Innovative programs are shaping patients and families experiences at Three Palms skilled nursing at East Ridge.
Three Palms at East Ridge has entered into a pilot program with Florida Atlantic University and Larkin Hospital geared to educating families and patients about the decisions to go to a hospital or stay in skilled nursing for treatment.
According to Three Palms administrator, Lucy Reese, RN, the goal is to decrease the number of hospitalizations and readmissions. Data is being tracked regarding discharges and readmissions with the goal to educate families and explain the options available.
According to a guide provided to families, almost half of the transfers to a hospital may be avoidable.
“We can access someone’s condition and many tests can be provided at Three Palms. These can include X-rays, blood tests, administering oxygen, wound care, comfort care and administering IV fluids.
“In many cases, having someone continue to stay at Three Palms is less stressful than going to an emergency room. There is less of chance of being disoriented by being in an unfamiliar place. Familiar staff provides care rather than strangers,” she explained.
Also, at Three Palms skilled nursing, students from Robert Morgan Educational Center who are pursuing a degree in nursing fulfill their rotation program in skilled nursing care.
“Usually we have 10-20 students during a semester who are supervised by a clinical instructor. They are monitored on the floor by their instructor,” said Reese. “This gives students the opportunity to be exposed to the field of gerontology. They have an opportunity to have a firsthand look at working in a skilled nursing setting and gain experience. While they may have initially considered working in a hospital after graduation, their exposure to Three Palms opens their eyes to an alternative. It’s a win-win for our residents too as they like the extra attention of the students. We also try to recruit from their graduates.”