Long- or short-term care?

Award-winning Axiom Healthcare Services offers options for seniors

Written by Amy Palser

When is the right time to seek long- or short-term care for your aging loved one? It’s not the easiest question to answer, said John Brand, VP of operations for Axiom Healthcare Services in Wichita. Just as every person is unique, so are the circumstances that may require improved care. And the decision can be an emotional one, especially if it involves an aging parent.

“Every situation is a little bit different,” Brand said. “We want to work with you to meet your needs, whether it’s a short stay for respite, or to meet your long-term care needs.” With three care communities in the Wichita area offering both short- and long-term care, Brand said they can customize a plan for every family’s needs — even allowing new move-ins during the Covid crisis with special safety precautions and accommodations.

Axiom’s three communities are Family Health & Rehab in west Wichita, Reeds Cove Health & Rehab in east Wichita, and Derby Health & Rehab in Derby. Rehabilitation patients can get physical, occupational and speech therapies, while long-term residents are assisted and supported to achieve their highest potential to continue living a full and active life.

“We don’t just take care of the resident — the family is part of our family, too, and we want to make sure their needs are being met as well,” said Brand, who also is executive director of Derby Health & Rehab.

Here are a few common scenarios that prompt families to seek care for their aging loved one, whether it’s short or long term:

When the person has a medical condition that they can’t manage at home anymore. “That’s typically the big thing, that someone is hospitalized for a condition they used to manage at home but can’t anymore,” Brand said. Hospitalization for a medical issue often requires extra care after the patient is discharged, and a care community can help provide that support, whether on a short-term or long-term basis.

When an accident or injury at home leads to hospitalization. Returning home after being hospitalized for an injury might not be the best option for a patient, and perhaps isn’t safe or feasible. A care community can provide a safe environment, rehabilitation, three meals a day, and regular medication dispensation. It also provides peace of mind for the patient’s family.

When a caregiver can no longer manage the care. Sometimes a patient’s declining health and mobility makes it difficult for a caregiver to perform the tasks and services they once could. On the other hand, Brand said, it might be the caregivers who develop health issues or injuries that prevent them from caring for someone.

When the caregiver needs a respite. “There are times when you may be exhausted and just need a break. We can provide respite care to give the family a break, recharge their batteries and the loved one can go back home,” Brand said.

National Award Winners

All three Axiom Healthcare Services facilities in the Wichita area have received 5-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, based on health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Of the 34 facilities in the Wichita area, only nine are 5-star rated.

The three also have received National Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association. Derby Health & Rehab and Reeds Cove Health & Rehab both earned Silver Awards (only nine Silver Awards have ever been won in Kansas). Family Health & Rehab received a Bronze Award.

Family Health & Rehab
639 S. Maize Court
Wichita, KS 67209

Reeds Cove Health & Rehab
2114 N. 127th Court East
Wichita, KS 67206

Derby Health & Rehab
731 Klein Circle
Derby, KS 67037

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