Illini Restorative Care Meets Changing Patient Needs - Genesis Health System

Published on February 28, 2018

Illini Restorative Care Meets Changing Patient Needs

Esther poses with her son, David

Esther Johnson was still driving and still living independently at 95 years old.

One fall, an unlucky break, and Esther’s health took a turn.

Not really a turn for the worse as much as a turn around the hallway of the Genesis Medical Center-Silvis campus.

“She was reaching to pick up the newspaper in the hallway of her apartment at Crosstown Square and fell.  It was a fluke,’’ explained Esther’s son, Dave Bert.

Esther suffered a hip fracture from her fall. Instead of being able to live on her own at Crosstown Square, Esther is living with more assistance at Illini Restorative Care, which is attached to Crosstown Square.  She is back up to 120 steps with assistance.

“She wants to go back to Crosstown Square where her friends are,’’ her son said.

Esther Johnson’s fall and recovery are an example of the continuum and coordination of care offered on the campus of Genesis Medical Center-Silvis.  Transitions of care are available depending on the individual needs of the resident.

Continuum of Care Available

Crosstown Square is independent living, offering residents their own apartments, but with three meals each day.  Illini Restorative Care (IRC) is assisted living with additional nursing care.  Illini Restorative Care can be a permanent residence, or as the name suggests, temporary restorative care from injury or surgery.

“At IRC, the length of stay can be a few days or weeks, all the way to end-of-life care,’’ explained Julie Vanwinkle, care transition supervisor.  “We are able to serve the changing needs of residents because of the services available from Crosstown, IRC and Genesis Medical Center-Silvis.
“As needs change, as they did for Esther, options are available.’’

Dave Bert called Illini Restorative Care “the best kept secret in the Quad-Cities.’’

“The people here are phenomenal. They treat patients as if they are treating their own parents,’’ he added. “As a family, there is peace of mind knowing this facility is connected to the hospital if that level of care is needed.’’

Illini Restorative Care offers several levels of services including:

  • Traditional long-term care services
  • Medicare-certified skilled care for those needing rehabilitation after surgery or an acute illness
  • A Sheltered Care Unit bridging the gap between independent living and skilled nursing care

Illini Restorative Care offers a comprehensive approach to short-stay skilled nursing and rehab services with the goal of returning patients safely back to their homes with the shortest stays possible.

Wide Range of Services

Esther smiles at the cameraIllini Restorative Care provides high quality skilled nursing care; physical, occupational, and speech therapies in a newly expanded rehab gym; a comprehensive team of Genesis therapists to help each patient achieve the best recovery; and, better outcomes to help promote healing, with less chance of re-admission to the hospital.

Physical therapy addresses mobility training, use of appropriate assistive devices, stair negotiation, strengthening exercises, balance and endurance training, plus education on safety awareness.

Occupational therapy focuses on activities of daily living. This includes dressing, bathing, grooming and safety training. Occupational therapy also focuses on home management skills and upper extremity strengthening tasks. The therapist can also recommend adaptive equipment.

Speech Therapy addresses impairments in swallowing, speech, language, voice and cognition. The speech language pathologist works in collaboration with physical and occupational therapists to provide a patient-centered treatment plan and promote safety and independence.

For information about the services available from Illini Restorative Care, call (309) 281-3270 or go to

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