MATTHEWS — Choosing the right assisted living, short-term rehabilitation or long-term skilled nursing facility can be a challenge, but the family atmosphere and exceptional long-standing reputation for excellence at Carrington Place Rehabilitation and Living Center vaults it toward the top of any list.
Owner Linda Howard opened Carrington Place at 6000 Fullwood Lane 25 years ago. Little has changed since, something that is by design.
Howard, who is a registered nurse, first bought an older assisted living center in Charlotte before opening Carrington Place. But when she settled in Matthews, Howard brought with her values of healthcare, friendship and excellent personalized care.
Howard still runs the facility. Sandy Cannupp, marketing director and admission coordinator, said it’s Howard’s family-like approach to everything Carrington Place does that has always separated the facility.
Cannupp said she took over for Howard’s mother-in-law, who everyone referred to as Granny. She worked there for years and knew everyone. She also had a way of making patients, their loved ones and guests feel welcome and comfortable while assuring every guest received the best possible care.
And that’s how the staff operates to this day.
“A lot of Linda’s family works here. Her daughter helps and her son runs our pharmacy,” Cannupp said. “It’s cool because our CAs are related to each other, one of our nurses had daughters and granddaughters who have worked here and we have CAs who have been here for 10 years or more so it’s very unique in that regard.”
Cannupp said the primary mission of Carrington Place is to provide the highest patient care while also basing care on the individual’s specific medical, spiritual, emotional or social needs. To do this correctly, each staff member must be personally dedicated to each patient’s needs and desires, something Carrington Place excels at.
“It’s a very old building, one of oldest in Matthews, and it’s one of the older nursing facilities around,” Cannupp said. “But it’s also one of the best. With all of the people we’ve helped, we’ve managed to have a very good and very deserved reputation.”
The facility specializes in short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing, but there are some long-term assisted living patient beds and other traditional services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and other long-term care options.
And within those specific areas, Carrington Place offers a number of treatment options tailored to fit each individual’s schedule and preference.
Under physical therapy, for example, Carrington Place offers option including muscle stimulation and diathermy as a way to expedite recovery.
Occupational therapy is typically defined as facilitating one’s independence and well being. At Carrington Place, this is done through education on adaptive equipment such as shower benches, adaptive dressing and feeding aides and through energy conservation techniques.
Cannupp said Carrington Place will tailor its programs to fit any patients need. And, no matter why Carrington Place is being sought out, it is the best choice for any patient.
“It’s a special facility,” Cannupp said. “We’ve always maintained the quality of staff and an excellent quality of care. Every year we have really good surveys … All of our facilities have maintained a great reputation for so long. There are physicians who refer people to us, we work closely with Novant and Atrium, so we’re very well connected and it’s for good reason.”
25th Anniversary Celebration
Carrington Place is holding a “Cheers to 25 Years” 25th-anniversary party and celebration on site May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cannupp said Matthews Mayor Pro-Tem John Higdon will speak along with representatives from the Matthews police and fire departments.
The event will be a chance to catch up with some familiar faces, meet new friends and celebrate all of the good that has come from Carrington Place over the past quarter century.
Get more information or RSVP for Cheers to 25 Years by calling 704-841-4920 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.