Health Care Transitions

Making the right move can be challenging.
Lynette Neher
Health Care Transitions

As parents and loved ones age, many people are placed in a position to support health care decisions for those individuals and wish they had a crystal ball to ensure they are making good choices. More often than not, decisions need to be made at unexpected times and very quickly. There are a variety of factors to consider in the decision making process; clinical expertise, longevity of staff, location, finances and whether all the health care needs both short and long term can be met. 

Kingston HealthCare offers three local communities, each designed for specific care, to meet and exceed these needs. Under the Kingston family umbrella, care transitions between health care practitioners, health care settings and home can be managed seamlessly and with great communication and transparency. 

Julie Diehl offers insight on how a partnership with Kingston can benefit all. Her mother Anna started her health care journey with a short hospitalization stay then transferred to Kingston Care Center, a skilled nursing facility where she had a successful rehabilitation stay. Upon discharge, Diehl chose to move her mother to Kingston Residence Assisted Living. This location specializes in managing chronic care conditions such as diabetes, CHF and COPD. 

Lisa Cotten, a physician assistant employed by Kingston, rounds regularly at Kingston Residence Assisted Living and supports the nurse practitioner staff at Kingston Care Center. She explains, “It takes a team to manage the complexity of the chronic disease patients. Kingston has an outstanding clinical team that crosses the continuum of care and works hard to keep people out of the hospital. We provide comfort along with a familiar face for patients and families as they navigate health care. Our clinicians and staff work with the primary care physicians for interventions and patient education to forward manage chronic disease.”

Diehl agrees, “Although I have been an RN for 37 years, working primarily in acute care, I knew very little about assisted living and rehabilitation facilities in Fort Wayne. The transition between facilities was helped by knowing the buildings were all a part of the same organization and that mom was able to meet with the people she had seen when she moved into her apartment. I’ve been impressed by the caring, supportive environment and the many long term staff employed by the facilities.”

Although the need may never arise, Diehl is confident knowing that, should her mom ever require a secured Memory Care, Kingston at Dupont is proficient in working with those with dementia and is also part of the Kingston continuum of care. 

Diehl truly feels she has chosen an organization with clinical expertise, long-term professional staff and an environment that supports the individual needs and preferences of her mother. Diehl states, “I would highly recommend Kingston to a family member or friend.”

Kingston Healthcare

Address: 7515 Winchester Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819

Phone: (260) 747-1523



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