Dedicated Staff Makes Great Environment

SENIOR REVIEW

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Rim Country Health and Retirement Community has been serving Payson and the Rim Country for 22 years.

The original Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and the Independent Living Apartments were built in 1985, said Russ Goddard, director of admissions for the facility.

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Residents at Rim Country Health enjoy a variety of outings, including a trip to the big rodeo last August. The residents also enjoy a variety of in-house activities, such as games, bingo, movies, making fry bread and receiving visits from school children and tribal representatives.

An addition to the SNF was built in 1997 and increased the number of Medicare-certified beds to 109. In January of 2005, this privately owned facility came under new management and has become one of Payson's premier health care organizations, receiving a 95 percent on their last Arizona Department of Health review.

"The dedication and compassion of our staff is what sets us apart and is the main reason that we scored a 95 on our last state survey," said Goddard. "We have had very little turnover in our staff this past year because they really enjoy working here and that translates into excellent care for our residents."

Rim Country Health provides skilled nursing, including wound care, illness recovery, dementia and behavioral health management, long-term care, short-term respite care and end-of-life care.

Their rehabilitation department uses the latest techniques in physical, occupational and speech therapy to get the short-term residents healthy and home as quickly as possible. Qualified long-term care residents receive restorative therapy to ensure the highest level of function and quality of life possible.

Rim Country Health also has a vibrant activities department for the residents, including bingo, games, movie night, as well as Native American activities that include making homemade fry bread and visits from the various tribes. They also have outings to the rim, Green Valley Park, the local movie theater and much more.

Rim Country Health and Mogollon Health Alliance, along with other businesses and individuals in the community, have made reality, the dream of a full dialysis center here in Payson. It will be located on Rim Country Health's campus.

After more than a year of hard work, construction began in July of 2007 and the new dialysis center will be open to the public soon.

Owner's Representative, Harvey Pelovsky, states, "We are here for the community and offer the use of our meeting facilities to local nonprofit organizations, as well as education on Medicare and Arizona Long-Term Care Services (ALTCS)."

If you have any questions regarding any of the services offered by Rim Country Health please call Russ Goddard at (928) 474-1120 or check them out online at www.rimcountryhealth.com.

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