Our vision at Elmhurst Extended Care Center has always been to provide the highest quality of care for our residents and their families centered around a home-like environment filled with love, compassion, and a positive outlook for any that stay with us.
In pursuit of continuing and advancing our already high level of care, we purchased land adjacent to our current location and applied to expand our facility to ultimately provide our residents with the accommodations they deserve.
Elmhurst City Council Approves Expansion
The new, two-story, 31,000 square foot building has officially been approved by Elmhurst City Council and will expand our current Lake Street facility onto Fremont Street. The new building will attach directly to our current location.
This new addition to our facility will bring so much more to our current and future residents. Here are just a few ways the expanded Elmhurst Extended Care Facility will benefit those that stay with us:
More Room for Residents
Once the expansion is complete, our facility will be able to fully utilize its 108 bed license. Currently, the facility operates approximately 85 beds to prevent overcrowding.
In an effort to afford more privacy as well as the home-like environment our residents truly appreciate, the enlarged facility will offer 54 private rooms. These private rooms provide the ability to enjoy extra comfort as well as an increased level of patient care.
For those that are paying privately and are looking for ways to save money, we will also have 27 semi-private rooms.
More Variety in Nutrition
Something we are very excited about at Elmhurst Extended Care Center is the coming of cook-to-order option we will be able to offer with the completion of the expansion!
Residents will have the option to place orders for their meals similar to ordering room service at a hotel. This option is another that really drives home the importance we place on having our residents feel like they’re at home.
For any residents that aren’t able to order for themselves, we will still feature a set menu full of balanced, nutritious meals like we do now.
We are excited about expanding our facility! These improvements will amplify our continuous, high level of care, allowing our residents and their families to feel confident in knowing they’ve chosen the best place for themselves and their loved ones.
While a definitive date has not yet been set, Elmhurst Extended Care Center hopes to break ground this fall!
Elmhurst Extended Care Center takes great pride in our staff. Our skilled nursing facility is filled with a great group of caring people, making it a welcoming place for residents and their families. Our administrator, Love, is no exception. Having started as an intern in 2007 with EECC and then coming on full-time the following year, Love has helped in every department, and eventually accepted the position of Administrator as he truly valued the family-first mentality of our facility.
We sat down with Love to get an exclusive view of what brought him here and why he continues to be at the heart of Elmhurst Extended Care Center.
What brought you to choose to intern at EECC?
I wanted to intern at Elmhurst Extended Care Center because I was looking for a career path. I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do going into my last semester in college. I talked to family and friends and my mom was the one that suggested I go to EECC to see if it would be a good fit. She had been employed at EECC for long before that and thought it was a great place to work. I agreed once I started coming in.
What does your day-to-day look like as the Administrator?
My day-to-day changes everyday. That’s actually one of the reasons I like this position so much. It never gets dull or repetitive. My job is to oversee all of the operations, supplement the departments, and give them the tools that they need to succeed. That includes hiring new staff, creating and revising policies and procedures, negotiating contracts, resolving conflicts, handling investigations, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, and whatever else comes to my attention.
What do you believe sets EECC apart from other skilled nursing facilities?
Elmhurst Extended Care Center is different than other skilled nursing facilities because we are a small family business. We are here everyday and care about the people that have trusted us to help them. We treat our staff, residents, and their families like we would our own. The staff are our own employees, they aren’t contracted from another corporation. Our residents are cared for by the same people everyday and are able to build relationships with us. For people that want a personal touch when they get care, come to us.
Elmhurst Extended Care Center is proud to announce that our skilled nursing facility has received another “5” rating – the highest rating able to achieve – and are considered one of the Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report. We work hard to make sure our facility is the best it can possibly be for our residents and their families, and we’re excited that we continue to make this distinguished list.
Who receives a Top Performing rating?
Every year, U.S. News & World Report evaluates over 15,000 skilled nursing facilities across the country. These nursing homes are rated from a 1 (poor grade) to a 5 (top performing), and any that receive a grade of 4.5 or higher qualify for the Top Performing rating.
How is a skilled nursing facility rated?
Data is pulled from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is a federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. Each skilled nursing facility is looked at in the following three areas of performance to help determine their grade: