Thank You, Siskin's

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It’s extremely pleasing to find out that Siskin’s is acquiring St. Barnabas with the quality changes that will surely take place.  After having first-hand experience with my mother in both facilities there is night and day difference.  Siskin was and still is top notch, while St. Barnabas has vast room for improvement which would dictate large employee changes from the director of nursing down through the ranks.

My mother's stay at Siskin was wonderful with a very concerned staff who answered any questions I had with great knowledge and professionalism.  My mother enjoyed her stay and never worried when night would arrive.  On the other hand she was afraid at St. Barnabas and would call me crying at different hours while telling me how she was being treated.  With Siskin in charge this will no longer be a problem for families that have loved ones in St. Barnabas.   These families can now sleep with the comfort of knowing the Siskin care their loved ones will have.

I witnessed first-hand the quality of Siskin employees with their integrity, care for patients and respect for families, and I have witnessed the opposite at St. Barnabas.  Siskin’s was never afraid or uncomfortable with any questions I had pertaining to my mother’s well-being while it was the opposite at St. Barnabas.

I strongly advise all the sons, daughters and parents that have family members in a nursing home to keep close tabs, ask questions and watch your loved one for attitude changes.

Thank you, Siskin, for the wonderful gift of acquiring St. Barnabas as the changes that will surely take place will be wonderful and comforting for patients and their families. 

Michael Mansfield


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