My mother-in-law age 71 with congestive heart failure was brought there after a short hospital stay. Montowese is a convalescent home and rehab center. To rehabilitate means to restore to a former capacity. This is not evident at this facility. During the short stay, (four days), my husband and I witnessed a profound decline in the health of my mother-in-law. She lost a lot of weight over that time. In addition, when she was admitted she was attempting to get up and use the bathroom; four days later she could only lie in bed. Within four days they added many medicines to her prescription drug regime; this only added to her weakness, dizziness, and confusion. She became severely dehydrated and lapsed into a sleep that she couldnt be woken from even by shaking. If my husband hadnt stopped in to check on her that evening, she would have died within a short period of time. He insisted on calling an ambulance and having her transported to a hospital. It took the nursing home one hour to be convinced that her state was serious enough to warrant emergency medical intervention. At the hospital, it was found that two of the medicines she was on were inappropriate for her; one in fact caused her to have an extremely low heart rate of 35-45 beats per minute-something she never had experienced before. The doctor in the emergency room also told us that she was very dehydrated. Her lips were even peeling. She is now recovering in the hospital and wont be going back to Montowese.
www.medicare.com compares and rates all nursing homes in CT. (or any other state) Montowese does not include any stats on the quality of care of their patients. It is plain to us why they would not want to include this information.
Additional information: Montowese has much shorter visiting hours than other nursing homes. (12-8) Sixteen hours a day the staff, the patients and the hospital are not under public observation..
They do not give their staff random drug tests.
Montowese does not allow family to take their loved ones out on day trips like other nursing homes. They require the patient to have the rehab. Dept. approval of all trips, and that the patient meets their criteria before leaving for the day.
With all these rules and regulations in place, I find it hard to fathom how any patient at Momtowese could find it to be a positive, healing environment.