Hospital-Based Extended Care Services

Munson Healthcare provides compassionate and skilled care for seniors, but also for people of any age in northern Michigan who need short- or long-term assistance.

As part of an entire system of care, Munson Healthcare’s extended care services in Frankfort, GaylordGrayling, and Kalkaska are hospital-based. That means physicians and emergency medical care are available 24 hours a day, working together and coordinating care.

We offer a range of services to help you:

  • Provide consistent care and support for long-term care needs.

  • Better manage disabilities or chronic illnesses with the security of 24-hour support. 

  • Heal after surgery or a hospital stay.

  • Live comfortably with limited assistance.

Our team also provides respite care for temporary caregiver support. Our friendly and qualified staff is ready to guide you and your family every step of the way.

We provide a home-like environment that promotes enjoyment of life. Our team members deliver care that meets the physical, social, and emotional needs of our residents. We’re dedicated to helping every person function at their highest level.

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Understanding Extended Care Options

Assisted living, skilled nursing, and long-term care are terms that are often confused. They are, in fact, different levels of care that can vary depending on your needs.

Assisted living facilities provide several levels of care. They can be for individuals who have been recently discharged from the hospital and need recovery support before safely returning home. Or, assisted living can be for people – often seniors – who can no longer live independently but don’t require the advanced care provided in skilled nursing or long-term care facilities. Assisted living facilities can greatly differ in size, services offered, licensure, cost, and admission criteria.

A skilled nursing facility offers expert short-term nursing care and rehabilitative stays that typically last two or three weeks, although Medicare will cover services for up to 100 days. Most often, the goal of a skilled nursing facility is for the person to return home or to an assisted living facility. Some people may move to a long-term care facility, though, depending on specific health needs.

A long-term care facility is typically for older adults and people with disabilities or chronic illness who require 24-hour nursing support. In many cases, long-term and skilled nursing services are offered in the same place.

The decision to move into a more supportive life setting such as assisted living or long-term care is an important one. We offer facility tours and are prepared to answer any questions you or your loved ones may have, especially about admission criteria and requirements. Other extended care options, such as home care or private duty nursing, also may be appropriate. Together with your health care provider’s input, all options should be considered for the highest quality of life.

Variety of Locations for Individual Needs

Munson Healthcare offers assisted living and long-term care, as well as short- and long-term skilled nursing rehabilitation, at several convenient locations. They include:

Skilled Professionals for Any Need

Munson Healthcare’s team of senior care experts provide skilled nursing and long-term clinical care, taking a compassionate approach for any need. We improve the quality of life for our seniors one at a time – with an entire support team, including:

  • Medical director

  • Registered nurses – 24 hours a day

  • Licensed practical nurses

  • Certified nursing assistants

  • Respiratory therapist

  • Speech therapist

  • Certified activity professional

  • Physical therapist

  • Occupational therapist

  • Social workers

  • Certified wound care specialist

Enhance Well-Being with the Eden Difference

The Eden Alternative® is an international organization founded in the early 1990s that is dedicated to creating a high quality of life for seniors, wherever they live. The Eden philosophy focuses on bringing together seniors and caregivers to collaborate as “care partners.” Together, care partner teams enhance well-being by eliminating three challenges common among seniors: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

Munson Healthcare offers an Eden Alternative® environment at its Eden Center adjacent to Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.

Enjoy Meaningful Living Experiences

The Green House Project® is a scientifically studied national program for seniors where residential buildings operate like a home. Everyone can enjoy time together in common living spaces that include a living room, dining room, and kitchen area. Staff dedicated to the home build meaningful relationships with residents while meeting their personal care needs and preferences. This unique living environment is only available at six locations in Michigan.

Munson Healthcare opened its first designated Green House adjacent to Kalkaska Memorial Health Center in 2016, featuring private bedrooms and bathrooms along with shared “family” space for cooking, dining, and socializing. The homes are fully licensed to deliver skilled nursing care in a small-scale setting.

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