Camelot Rehabilitation to Open Specialized Respirator Patient Unit in Lafayette This Summer | Sponsored: Central Control


For the first time, a long-term care unit for people who must be on ventilators arrives in Acadiana.

The semi-private 30-bed unit is slated to open on June 1 at Camelot Rehabilitation at Magnolia Park in Lafayette. An open house will be held on May 27 for health professionals, as well as a virtual tour for the public.

Currently, there are only a handful of similar units in Louisiana, most of them in the New Orleans area or the northern part of the state. The idea of ​​building one in Lafayette began during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, said Meryl Haynes, director of clinical care at CCI.

“We’ve been approached by so many people to have a unit like this here,” Haynes said. “Many patients had to be transported out of town because there was nothing to welcome them in the Lafayette district. Families wanted their loved ones to be able to return home. “

Haynes said the unit is designed for patients who are stable but need to be on a ventilator. The patient must have a tracheostomy at least 20 days old to be eligible for placement in the unit.






A patient’s space is represented in Camelot Rehabilitation’s new ventilation unit at Magnolia Park in Lafayette. The unit will open on June 1 and will be the only one of its kind in Acadiana.




All patients on the unit will have access to a wide variety of services, including respiratory therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, wound care and more. Dr Brad Broussard, the unit’s chief pulmonologist, said staff will also work closely with the patient’s other doctors to ensure they receive the most comprehensive care possible.

“They will be able to receive several services,” said Broussard. “Every time you have continuity of care and everyone works together, you get better care. This unit will allow us to provide that to people who have primary care physicians in this area. “






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A patient’s space is represented in Camelot Rehabilitation’s new ventilation unit at Magnolia Park in Lafayette. The unit will open on June 1 and will be the only one of its kind in Acadiana.




Haynes said a full team of medical professionals will be available on the unit at all times. Staff members also receive additional training on best practices for treating patients on ventilators.

“We want to make sure they are equipped to participate in restorative care and provide the best possible quality of life for our patients,” said Haynes. “It’s really a group effort to make sure we’re preparing patients for success so they don’t have to stay in bed all day.”






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Meryl Haynes, Director of Clinical Care, is pictured next to some of the state-of-the-art equipment that will be used in Camelot Rehabilitation’s new ventilation unit at Magnolia Park in Lafayette.




Patients will be placed in the unit on an open basis. Some are expected to be there indefinitely, while others may eventually return home or transition to another CCI unit depending on space availability.

Although visiting rules are determined by the rate of COVID-19 positivity in the region, officials said they hope to allow family members to visit patients on the unit on a regular basis. Such interactions are often beneficial for everyone involved.

“One of the great opportunities that we see in all of this is that families will be able to visit more frequently, and I think the more family presence the better for the patients,” said Broussard. “It’s always difficult when someone is in pain. medical illness and then there are additional difficulties when they have to be taken out of their community and away from their families. It will ease that pain for everyone involved.

Haynes said the new unit is just one of the ways CCI is working to pay attention to the needs of the community.






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Staff members received additional training on the proper treatment of patients on ventilators. In the photo, Nicole Huval, responsible for respiratory therapy.




“We are not afraid to push the boundaries to give people the care they deserve,” she said. “When it comes to the idea of ​​a nursing home, many people see it as a place to spend their days. We want to change that image. “

CCI will accept payments through Medicare, Medicaid, Most Managed Medicare, Business Insurance, and Private Payroll.

For more information on the new fan, call Meryl Haynes at 337-349-2043, fax 318-641-3766, or email [email protected]


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