After her husband, Paul, fell and broke his left kneecap in August, Jan Wilcoxen searched for a rehabilitation center that met his needs.
“Naturally, cleanliness and adequate care are most important,” she said.
But Wilcoxen had no initial interest in Lancaster Rehabilitation Center.
The poor reputation of the former county-owned facility was all she knew.
“It just wasn’t a welcoming atmosphere,” Wilcoxen said. “When you said Lancaster Manor, people wrinkled up their nose. That, in part, is why I hesitated to consider Lancaster Rehabilitation Center in the beginning. ”
Her opinion quickly changed after a discussion with the Admissions Coordinator and a tour of Lancaster Rehabilitation Center.
“I was pleasantly surprised walking in the front door,” Wilcoxen said. “It was nice, clean, more cheerful, very well-done and beautifully remodeled. The environment must uplift patients because that is a big part of rehabilitation.”
Paul remained at Lancaster Rehab Aug. 20 through Sept. 8. His rehabilitation included exercises to strengthen his lower extremities.
Wilcoxen said everyone was patient, friendly and accommodating.
“The people were good to me,” Paul said. “They took good care of me and treated me with respect. I felt comfortable there.”
“We really liked it there,” Wilcoxen said. “We don’t have anything negative to say about it. Lancaster Rehabilitation Center is more economical than its competitors and doesn’t take a back seat to any other similar facility in town.”
The experience taught her to keep an open mind.
“It was the last place I would have gone to, but I’m certainly happy we considered it,” she said. “It is a top-notch facility.”
The couple has owned Oz & Jan’s Famous Lee’s Restaurant more than four decades and boast 52 years of marriage. The Lincoln natives reside in the Capitol Beach neighborhood. They have two daughters, one granddaughter and five grandsons.