Skilled Nursing
Person-Centered Care

Skilled Nursing

We are proud of our person-centered care, our activities that lead to a purposeful life, and our high ratings from the Rhode Island Health Department and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). We use an interdisciplinary team approach to care. This involves residents, families, physician, nursing staff, rehabilitative staff, social services, dietary, and activities who develop an individualized plan of care in order that each resident can meet their goals. Our compassionate and highly experienced nursing staff provides 24/7 personal care, which includes:

  • Semi-Private and Private accommodations
  • Three meals daily and snacks utilizing a selective menu
  • Cultural and Social Activities
  • Individualized Primary Care
  • Beauty/Hair Salon
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Transportation to doctor appointments, clinics, and medical appointments
  • Volunteer Services
  • 24-hour Nursing Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social Services
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Hospice Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • X-ray Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Ultrasound
  • Case Management
  • Pastoral Services & Chapel
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Skilled Nursing Services
What should I bring as a new resident?
Whether someone comes to Ballou Home for a few days or for long term care, we want them to feel like they are at home. Light clothing and personal items should be brought along with items that will warm their heart, such as family photos, small keepsakes, a treasured blanket or pillow.

We encourage you to visit Ballou ahead of time to see what items would be most appropriate. Ballou provides basic furniture and toiletries. However, items that can help provide comfort during your stay would be welcome.

Can I bring my personal medications?
The short answer is NO. All medication, even over-the-counter, must be administered by one of our care team members after admission. If you want your loved one to keep medication at bedside, we will need to obtain a doctor’s order, have the resident complete a competency assessment and ensure that the medications are locked in a drawer. You should bring your glasses and/or hearing aids.
Is a skilled nursing facility like a hospital?
A nursing home is not a hospital. Many people enter a nursing facility after a hospital stay and tend to think of the nursing facility as an extension of hospital care. However, a nursing facility is much different. Medical, rehabilitative, and nursing care is provided as needed by health care professionals and dedicated caregivers. Yet, at the same time, nursing facilities try to be homes – where people can feel comfortable and find familiar faces.

Nursing facilities do not have restrictive visiting hours like hospitals. Family members and friends are encouraged to visit. Whenever possible, the residents will eat in a dining room rather than in their rooms. Various activities and outings are offered each day to stimulate and entertain residents.

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