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May 23, 2023
In April, The Covington proudly opened five Care Suites. These customized suites offer 24-hour nursing care and recovery care to residents returning from a stay in the hospital.
“We knew there was a need for short-term, round the clock access to support,” says Cash Benton, Executive Director of The Covington, “so we designed the Care Suites, specifically for those needing a place to recover before returning to their homes.”
The Suites have a range of exceptional features. The beds can be adjusted to any height and have specially selected, hypoallergenic mattresses designed for those who might be spending more time in bed. The bathrooms are freshly updated with extra-wide shower entrances. The living areas can accommodate both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy sessions and have a lift chair for ease of use.
To allow for welcoming visiting friends and family, there is a microwave, a full set of dishes and a fridge stocked with snacks. The in-suite dining room table allows residents to eat in their room if they choose, or they can dine with other residents in one of The Covington’s three restaurants. In addition, the 60-inch TVs allow residents to watch their favorite shows, follow exercise programs, communicate with family and more.
In addition to the thoughtful amenities, each resident in a Care Suite has access to round-the-clock nursing care if needed and has a dedicated Team Member available at all hours. A nurse practitioner admits the resident to the Care Suite and follows up throughout their stay, so residents are assured their care is consistent and monitored. “The average stay is about two weeks,” Cash says.
Karen Mauro experienced the Care Suites first-hand, when her friend Jim Espinoza returned to The Covington from hospital, following a procedure. “The experience has been great,” Karen says. “Jim has recuperated so well.”
Karen noted how seamless the transition was in the Care Suites. “There were so many thoughtful touches,” she says. “All his clothes were in the Care Suite waiting for him.” The long tenure of the Team Members at The Covington supports the transition as well. “And all the staff are so wonderful. They know everyone’s name.”
These new Care Suites are located in the same building as our Assisted Living, Orange County residences in Aliso Viejo and are available to any resident of The Covington. Karen was struck by the warm, caring environment. “The atmosphere and quality of care give me such a sense of confidence. I’m thrilled that when I think about my future life, should I need it, the Care Suites are available for me.”
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