Boulder Manor — Stay Away! Do Not Put Your Loved One in Boulder Manor

June 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM 2 comments

I will be expanding on this in the days and weeks to come but suffice it to say:

On April 47, my husband of 37 years was transferred from Boulder Foothills Hospital (Boulder, Colorado) to Boulder Manor nursing home for rehabilitation (remember that word) after a fall and a bout with what was first thought to be a UIT, but turned out to be an overall infection.  All in all, he was in the hospital for 10 days.

The doc at the hospital waved goodbye to me and my husband — who then lived at an assisted living place — he said my hubby would return to “his normal” again, after rehabilitation, i.e., be able to dress himself, feed himself, bathe, toilet and feed himself, go on walks, use the telephone, take public transportation (unassisted) to an exercise class at the local YMCA three times a week, go to University of Colorado football games, to Colorado Rockies baseball games, do his own laundry and visit with friends and family.  Yeah, he has/had dementia but you wouldn’t necessarily know it if you ran into him.

Anyway, when he was being discharged from the hospital the nurse asked me which “rehabilitation” facility I’d like my hubby to go to.  I said Boulder Manor because it’s about four miles from my house.  So, off to Boulder Manor he went.  I’ll get into the appalling details soon but suffice it to say, I had a terrible feeling about the place the instant I walked in that April 27th afternoon.  Things have only gone down hill from there and this Medicare.gov website I came across today confirms my gut feeling about the so-called treatment he’s getting there.  Check out its ranking of Boulder Manor:

Boulder Manor via Medicare.gov

Image via Medicare.gov

Overall, one star out of five.

My other option was ManorCare, about seven or eight miles from my house.  It’s rated five of five stars:

ManorCare via Medicare.gov

Image via Medicare.gov

I wanted to get this post up right away as I was shocked to see that there could be such a difference in the quality of care between two nursing homes in the same town, just miles apart.

Don’t be an idiot like me.  Don’t pick a place to put your loved one in based on how many miles it is from your house!  Even when faced with a nurse who has to make a quick decision, take your time and do some research.  As you’ll hear from me in the coming weeks, a snap decision isn’t worth it.

A place like Boulder Manor has a top down culture.  The nurses and aides aren’t to blame.  They try.  If you care about your loved one, know that Boulder Manor’s management doesn’t.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janet  |  June 6, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    How horrible for you both. I hope things get better.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  July 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Hi Janet. Thanks. Unfortunately my dear husband has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus and it’s inoperable so he will slowly die from that or maybe something else will take him sooner, like an infection. This is a nightmare but at least his dementia is making him unaware of what’s happening and he is otherwise very content. I guess that’s the one and only blessing of dementia and we are lucky. It makes some people fearful and angry but not Dan. He is his same sweet self.

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