St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia, a Lakes Region skilled nursing rehab and long-term care facility, will open its 9,000 square-foot expansion, featuring a new wing with a rehabilitation gym, seven private rooms and a community education classroom.
According to a statement, for individuals requiring short-term, post-acute, 24-hour skilled nursing care, the new wing will allow for more frequent rehabilitation therapy, added privacy and the use of innovative equipment to facilitate a quick and effective return to life at home.
Skilled services include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy, from St. Francis’ dedicated team of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, dieticians, social workers and nursing assistants. The new gym – with views of Lake Winnisquam and the White Mountains in the distance – includes advanced therapeutic exercise systems, as well as a fully equipped bathroom and kitchenette and for residents to simulate the many facets of daily living required to function on an independent level and is more than four times the size the current gym.
The new classroom will enhance on-site training and education for registered nurses and licensed nursing assistants.
“We’re excited not only for the expansion, but more so for what it means for the community – an environment that provides the best care possible for those transitioning from a hospital stay back home after a challenging illness, surgery or injury,” says Brenda Buttrick, RNC, LNHA, administrator of St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. “The new wing is a symbol of our commitment to our residents in giving them the healing to continue to live their lives to the fullest.”
The addition of the new wing increases the overall number of private rooms in the facility to 17.