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10/23/2012 5:00:00 PM
Blythe Nursing Care Center wants patients to stay local
The Blythe Nursing Care Center on Chanslorway, the only local nursing home in the Blythe area, is urging locals to stay in town when seeking long-term medical care.
The Blythe Nursing Care Center on Chanslorway, the only local nursing home in the Blythe area, is urging locals to stay in town when seeking long-term medical care.

Marty Bachman

BLYTHE - Blythe Nursing Care Center (BNCC) is struggling to make ends meet and wants Blythe residents to know that even if their loved ones are released from an out-of-town hospital for long-term care, they can stay close to home and family.

"I want the people here in town to know that even if they go to a hospital out in Palm Desert, if they need to transfer to our facility, we will pay for the costs of transportation from whatever hospital they're in and transfer them - and even transfer them back to their doctor for appointments," said BNCC owner Sandy Blessing. "They have a right to come back here."

Blessing took over the area's only local nursing home in March 2004 and in that time has made considerable improvements to the operation with plans to expand even further by developing an assisted living facility. She has invested in new beds, replacing the old crank models, and put in new flooring for the first time since the home opened in 1964.

The building was painted inside and out and the nurse's station was remodeled as were the dining room, the lobby and the physical therapy areas. She also put in a lot of money bringing patients' rooms up to high standards and she is currently upgrading the utilities room, taking out cupboards and adding shutters.

"I wouldn't want anyone living where I wouldn't want my mom living," Blessing said. "In eight-and-a-half years we've developed a good reputation. It's not a fancy-looking facility but we do everything that any skilled nursing facility in the state does. People need to know that we have full, skilled nursing services, and with our physical therapy, we can do everything they do in every other nursing home."

The nursing home employs more than 60 local residents and Blessing said that her staff is what makes staying at the home a more pleasant experience.

"We're trying to give back as much as we can to the staff," she said. "We started with Christmas bonuses and a party with lots of gifts so that the staff feels appreciated. That's what's important to me."

Blessing is concerned about the future existence of the nursing home, as many locals who are hospitalized out of town and later referred to a nursing care center far from Blythe, don't realize they can request a spot at the Blythe Nursing Care Center, which is closer to family and friends.

"I'm worried that patients are being discharged from hospitals in Palm Desert not knowing they have the right to say 'I want to be sent to Blythe and BNCC,'" Blessing said. "A lot of people can't drive 100 miles to visit their loved ones they want their mom and dad close by. A lot of people feel lost in the bigger facilities - some are more like hotels, not homes."

Blessing said that at BNCC, people know each other and there's a lot of familiarity. She said that it was easier for friends to visit locally but that many won't necessarily travel to Palm Springs for visits.

"There's a lot of camaraderie there - a lot of family feeling about it," she said.

She said that Blythe Nursing Care Center was awarded four out of five stars by the federal government and only missed the five star rating because they can't afford round-the-clock RN care.

"We're too small to pay for that but we get excellent surveys every year and anything that people want to judge us on, we look good," she said. "We have good food, comfortable beds and our residents don't just sit around the facility - we take them to the fair, the parades and the Bluegrass Festival. At Halloween we give out big candy bars to all the kid who want to come over to trick and treat. There's lot going on... not just a lot of sitting around waiting."

Blessing bought the property and five acres next door last September and her goal now is to one day open an assisted living facility.

"We desperately need something like that," she said.

Blessing, who hails from Oceanside but bought a home in Blythe two years ago, finds herself and her family spending more and more time in the area.

"We want to see the town grow and get stronger," she said. "We get a lot of support from the community and we're grateful for all the support they've given us."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Teena Conrad

My mom is in the BNCC and has been for the past 5 months. She was there previously and recovered from a fall. My brother and I are very pleased with the BNCC/Sandy Blessing/Kat Currier and the whole staff.
I think the article title and first paragraph sounds a bit negative and probably was not intended to be so. So I apologize if I misunderstood the writers purpose. Nevertheless...we heartily endorse using the local facility.
They really go out of their way to give excellent care, provide nutritious and tasty meals and the social schedule of activities is not out-done by any other facility I have visited.
It is very emotional to see many of the residents that have identities that do not even resemble the person you may have once known but the staff serves day in and day out with residents who are in various stages of end life development. They are really well staffed and the residents get lots of love and attention.
If you have never visited, I encourage you to go to the Nurses Station and find out if you can volunteer to help with bingo, card games, painting fingernails or bring in a simple craft to do.
The last thing my mom said before I left this afternoon was...."I never thought it would be this way did you?" While she was very short of breath and eyes sunken in her head... she still manages to smile. So please...go visit the BNCC because none of us know exactly "how it will be" ...but BNCC....loves and cares for the residents.
Thank you,
Teena Hughes Conrad

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: just me

I, am as well sorry for the struggle you are facing .sounds like you have done very well this far..I will pray for you and the other employees as well the patients.I along with the shadow knows..I will help you by voting Carney and Carlton ..God bless you.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: SICK OF THE LIES

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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

You know it's a bad sign when the owner of the Nursing Home know that people are taking their family members out of town due the inefficiency of this hospital. I want to know what the hospital can do in an emergency, other than stabilize the patient and then fly him or her out of town. It appears that, this hospital makes money is in the emergency room. By charging big time on patients emergency services. The other party that is making money here also is the medical transporting businesses here. Why do they hire nurses from out of town? instead of hiring local. It's sad when this hospital, can't provide decent care for anybody. That way it would provide jobs for the locals and also help the nursing home. Both place would benefit from this. Hiring more people. More patients means more jobs.

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: The Shadow knows

So sorry to hear that your business is not doing well. The hospital is suffering from low census as well. Staff is being sent home, people can't survive like this. The only ones not hurting from this is the doctors! The big chief says hold on admissions and the littlle sheep follow. You need to appeal to the doctors as well as the local people. We need to take control of our hospital! Vote Carney and Carlton!

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