You all have intuitively cared for her in a way that upheld a... read more
- Carol Bell, Joane Slusky, Mark Senkiw
Nurses and staff were very nice to me during my stay. Physical therapy... read more
- John Richardson
My husband has been at MediLodge of Traverse City for 13 months. His... read more
- The Family of Lloyd Stevens
My stay here was even better than last year. The staff works as... read more
- Bob Read
My name is Peggy G. and I especially want to say “Thank You”... read more
- Peggy G
This place is very clean and the staff is very friendly. The food... read more
- Martha P, Penny J, and Larry E.
I am pleased for the most part for my brother David’s stay at... read more
- Ellie Kiessel
I have stayed here twice in the past two years. Both times for... read more
- Linda Woodward
To all the staff: Our heartfelt thanks for your tender care of mom... read more
Staff is helpful, thoughtful, and always attentive, very generous and go above and... read more
- Wayne Smith
Carol Bell, Joane Slusky, Mark Senkiw
Dear MediLodge Staff,
We’d like to express our deepest gratitude to the entire team at MediLodge of Traverse City. For the past four years our mother, Irene Senkiw, had lived there, and it was the best decision that we ever made regarding her care. We’re sad to say that she passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018.
Irene was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and had resided at another nursing home in the Detroit area. At that location, she was mistreated by staff and other residents and was so unhappy. She would say “No! I’m not going in there!”, and would beg us not to take her back inside at the end of an outing. As a family, it was so stressful and sad for us to leave our mom somewhere where she wasn’t happy.
However, all of that changed when we moved her to MediLodge of Traverse City (formerly Tendercare) in 2014. Her husband had passed away, so she came north to be near her youngest daughter, Carol, who could oversee her care. As a resident, she was treated as so much more than a patient, she was more like a family member. It could have been devastating for Irene to move far away from the community and family she knew, but that was not the case at all. Soon the residents and staff at her new home were like a family to here. There was a familiar daily routine in which she could participate or there was the flexibility to move to her own rhythm as her body and mind changed with the progression of the dementia. You all have intuitively cared for her in a way that upheld a quality of life that we didn’t know could be possible in a skilled nursing facility.
Whenever we would return from an outing for the day, she would say, “Oh yes, I’ve been here before. It is very clean.” She took comfort in the familiar surroundings and welcoming faces when we came inside. We were always greeted by, “Well, hello Irene! How was your afternoon?” or “How nice to see you!”. She enjoyed the daily meals and activities, parties, music, hand massage, and manicures and the tender loving care she received every day. As her family, we could see that she was happy there. Even though she couldn’t tell us directly, it was reflected in her spirit, her smile, and her health.
So, we give you a great big “Thank You!” to every nurse, CNA, physician, physical therapist, recreation therapist, kitchen staff, laundry staff, sanitation staff, administrative staff, drivers, volunteers, and everyone who made her health and joy possible. Thank you for all of the long hours, late nights, double shifts, weekends and holidays that you spend there. We noticed every one of them and are grateful that you take such pride in your profession.
In much gratitude,
Carol Bell, Joane Slusky, Mark Senkiw
Children of Irene Senkiw
Nurses and staff were very nice to me during my stay. Physical therapy worked well with me for rehab.
The Family of Lloyd Stevens
My husband has been at MediLodge of Traverse City for 13 months. His care has been stellar. The care is given with tenderness and love.
The activities are so diverse-field trips to seeing gardens and going on picnics. The Activity Director, Kasia, along with Barb and Georgiana (great supportive staff) have planned and carried on an Art Show (profitable) from art the residents have done. The residents were so proud of their accomplishments. A lot of the family members and guests to the Lodge attended.
The activity staff and transporter have taken residents on Fall color tours, Christmas light tours and also to see the orchards blossom in the Spring. They have brought residents to enjoy live music and a meal at the Senior Center (the Gathering Place) in Honor.
My husband wanted to first stay in bed. Kasia encouraged him to get up and help her. He now has helped put flower decorations (or posies as he calls them) on the dining room tables and picks them up. He takes that very seriously and that he’s needed.
I have been at the Lodge different times during the week. I have yet to see dirty hair or find food on resident clothes. Residents are clean and cared for. CENAs –Martha, Becky, and Tina care so lovingly for the residents that can’t feed themselves. Hugs and forehead kisses are a daily thing. All the staff are wonderful. I see how caring and wonderful they are.
Now, my husband is a very picky eater. He is constantly teasing the cooks, complaining about the food as he’s cleaning up his plate. The staff takes it in stride and hug him anyway. They are real treasures.
Then there is Travis-maintenance man/BBQer and many other things he does. He is so busy but always gets everything done and done well. Travis takes the time with residents that want to help as he’s working in their room. He is ever so kind.
Now, all that being said, I can’t leave the office staff out. Lisa, Amy, and Wanita-they are my go-to folks when I feel like my world is caving in because my husband isn’t here. They understand and listen to me and offer their supportive caring.
Again, let me reiterate this Medilodge of Traverse City is stellar and should be held up as a standard by which all health care facilities should be held! I’m so thankful I found this treasure!
My stay here was even better than last year. The staff works as one cohesive unit with the sole purpose of making sure the patient is the most important person here — my compliments.
My name is Peggy G. and I especially want to say “Thank You” for all your kindnesses in the first days of my stay at MediLodge of Traverse City. I truly appreciate all you do! You also tended to my gluten intolerance with so much compassion, which brought me peace of mind. Please extend my heartfelt thanks to all the staff who cared for me at MediLodge of Traverse City. I hope you all continue to bless more families. I am truly blessed to have come to MediLodge of Traverse City for rehabilitation. I look forward to continuing my work out at the YMCA with my husband. You all have inspired me.
Martha P, Penny J, and Larry E.
This place is very clean and the staff is very friendly.The food was very well prepared.Therapy was very helpful and full of jokes and smiles. Our family felt that our mother got awesome care.We would recommend this facility to friends and family to care for their loved ones.
I am pleased for the most part for my brother David’s stay at Medilodge of Traverse City. He is treated with great care and respect. He is helped as much as he allows. It has been six years, and three months he’s been here. He has enjoyed Happy Hour and the Oldies music as well as special events and his smoking time with others. He is now on hospice. Occasionally he will come down to the Activity room and check out the puzzler folks and even put a piece or two in. Everyone helped the family so much when we almost lost him one time.
I have stayed here twice in the past two years. Both times for rehabilitation. I have found everything that I was looking for, and the staff is excellent. Everything has met my standards, and I would recommend anyone to come and stay. Great staff, good food, crafts, Bingo, etc. I could go on. Just come and check it out for yourself.
To all the staff: Our heartfelt thanks for your tender care of mom during the last weeks of her life. The kindness shown by the staff was a great comfort to her, and to us, knowing that she was being well cared for. May you continue to bless others with your good work.
Staff is helpful, thoughtful, and always attentive, very generous and go above and beyond whenever I’ve needed or asked for anything. Physical therapy is the BEST! They are always helpful and professional. I’ve done so much better since I’ve been here.