To better understand the changing role of nursing homes in the delivery of healthcare in Georgia, Rep. Austin Scott made a visit to the Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia Wednesday afternoon.
Scott was welcomed by Rita Hudson, administrator, and Bill Davis, CEO of Crossroads Medical Management, who guided him on a tour of the facility. He was able to be a part of the residents’ 1970s-themed party held for National Nursing Home Week, during which residents enjoyed activities like Bingo, safari and fiesta days, water activities and a tug of war.
Through conversation with staff and Davis, Scott gained a better understanding of issues surrounding the care of the sick, frail and elderly in Georgia and the impact of changes in Georgia’s Medicaid reimbursement.
He thanked the Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia for its commitment and dedication to the community, and he was able to see many familiar faces that he has known in and among the community of Tifton for a long time.
“We were very happy and encouraged to have Rep. Scott visit the Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia today, especially since he is a Tifton native,” said Hudson. “We were impressed that he took time out of his busy schedule to talk with staff about our concerns and to view, first-hand, the care delivered here.”
The Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia is located at 2002 Tift Ave. N. and has been serving the community since 1964. With 178 beds, the skilled nursing facility provides care through 165 employees to residents who may only need short-term rehabilitation or to those who may need long-term skilled nursing care.