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Four Rochester hotels begin in-room healthcare service

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Kahler Grand Hotel and four other hotels began in-room home care services last week, bringing a full-time registered nurse on staff, and allowing surgery patients to receive care right in their room.

Patients have a pamphlet in their hotel room, making receiving in-home care almost as simple as ordering room service.

Patients at the Kahler Grand Hotel, Kahler Inn and Suites, Rochester Mariott and Rochester Residence Inn can now order from an a-la-carte menu of services from the R.N. or physical therapist on staff.

Sara Romeo is the first RN that's been hired by Kahler to provide these services.

"If they are discharged from Mayo Clinic we can do wound changes, dressing changes, we can even help with medication," Romeo said.

Those staying at the hotel simply book an appointment for the services they need.

She says that an average of 70 patients per month are turned away by Mayo because they don't have anyone to care for them after their procedures. That's where Romeo steps in.

"Mayo will not release you unless you have somebody that accompanies you. So I am that person that will accompany them and make sure they're ok, and that allows them to get their surgery done," she said.

The group of investors headed by Javon Bea that bought the Kahler Grand Hotel earlier this year sees offering nursing services as part of their vision.

"We wanted to make this a destination medical community, just a great opportunity for Rochester as a whole. We want people to come here and really want to be at Rochester," Romeo said.

Romeo said that part of becoming a Destination Medical Center community means providing for those who have to travel alone.

She added, "It's going to be a great opportunity for not only the Kahler and its properties but also for Rochester."

Prices for the individual services range from $14 for blood sugar checks to $68 for crutch training. Help with daily living starts at $38 per hour or $225 for a full eight hour day of assistance. All services are charged to your room, and are paid at checkout.

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