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The Timbers Nursing & Rehabilitation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update November 13th 2020

Notice for Restricting All Visitors

Atrium is acutely aware that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an escalating global health concern.  Atrium is fully committed to maintaining all services critical to the welfare of our residents, their families and visitors to our facility.  We continue to receive regular updates and advisories from public health agencies, understanding that information is ever-changing and evolving as more is learned about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease are at increased risk for developing a serious illness or even death if they become infected with COVID-19 or the influenza virus. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the potential for the spread of such infections, including increased frequency of cleaning with emphasis on highly touched areas, close monitoring of respiratory symptoms and visitor and staff screening.  

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased throughout the country, we continue to work hard to protect our patients and our employees from this virus.  Until further notice we will be restricting all visitors and non-essential health personnel in our communities.   We also are highly discouraging any leaves from our patients other than to the hospital.  Recent CDC information has indicated that one of the ways that the virus has been spreading recently is from family gatherings.  We do not want to put our patients or employees at any risk. We remain hopeful that this will be short lived and that a vaccine will be released in the near future.

Visitors will be allowed for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In those cases, visitors will be limited to a specific room. Please contact the administrator to make an appointment to enter the facility for compassionate care situations (e.g., end-of-life care).  You will be required to perform hand hygiene and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as facemasks. Decisions about visitation during an end of life situation will be made on a case by case basis.  The process for each determination will include careful screening of each visitor (including clergy, bereavement counselors, etc.) for fever or respiratory symptoms. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) you will not be permitted to enter the facility at any time (even in end-of-life situations). Please frequently perform hand hygiene and refrain from physical contact with residents and others while in the facility and wear your face mask at all times. Please practice social distances with no hand-shaking, hugging, and remaining six feet apart.

Visitors, and any individuals who enter the facility (e.g., hospice staff), need to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of respiratory infection for at least 14 days after exiting the facility. If symptoms occur, please self-isolate at home, contact your healthcare provider, and immediately notify the facility of the date you were in the facility, the individuals you were in contact with, and the locations within the facility you visited.

We understand these circumstances may be inconvenient, but it is for everyone’s safety that we take these active steps to reduce the potential for the spread of infections to keep our residents, staff, and visitors safe.  We encourage you to keep in touch with your loved one via phone or Skype. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the administrator of the facility and they will be happy to assist you.  We hope that these restrictions will be short lived and will keep you updated as circumstances change.  Be aware that you may receive more calls from the facility during this time so please make sure that your contact information has been updated. 

 For the most current information and guidance about COVID-19, please visit:
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

2020-2021 US News Best Nursing Home Recipient

The Timbers of Cass County has been awarded the US News and World Report 2020-2021 best Nursing Home designation. Only 19% of U.S. nursing homes have earned this honor. Click the award icon to learn more about the award.

Situated near inland lakes and rolling farmlands, a Victorian charm surrounds the citizens of Dowagiac. This vibrant and historic city offers all the amenities of a large city while maintaining its small town warmth and appeal. Dowagiac’s commitment to heritage makes it a wonderful location for The Timbers of Cass County. Our staff members embrace a special quality of life as they provide thoughtful and exceptional healthcare services to our residents in a safe, clean and friendly environment.

Skilled Nursing Care in a Resort Setting
near South Bend, Indiana

With stone finishes and timbers incorporated through its exterior, the residence of The Timbers of Cass County resembles a grand lodge. The Timbers is a 108-bed community offering 20 private rooms and 44 shared accommodations. Along with four different resident room options, our community has two dining rooms offering restaurant-style dining, three therapy rooms and three day rooms. Beautifully decorated living rooms, a beauty and barber shop, activity and recreational rooms, a library and courtyard are also located within our community. Our staff members are proud that our community serves as our residents’ home as well as a gathering place for family and friends. Private dining areas are also available for these special visits.

Activities and Social Events

The Timbers of Cass offers a wide array of personalized programs based on each resident’s interests and hobbies and spiritual and emotional needs. Activities may include involvement with a Women’s Club or Men’s Club, shopping days, ice cream socials, arts and crafts, and gardening. For our residents who are on the go, outings to community events and local points of interest are often planned. Our staff members as well as volunteers are happy to laugh with and share new experiences with our residents. These activities and daily interactions help our quality culture thrive.

Short Term, Long Term and Rehab Services

The Timbers of Cass is a dually certified community offering skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Our talented nursing staff provides wound care, intravenous therapy, dialysis care, and hospice care. And, our in-house physical, speech, occupational therapists treat both short-term intensive and long-term extensive care residents. Our services help restore the quality of life to our residents and enable them to reach the highest level of independence possible.

The Right Choice

Choosing the right nursing center can be a difficult decision for the potential resident and family. We understand the emotional process of placement and strive to help with the adjustment for both the resident and his or her family. In fact, many of our staff members have had relatives and friends choose our center because of our family atmosphere and quality nursing care services.

  • Many long-term staff members
  • Pleasant living environment
  • Trained and dedicated staff
  • Great community reputation and involvement
  • Excellent location to visit
  • Hospital and physician offices nearby

Our Commitment to Excellence

Our staff sets the standard for excellence in all departments and all services we provide. We believe that our goal is to create an environment which promotes independence and safety while focusing on improving the quality of life for each patient.

Excellence is measured in many ways including:

  • Annual Department of Health surveys
  • Many staff members who have had family and friends stay at the community for rehabilitation and extended stays
  • Family, resident, and staff feedback on satisfaction and responsiveness
  • The Atrium Advantage Customer Service program
  • Staff members recognized for professional achievements in clinical and service excellence
  • As measured by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five-Star Rating
  • Advancing Excellence