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Merry Wood Lodge
280 Mt. Hebron Rd., Elmore, AL 36025-1526
Merry Wood Lodge is a 113-bed skilled nursing center providing rehabilitative care, dementia care, and long-term care to the River Region of central Alabama since 1964. A significant program feature is the Solana Alzheimer's Care Center, which provides resident-centered care for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and other cognitive impairments. Located off Alabama Highway 143-East in Elmore County, Merry Wood is a short interstate drive from Montgomery, the State Capitol.
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- ShortStay care
- LongTerm care
- Respite care
- Attending Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- Colostomy care
- Dementia care
- IV Therapy
- Personal care
- Podiatry care
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Pain management
- Palliative care
- Case management
- Dietary and nutrition needs management
- Discharge planning
- Individual treatment plans
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Heparin therapy
- Medication management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation - including joint replacement, injuries and amputation
- 24-hour emergency alert and response system
- Cultural, educational, religious and social activities
- Recreation activities
- Interpreter services
- VA Contracted
- Activity room
- Private and Semi-Private Rooms
- Beautiful Garden(s) / Courtyard(s)
- Conveniently Located
- Beauty Salon / Barber Services
- Cable Television
- Dining Room
- Fully air conditioned
- Individual climate control
- In-room dining options
- Private dining rooms for family gatherings
- Alarm system to aid in the security of residents with cognitive deficits
- Complimentary laundry facility on-site
- Laundry facility on-site
- Mail and Newspaper Service
- Phone service
Larry is a native of Utah. He became a licensed Administrator in 2004, and came to Merry Wood Lodge in 2020. Larry is a graduate of Weber State University in Utah, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration with a long-term care emphasis. In 2015, Larry graduated from Walden University with a degree of Master of Healthcare Administration. Larry and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of six children.
Alleigh CollinsDirector of Nursing
Alleigh joined the Merry Wood Lodge team as a LPN charge nurse in 2016. She graduated from L.B. Wallace community college as a Registered Nurse in 2019 and has held several key position within the center until recently when she became the Interim Director of Nursing. Outside of work, Alleigh enjoys spending time with her husband Justin and her two children.
Denise AllenAdmissions Director
Denise is a native of New York and started her career in Nursing in 1995 . Denise started her role as Director of Admissions at Merry Wood Lodge in February 2017 and loves her daily interactions with the residents and families.
Alesha CookeDirector of Rehabilitation
Alesha is a Speech/Language Pathologist. She has worked at Merry Wood Lodge since May 2014. Alesha attended Auburn University Montgomery as an undergraduate. She later achieved her Master's degree in Communicative Disorders from Jackson State University. Alesha enjoys working with patients and seeing positive outcomes.
Joanna BurkettSocial Services
Joanna graduated from Troy University in 1994 and has worked with us in Social Services for the last 10 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Danny, and two daughters, Brooke and Taylor. She loves all sports and is an avid Alabama Roll Tide fan. She loves working with her residents and is always up for a good challenge.
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