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Hickory Ridge Nursing facility serving variety of needs

4/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center is located at 721 Hickory St.
Photo courtesy of Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center
WEST AKRON — Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located at 721 Hickory St., serves a variety of residents and their needs.

Services available include skilled nursing care and physical, occupational and cognitive therapy, as well as speech language pathology, infusion therapies and comprehensive wound care, according to facility officials. The facility also cares for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in a secured wing, and also offers respite care services.

“Our residents include those that need skilled nursing care after a hospital stay and those looking for long-term care,” said Laura Rizzo, admissions and marketing director of Hickory Ridge. “In addition to a variety of rehabilitation services, we provide more supervision to adults who need it and help them with everyday living needs.”

Rizzo said residents coming from a hospital first undergo an assessment to determine if Hickory Ridge is the right facility for them. She also said the facility has medical professionals on staff and doctors also make routine visits to check on patients.

For those needing long-term care, the facility offers semi-private and private rooms all located on one floor to make it easier for residents to move around. Rizzo said the facility is home to a wide variety of residents, not just geriatric residents.

“Twenty-five percent of our residents are under 50, and they are a very active group,” said Rizzo.

Kristen Martin, activities director, said the facility offers lots of activities that interest a wide age group.

“We have a computer, pool table, bird aviary and fish tank, and the gym is open to all, not just those doing physical therapy,” said Martin. “We take shopping trips, eat out, go to the movies, go fishing and visit the theater, the zoo and the aquarium.

“We are located next to the Towpath, so its very scenic, and our grounds are very nice, with a huge pavilion for outdoor activities,” she added. “And we have an annual pig roast, July 4 picnic and a Thanksgiving Day parade.”

Martin said residents also may be signed out by family members, with a doctor’s permission, for up to 30 days a year.

Rizzo recommends anyone interested in Hickory Ridge visit and take a tour.

“We have a friendly staff that have been together for a long time,” said Rizzo. “It is hard enough to make the decision to place a family [member] in a facility, but the more information you have, the easier the decision is.”

For additional information, call 330-762-6486 or visit the website www.hickory-care.net.

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