My dad was a resident at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River. They're very short staffed and I was not happy with any of it. I especially had problems dealing with case workers or trying to speak to the case worker. They gave us wrong information more often than not.
The facility itself was beautiful because it's all just been renovated, so it's all new. There's a separate cafeteria for the staff and a separate cafeteria for patients who are allowed to be out of their rooms and about.
The problem with the nurses is that they seemed very unhappy when they had to clean my father, who was having difficulty with his bowels. He would not feel it when he had to go and dirty diaper. You could see some of the nurses, not all of them, but some of them, didn't want to be bothered, but they had no choice.
Their food was excellent. I don't know about activities because my father was not involved in anything other than physical therapy. He was pleased with the therapists. He had a speech therapist because he had a stroke.
Perhaps if they had enough people, it might not have been that way, but I know that a lot of the staff were stressed. I remember one nurse in particular who was telling us she worked 14-hour shifts, not 12 but 14, because that's how short staffed they were.
The rooms were beautiful, very well clean, and nice. They were bright with large windows. My father was in a private room. I peeked on a couple of the other rooms, and they also were very nice. They were spacious and were not tight quarters by any means.
My father was a stroke victim, so his food had to be pureed, but even pureed my father liked the food. When they finally switched him over to more solid food, he had no complaints. There were certain things he could not eat, like tiny things, like peas and corns. They made certain that he was getting the kinds of food that he could swallow. They were attentive to that point.
He was there a very short time, and I will say I believe strongly that they discharged him prematurely. This was through Medicare. Their story was that Medicare would not allow my father to stay any longer, and therefore it dictates that he be discharged. They felt he was well enough to go home, which he was not, because the trip from the hospital to his home was only a matter of 15 minutes, and after an hour or so, my father was still soiling himself. He had no control. He was not ready to go home, but they kicked him out.