H. S. from Burlington IA
To all my new friends! I wish to Thank You all, for the great care you gave me.
You all made me feel at home, away from my home.
L. A. from Carman, IL
I would like to compliment Oak Lane Nursing &
Rehab in Stronghurst, IL for the excellent care given to my mom during
her stay there. I don't know if the community realizes what a dedicated
staff Oak Lane has and how under-appreciated they are.
The staff goes out of their way to make sure each resident under their
care has someone to talk to each and every day. They make the residents
feel at home and cared for by allowing their rooms to be decorated,
encouraging them to bring treasured mementos with them, and providing
them with dignity and respect.
The nurses approach each resident with a smile. If the resident want to
talk, they stop what they are doing and take time to listen and answer
any questions they may have.
The CNA's do their job efficiently, quickly and with compassion. It is
amazing how well they respond to each resident's needs; especially when
it seems everyone wants them at the same time.
Oak Lane is one of the few homes I have ever been in that does not smell
like urine or a hospital. It smells clean, and I find this to be an
amazing testament to the ability of the staff.
The dietary staff produces amazing meals for the residents. They are
very friendly, and each resident is treated like a customer in a
I would like to remind the residents of Henderson County that we have
one of the best nursing homes in the area, which provides a homey
atmosphere for our loved ones in a local community.
From the family of V. G.
To each of you, we would like to express
our sincere thanks for the care and compassion you offered our mother
the past five and a half years. You became family to her. Mom would wish
blessings for each of you.
J. D. from IL
Thank you so much for the wonderful care provided to
my daughter during her entire stay with all of you. We appreciated
seeing all of you at the service and sharing your memories.
B. S. from IL
We really appreciated all of the excellent care we
received. If you cannot be home, this is the next best place.
B. Z. from IL
We are thankful to the staff of Oak Lane Nursing
Home for the great care you gave our mom. Please know that we appreciate
all that you did for her!
L. A. from Carman IL
Thanks for all your help and kindness during
mom's stay. Words cannot express just how much your kindness and the
feeling of family helped us those last few days.
M.R. from Biggville wrote this letter of thanks:
Thanks to all the staff at Oak Lane for taking my aunt in as part of your Oak
Lane family. Everyone always truly treated her with respect. After she once was
settled in, she did enjoy being there. Bingo, Elvis (an Elvis impersonator) and
the van rides rated high. Thank you again for all your hard work and
companionship given to her.
D.I. from Carman wrote a letter to the editor.
Here is part of it.
I am sharing this story with you so that you can be aware of the choices you and
your love one have. It was a wonderful experience that my brother and I
encountered in choosing the care that saved our dad's life. As parents get
older, your siblings and you will have to help them make decisions. We feel that
this one saved our dad's life.
Our dad was in extreme abdominal pain and rushed to the hospital. After tests
were run, it was determined that he needed surgery. His appendix had ruptured
and a large incision had to be made to clean out the infection, which had
started to settle around his small intestine. Dad had a wound that gaped open 14
centimeters long and 7 centimeters wide. Open wounds are susceptible to staph
infections if not handled correctly.
We knew that Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab had skilled care nursing and specialized
in wound care, so we asked our dad where he wanted to recuperate. He decided he
would go to Oak Lane. Everyone at the nursing home knows us and really welcomed
dad with open arms as we started our journey to heal our father together. That
night was the first one that I felt our dad was safe and being well taken care
of. I knew he was not waiting for someone to take him to the bathroom, he would
be eating well, was not being over medicated and that the staff was making sure
he was clean and shaven.
At first, Oak Lane had to transport him back and forth to doctor appointments,
as he could not wear a lap belt. The administrator of the nursing home, Richard
Clifton, would meet me at Carman Cemetery so I could jump on the bus with dad
and ride to his appointment. Oak Lane went far and above their duty to assure
that our dad was comfortable. They wiped our tears and put us back on our feet
again, too. The administrator personally drove dad down to the cemetery so he
could pay his respects to his wife on her birthday. She had passed away in
2001. He told dad to take as long as he needed to stay at the gravesite. I have
never heard of a nursing home administrator that would personally do this for a
Our dad was spoiled daily with soft serve ice cream cones, excellent food,
Irene's Hawk Eye paper that she brought to him everyday, a spotless, clean, warm
room, and clean clothes. The activity personnel asked him to come and play,
volunteers, that come to Oak Lane, brought him fresh water and hand towels, and
the physical therapy team worked together to get him back up on his feet again.
He was cared for by the director of nursing, nurses and C.N.A. staff that I feel
is THE BEST IN ILLINOIS!
As the weeks went by, the wound became smaller and smaller. The wound care
specialist at Burlington, IA, commented that the nurses at Oak Lane do an
outstanding job with wound care. The comment made by him was, "They are
excellent!" After 50 days, dad came home. The doctor had told us that it would
take every bit of 100 days to heal dad's wound. The staff at Oak Lane proved
they could do it in less time.
I wrote this article to remind people what a blessing we have in Henderson
County. Oak Lane is not only a nursing home, but it is a REA unit. I personally
know when we first mentioned nursing home to dad, he was afraid he would never
come home. The day we left, he did not want to leave because everyone was so
wonderful to him. As everyone said good-bye, and we walked out, I knew if dad
ever had to come back, he had lost that fear of so called, "nursing homes".
If you know of someone that needs care for any reason: physical therapy, open
wounds, or just added rest, Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab is a skilled and a Medicare
approved facility. Let your loved one spend their Medicare days in an
environment that helps them get well faster with a family touch. Part of healing
is the personal attention you get that every staff member gives at Oak Lane.
L.C. from IL wrote:
Words cannot express my thanks and gratitude for the kindness and care shown to
my "Unkie" while a resident at Oak Lane. I have never been in a Home that shows
the love and compassion that each of you have for not only "Unkie" but also all
the residents. All the hugs and kisses you bestow on the residents are
heartwarming. It is more like a big family home than a nursing home. My thanks
to the cooks for all the good meals that you fixed and so generously shared with
my Mom and me while we visited, to the housekeeping staff for the cleanliness of
the rooms and the treats for Mazy (our dog). Our thanks goes to the maintenance
department for all the help when something went wrong, to the nursing staff for
always being straight forward with me and not sugar coating any questions that I
had and the patience that you had with me for all the phone calls. And last, but
not least, I want to thank the administrator, Richard Clifton, for taking my
uncle in when he could no longer live alone and for all the special rides
Richard took him on to see the crops and countryside.
I only wish all nursing homes could use you for an example as how a nursing home
should be run and how residents should be treated. I am so proud that my uncle
had a part in getting Oak Lane started. Thank you for making the last two years
of my uncle's life enjoyable.
B.B. from St. Louis, MO wrote:
In recent years, it had become apparent that my parent was eventually going to
need care beyond living at home. The search began for a suitable place for this
transition. It was a shattering and depressing experience. Oak Lane was the only
facility that even came close to offering the quality of care that we were
trying to find. We agonized over when the time was right to make the move, but a
crisis decided that for us. In our panic, I can still hear Mr. Clifton assuring
us Oak Lane would have a place for my parent.
While this situation is very difficult, it has been made easier knowing that my
parent is well cared for and, most of all is safe. The Oak Lane staff not only
cares for its residents but also is supportive and caring for the family
members, as they make this hard journey. I am most grateful and appreciative for
all that Oak Lane offers.
E.G. Family wrote:
We thank the Lord for all of you. Mother was well cared for, and it was home
away from home. Thank you for the meals you gave me when I stayed with Mother.
You have a great place. The employees are great, caring people. It is not always
easy dealing with so many different situations with the residents.
I.P. of Stronghurst, IL wrote:
It is a privilege to donate to your organization. Our community is surely
blessed to have both of these caring facilities.
B.G. of Carrolton, GA wrote:
Our chief engineer, who is highly respected by myself and others, indicates that you
have a wonderful operation that serves in a meaningful way the needs of the elderly,
which he deeply appreciated regarding his own mother.