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Skilled Nursing Care & Rehabilitation Testimonials

I fell on the ice and broke my leg on January 27, 2020.  Following surgery in Des Moines, I needed to continue my recovery at a skilled nursing facility and was provided a list of 10 possible locations in and around Grinnell.  After reviewing all of my options, I chose St. Francis Manor where I spent one month rehabilitating my leg. I received physical and occupational therapy every day while being cared for by very professional and caring nurses and aides.

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Dick Ritter

Linda Overturf of Malcom came to St. Francis Manor for skilled care (nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy) following hip replacement surgery which broke her femur (thigh bone) in November 2018. According to Linda’s daughter, Jane Axmear, “Mom was received with open arms upon arriving at St. Francis Manor late in the afternoon and by bedtime she was already adjusting to the idea of Christmas at the Manor.” During her stay, Linda received daily physical and occupational therapies to help her manage pain and regain her strength and balance so that she could safely return home. “I looked forward to therapy and the schedule of events which made the days fly by,” said Linda. “My husband visited daily and was made comfortable as well. We even took afternoon naps together in our recliners—just like we do at home!”

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Linda Overturf

Due to a number of recent health issues, Larry Criswell of Grinnell has been in and out of the hospital numerous times since December 2018. Following his most recent hospitalization, Larry chose to have rehab at St. Francis Manor to regain his strength and balance before safely returning home. “I’ve always heard very good things about St. Francis Manor and its Rehabilitation Clinic and knew it was the place to go,” said Larry. “I received very good care and the food was very good too—thanks to my daughter, Cindy (Dietary Manager)!”

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Larry Criswell

After falling three times at home last autumn, I found myself with a broken arm and a badly bruised body.  I chose to recuperate at St. Francis Manor where I received outstanding care from all departments.  I was so fortunate to receive physical therapy and occupational therapy several times a day, seven days a week.  I owe them all the credit for my quick recuperation which made it possible for me to go home in less than a month and to continue receiving therapy on an outpatient basis through the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor until I fully regained my strength, balance and mobility.

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Marcia Kellogg

Gordon Canfield retired on December 31, 2017, after serving as Grinnell’s Mayor for 18 years. “Other than the normal aches and pains associated with being an older person, I was fairly healthy while serving as Mayor,” said Gordon. “My retirement got off to a discouraging start when I began experiencing severe stomach pain in March, underwent a 4-hour surgery to remove my gall bladder, and subsequently had other complications which led to significant blood loss.”

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Gordon Canfield

"Marjory Kaloupek experienced an unfortunate fall in her home last Halloween which shattered her shoulder and required a reverse shoulder replacement. Following her hospital stay, Marge received skilled care at St. Francis Manor until she was able to safely return home. Marge continued her therapy on an outpatient basis through the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor and will “graduate” from therapy around the beginning of March."

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Marjory Kaloupek

"My original plan was to obtain outpatient therapy at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor following knee replacement surgery in February as I had heard great comments about the therapy team at St. Francis Manor and knew I wanted to use their services.  However, due to complications during surgery, I found myself in need of skilled care services instead.  I am thankful I could go to St. Francis Manor for skilled care as well as physical and occupational therapy.  After 3 weeks of skilled care, and with the help of many caring, helpful and uplifting staff members, I was able to return home and continue therapy on an outpatient basis through the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor."

Deb Arment

"Gordon Van Donselaar and his late wife, Lois, took care of people for over 20 years in their health care facility, Friendship Manor.  Following surgery to replace a heart valve in November of 2015, Gordon found himself on the other side of nursing care—he was now the customer needing skilled care!  Gordon said, “I knew St. Francis Manor had great therapy so I wanted to go there.  I was thankful they had a bed open and I had a place to help me recover.” 

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Gordon Van Donselaar

“The care I received from St. Francis Manor and the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor after an unexpected hospitalization far exceeded my expectations.  Everyone—including the skilled nursing staff; the physical, occupational and speech therapists; the staff in dietary, activities, housekeeping, laundry and transportation; and all the management—showed me so much compassion and care.

My progress was continually evaluated until I achieved my rehab program goals.  I am sincerely grateful to the entire St. Francis Manor staff for helping me regain the strength to safely return home after seven weeks of skilled care and therapy.  If I need rehab services in the future, I would definitely put my trust in the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor again!”

Sally Kelm

“After suffering a massive cerebral stroke and losing the use of my right side for a few days, I chose the rehabilitation facility that would give me the most hours of rehab and still be close to my family—St. Francis Manor was the best fit. The nurses were great and made me feel at home. Then I met the rehab therapists—such a great team! With all their great equipment and even more patience, I went from a walker to a cane and then home with continued out-patient therapy twice a week until no longer needed.”

Judy Hall

“St. Francis Manor has seen me through two knee replacements, from the beginning stage of recovering in the healthcare center to continued therapy through out-patient services after I returned home. The great service from all the staff made it an obvious choice for my wife after her recent knee replacements as she begins her treatment and therapy. It also emphasized to me the importance of staying active!”

Keith Bailey

“After completing physical therapy following double knee replacement surgery, I’m well on my way to recovery and I owe it all to the staff at St. Francis Manor. Their knowledge and professionalism have made my experience here great, and the modern Rehabilitation Clinic with updated equipment, such as electrical stimulation and omnicycle weight machines is first-class.”

Dana Melcher

“Everyone from aides, nursing home staff, administration and office staff worked to make Russ’s stay comfortable as he recovered enough to return home. We feel fortunate to have had the expertise with physical therapy.”

Leila Spearman
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