Fountain Blue Rehab & Nursing: Where Residents, Employees & Community Form Relationships
By Clarence Thomas, Jr.; CEO/Communications Director, Visionary Communications
Angie Henry of Macon was facing a hard choice. To put her 93-year-old mother in a nursing facility or not. But after careful consideration and a long period of vetting, she decided to, and settled on Fountain Blue Rehab & Nursing.
Doris Cantrell, Henry’s mom, had succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease significantly. In addition to losing memory, Cantrell had become combative when trying to assist her says Henry. This combination caused the preschool teacher’s assistant to look long and hard. She says the Fountain Blue staff’s outreach and embrace of her mom convinced her they were the one. “They were just so nice. I just felt comfortable putting her there, “said Henry. “I can’t say enough about the staff.”
Henry’s comfort and satisfaction is likely attributable to the Fountain Blue staff’s buy in to the rehabilitation and care center’s mission… “creating a home where residents, employees and community form relationships that encourages individuality, personal integrity and service to each other”. Having a first-rate facility doesn’t hurt either. Fountain Blue is most inviting. Since 1965 the building has been nestled off Route 75 between Macon and Warner Robins in a country like setting complete with a nature friendly Memory Garden for relaxation and reflection. It has operated under other names but was established under its current name in August of last year.
The 97-bed facility has been newly upgraded and offers a range of services including: short- and long-term care; in-house wound care doctor and nurses; a restorative team; speech therapy; strength & conditioning therapy; hospice care; and respite care, to name a few. Amenities are abounding. Residents’ families can choose private or semi-private rooms. When not taking it easy in their own space, residents can enjoy creature comforts like on site laundry service; a beauty and barber shop; religious and social services; free Wi-Fi; resident council and shopping; and organized activities for individuals or groups created by Fountain Blue’s Dedicated Activities Department. Whamo, bingo and Tasty Tuesday – a day dedicated to food sampling – are popular among residents.
Nursing, Medical and Rehabilitation services at Fountain Blue are varied. Medication management, wound care and IV Therapy is available in addition to physical, occupational and speech/language therapies; which are offered every day of the week. Safety is a premium as well. Fountain Blue patients are secured with a pin pad entry on the entrances and exits. Jennifer “Sunshine” Stringer is the facility’s Admissions and Marketing Director. She say’s what really sets Fountain Blue apart from their competition is 24 hours admissions, the allowance of special personal items, a commitment to creating public awareness and the family atmosphere. “It’s always been a place that people can come to heal their bodies, minds and spirits. Our staff members even have relatives here,” Stringer said. “It’s like home for residents. This helps the residents adjust in an easier way.”
Convenience is another strength of Fountain Blue Rehab & Nursing. Its proximity to Navicent Health, Coliseum Health System, Houston Medical Center and other Middle Georgia hospitals make it attractive. Stringer says Fountain Blue serves all people and relies heavily on a good word. Fifty percent of the facility’s business comes from community referrals according to Stringer. She says Fountain Blue makes it a point to go above and beyond the call of duty. “We keep the humanity in this process,” she said. Henry supports Stringer’s claims. “I can’t say enough good things about this place,” she said. “I would definitely recommend them.”
Find out more about Fountain Blue Rehab & Nursing by calling 478-347-2400, emailing staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, viewing the business’ web site www.fountainbluerehab.com or visiting in person at 3051 Whiteside Road in Macon. Follow Fountain Blue as well on Facebook.