SALEM - The Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation long and short-term care facility at 451 Valley Road has a new name and look after a recent expansion.
Administrator Heath Flickinger said the new name became effective on Jan. 1 and the facility is located about a third of a mile south of U.S. 62, just past the Methodist Church.
Previously known as Pleasantview North it was originally an old farm house built in the 1950s in front of the current facility that was built in 1995.
It has come a long way since and today it offers first-class accommodations with six private suites with many extra amenities that include wireless Internet, flat-screen television, Direct TV and phones.
There is also a therapeutic spa designed to combine physical therapy with a soothing soak for a more relaxing experience.
Auburn has a styling center for quality cuts, perms, colors and sets to have people feeling and looking their best.
Earning one of the highest satisfaction ratings in this area in a recent Ohio Department of Aging resident family survey of 91.1, Auburn places a lot of emphasis on relaxing.
Flickinger said the facility has accommodations for 44 residents and the current census is 40.
"Auburn offers a clean and relaxing atmosphere," Flickinger said, "in both private and semi-private suites for long-term care."
There are 38 furnished semi-private rooms or they can be customized with a residents own furniture.
"We are small, 44 beds to better care for the needs," Flickinger said. "That separates us. Basically our key thing is it's all about living, what a person thinks their care should be not what we do."
Auburn has a state-of-the-art gym which the company said is the "perfect setting" to conduct a therapy session.
Flickinger said the gym has weights, a stationery bike and parallel bars for recovery therapy and offers physical, occupational and speech therapy.
After an expert evaluation, a program is designed to the person's specific needs and Auburn's gentle but persuasive therapy team will know just what it takes to get back people back on their feet.
Outpatient rehabilitation services are available through the private therapy entrance and the Auburn team prepares a schedule that works best for the patient's lifestyle.
Guests enjoy a wide range of social activities that are designed to engage and entertain and personal activities programs are developed by a team of professionals to encourage participation on all levels.
Skilled nurses are on duty 24/7 and some services include tracheostomy care, wound care, administration of medication, pain management, and IV therapy.
The center also provides menu-style dining and choices in a beautiful dining room setting with specialized programs designed by a dietary team to provide nutritious and tasty meals for all types of dietary restrictions.
Tours are conducted daily and guests will immediately sense the "relaxing atmosphere when they walk in," Flickenger said, adding that Auburn is tentatively planning on an open house in April.
He said Liz Shutler of guest services schedules many outside events including field trips like attending Mahoning Valley Scrapper's games along with a "cooking show" and celebrating the usual holiday venues.
Flickenger said the staff works to create moments in time when family members want to visit their loved ones beyond their routine schedule.
Auburn handles Midicare, Medicaid and multiple insurance plans.
For more information visit: auburnskilled.com, or call 330-537-4621.
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