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Dear Family and Friends,
We understand the huge toll that separation has taken on our residents and families. We are excited to announce that our Genesis-affiliated Centers will now allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents (regardless of vaccination status), with the exception of the three scenarios listed below. CMS, the federal agency that regulates nursing centers, has updated its visitation guidance due to high resident vaccination rates and a drop in COVID-19 cases around the country. read more
333 Green End Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842
Grand Islander Center is located on Aquidneck Island, a suburban, coastal area of Rhode Island. The Island encompasses three towns: Portsmouth, Middletown and the historic city of Newport. Aquidneck Island is a juxtaposition of rolling pasture land and seaside beauty pocketed by urban-like sprawl. We provide Alzheimer's/dementia care in a secure Homestead Unit; LongTerm, Palliative, Restorative and Pain Management Care; and intensive nursing and rehabilitative care for patients recovering from surgery or illness in our Transitional Care Unit. Grand Islander Center is the recipient of the American Health Care Association's Bronze, Silver and Gold Quality Awards.
Dementia Care Education by Genesis HealthCare is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for incorporating the evidenced-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication.
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- ShortStay care
- Transitional Care Unit
- LongTerm care
- Memory Support
- Cardiac Management Program
- Neurological care and rehabilitation
- Respite care
- Palliative care
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation - including joint replacement, injuries and amputation
- On-site Medical Director
- On-site Nurse Practitioner
- Attending Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- IV Therapy
- Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
- Audiology care
- Colostomy care
- Dementia care
- Dental care
- Personal care
- Pet therapy
- Physiatry services
- Podiatry care
- Psychiatric services
- Vision care
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Pain management
- Case management
- Dietary and nutrition needs management
- Discharge planning
- Individual treatment plans
- Medication management
- 24-hour emergency alert and response system
- Coordinated transportation
- Cultural, educational, religious and social activities
- Recreation activities
- Fully air conditioned
- Individual climate control
- Activity room
- Fitness room
- Wellness programs
- Beautiful Garden(s) / Courtyard(s)
- Conveniently Located
- Scenic views
- Suburban setting
- Cable Television
- Café with always available menu options
- Comfortable common and lounge areas to gather with friends and family
- Dining Room
- In-room dining options
- Private dining rooms for family gatherings
- Restaurant-Style Dining
- Spa Services
- Alarm system to aid in the security of residents with cognitive deficits
- Complimentary laundry facility on-site
- Computer with internet access
- Mail and Newspaper Service
- Pharmaceutical delivery service
- Phone service
- Wireless Internet
- Fireplace in living room
- Smoke free environment
Ellen DowningCenter Executive Director
Ellen joined the Grand Islander team in February, 2021. She has been in Long Term Care for 25 years. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Social Work. After being a Director of Social Services for many years she went back to school to get her Nursing Home Administrator's license. She has spent most of her career working and running inner city Nursing homes. Her dream was always to work back on the island. Ellen feels that keeping an open mind and listening is one of the most important aspects of leading. "Often times its life's lessons that provide the best insight when assisting others." Despite her knowledge in Social Services nothing challenged her more than the learning curve when her father became ill. She started receiving calls from Nurses, Doctors and Social Workers, she was then placed in the shoes of many she has helped. Her experiences brought her a deeper appreciation of what residents and their family endure during illness. Ellen is a native 'Islander". She lives in Portsmouth with her husband Jim, their son Jack and two pugs Stella and Rocco.
Tanya LawtonCenter Nurse Executive
Tanya began her career in nursing at the Grand Islander Center in 2000. She graduated with her associate degree in nursing from CCRI . She had numerous years of hands on clinical experience. She quickly was promoted to the center weekend supervisor for several years and handled many facets of Administration overseeing all the staff and residents as well as managing the various departmental needs of the center. Again she was acknowledged and earned a promotion to a Unit Manger on one of the two long term care units in the center. Tanya prides herself on being committed to quality care and customer excellence. Now with over 20 years of experience she has taken on the role as Center Nurse Executive.
Michele Thurman, LNHAAdmissions Director
Michele has been with Grand Islander and Genesis HealthCare for the last 15 years as Admissions and Marketing Director. Prior to coming to Genesis, Michele spent 10 years as a Nursing Home Administrator in Rhode Island. She has committed over 30 years to the improvement of health care services in her community.
Hanna Allain, COTA/LRehabilitation Program Director
Hanna joined the Grand Islander team in 2007. She earned her degree from Bristol Community College and completed her internship at Butler Hospital, Geriatric Unit. Hanna is currently enrolled in the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth's Health Care Management Program.
Sarah KonecnikDementia Unit Program Director
Sarah joined Genesis as Grand Islander's Program Director in 2020. Prior, she attended James Madison University for her Bachelor of Arts in Health Communications and Gerontology and then University of Southern California for her Master of Arts in Gerontology. Sarah has previously worked in marketing/communications, operations, and sales roles within the senior living industry. She is also a certified dementia practitioner.
Best decision I ever made to go to rehab at the Grand Islander. I will never forget it! Sucha a happy suprising visit here. The staff was so very attentive, kind, well mannered from RNs to the people who deliver food- just superb! Such a nice feeling to be cared for and know they mean it!
- M.S. 11/14/2014
Like family to me!
The staff at Grand Islander are like family to me! There is nothing they haven't done for me! I have never had anyone care about me this much.
- R.P. 12/15/2014
"I was ambivalent about coming but fell in love with everyone! I was taken care of so well by Nurses, CNAs and Therapists! On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give Grand Islander a 20!”
"The transitional care unit is well run, clean, good food. Rehab is geared to each patient." - V.T.
"PT department is outstanding!! They are knowledgeable about what needs to be done for each patient. Their smiles and encouraging words are so meaningful. Their handling of the patient is gentle but firm. Thanks so much all of you." - D.W.
"Therapy at Grand Islander is excellent.... been to 5 (centers) - this by far is the best." - M.N.
Amazing Staff at the Grand Islander
"Because of the staff at Grand Islander, I'm doing so much better with my recovery than expected."
The staff there is the kindest, nicest group of people I ever met!
I would definitely return!
"The Grand Islander really knows how to treat Patients! The Therapist, Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants were all wonderful, especially Physical Therapist, Guion Williams! On a scale of 1 to 10, I give CNA, Jennie Crawford a 10! She deserves so much praise! I really enjoyed all the attention she gave me, she even did my hair! I have no complaints, in fact, I did not meet one person I did not like! I would definitely return to the Grand Islander if needed!
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