foundation of this program, designed to meet the needs of residents with advanced stages of dementia, and those facing end-of-life care. As Director of Nurses Nancy Violette, R.N., reports, Namasté Care represents yet another “culture change” milestone for staff and residents at INH.

Contact: Dan Hadley, Director of Marketing and Development at Island Nursing Home, 348-2351. Email: dan.hadley@myfairpoint.net 367-5840.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Dan Hadley, Marketing and Development

Telephone Number: (207)348-2351

Website: http://www.islandnursinghome.org/

Email: dan.hadley@myfairpoint.net