Each Parker resident is cared for by our experienced and qualified nursing staff. We provide a full complement of leading-edge nursing services including provision of prescribed medical treatment and medication, pain management, restorative care, enteral therapy, respiratory care, intravenous therapy, wound therapy, and wound and post-surgical care.We offer intermediate and skilled levels of care and many specialized services. Our nursing staff also provides compassionate assistance with day-to-day needs such as bathing, dressing and feeding.
The American Health Care Association (AHCA/NCAL) recently recognized Parker Nursing & Rehabilitation Center as one of about 1,575 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities nationwide through their QUALITY INITIATIVE RECOGNITION PROGRAM. Parker is the only skilled nursing center in the Streator area to receive this distinction. The program honors member facilities for their individual work in achieving measurable goals that improve patient experience and outcomes. These goals include such assessments as decreasing staff turnover, reducing hospital readmissions, improving discharge rates back to the community, and reducing unintended healthcare outcomes.
Twenty-two patients at LaSalle County Nursing Home were evacuated Tuesday and relocated to Parker Nursing Home in Streator, Ill., which is about 20 miles south of Ottawa. Parker employees brought the patients' supplies, medications and personal belongings with them.
Kelsia Phillips, an administrator at Parker, said Wednesday a majority of the patients rescued have dementia. She is working to get in touch with each patient's family, to let them know their loved ones are safe.
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Three tornadoes, the strongest rated an EF-3, struck small towns in LaSalle County on February 28, 2017 severely damaging LaSalle County Nursing Home in Ottawa, IL. Employees there reached out to Parker stating they needed immediate help relocating their patients.
Parker's staff quickly assembled to both prepare for the incoming patients and to plan how to safely retrieve them from the County Home. Those staff who owned SUVs or vans formed a caravan that also included Parker's bus. Driving through dangerous road conditions of scattered debris, downed wires, blocked roads, and damaged trees -- the aftermath of the day's severe weather -- they slowly threaded their way to the County Home. Normally, a 30-minute ride took them an hour.
Parker's administrator, Kelsia Phillips, recalls what happened. "The County Home staff were calm and well organized when they greeted us. They gave us the patients' personal belongings, supplies, and medications for transport back to Parker. Once we loaded the patients onto our bus we decided to sing, to help lighten the mood and create a calmer atmosphere. They chose "Amazing Grace," and that's what we sang all the way back to Parker."
Their caravan was also joined by an ambulance transporting two additional patients back to Parker.
Kelsia noted that the patients, many of whom have dementia, did not appear scared or in any distress.
"The tornado came quickly," noted Mary Lou Schomas, whose husband was transported from the LaSalle County home to Parker. "I was in my basement for hours with only my weather radio, its flashlight, and a crossword puzzle to keep me company. A County Home nurse called me around midnight to let me know where my husband had been transferred to. I was grateful for the information which put my mind at ease."
Kelsia and her team continue working closely with the County Home staff to coordinate clinical care and to help the new residents feel at home in their new surroundings.
"I'd like to reassure families that if they'd like to continue having their loved one reside with us, we'd love to have them stay. At this point, the County Home still does not know how long it will take before they can be repaired and able to accept their patients back again. To avoid another move for these families, they're welcome to consider Parker as their new home."
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