39 — Care Nursing and Rehabilitation administration and staff stand near the main entrance. Front row, from left, are Sharon Hannah, marketing and admissions coordinator, Maggie Bills, HR coordinator and Lanet McShan, administrator. Back row, from left, are Amber Hyden, LVN, Susan Ruis, director of nursing and Chelsea Allen, business officer manager.

41 — Bernice Kobel, who has lived in a Care Nursing and Rehabilitation apartment for three years, stands with Care marketing and admissions coordinator Sharon Hannah. “Oh, I love it here,” Kobel said.”

    Don’t let these little details confuse you about Care Nursing and Rehabilitation, located on County Road 616 just off U.S. Highway 183, a mile or two north of the Heartland Mall: the facility is served by Brownwood water and trash pickup, its mailing address is Brownwood and its mail comes out of the Early post office. It is in the law enforcement jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office.
    The administration and staff just smile when recounting those trivial details.     What’s important is that Care is a five-star skilled nursing facility in a charming rural setting. Care is home to 79 residents in the building, and has 35 apartment units for independent living. Three of the apartments are two-bedroom, and the remaining are one-bedroom, Care administrator Lanet McShan said.
    McShan and Sharon Hannah, marketing and admissions coordinator at Care, explained what the facility that they’re understandably proud of offers, and also explained the meaning of “five star facility.”
    A recent annual state inspection yielded that result — the highest available, the two women said.
    Residents who choose the apartment living can opt for a rent plan that’s with our without a meal plan. Those on a meal plan can eat in a dining hall in the main building or have their meals delivered to their apartments. Residents who are not on a meal plan can prepare their meals in their apartments’ fully equipped kitchens.
    Trash pick-up is at the apartments’ back doors, 24-hour maintenance is available and housekeeping services are also available. Residents have a pendant which allows them to call for help if needed.
    “Once they’re here, they have very little to worry about,” Hannah said.
    Care was built in the late 1960s and was independently owned before being ought in 2010 by Creative Solutions and Health Care of Fort Worth, McChan said. The company owns two other Brown County facilities — Chatfield Assisted Lving and Oak Ridge Manor.
    McShan gave examples of residents who chose Care. As a skilled nursing facility, a resident can “bridge” between hospital and home, she said. That could be someone who no longer needs hospitalization but is not yet ready to return home.
    “We also accept people long-term care,” McShan said.
    In addition to skilled nursing, services include speech and language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, wound care and a social worker.
    Care is also a Veterans Administration-contracted facility, which means patients who are qualified for care under the VA can stay there and the VA will pay.
    “We have a very good relationship with the local VA clinic, and we also have a very good relationship with the Waco and Temple VA (facilities),” McShan said.
    “We’re very proud. It’s a good place.”
    Hospice and respite services are also available.
    Dr. David Morales is the facility’s medical director, and Susan Ruis is director of nurses.