Nursing home expansion is designed for resident-centered care

“We are remodeling and expanding our nursing home to provide the ideal setting for a new, resident-centered model of care that employs smaller living units called households,” said Julie Schmidt, vice president of long term care and ancillary services at GRHS. 

Each household will accommodate up to 18 residents and feature a home-like design with spaces typically found in private homes:

  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room with fireplace
  • TV area
  • Sunroom
  • Laundry room
  • Private outdoor courtyard

Each household will have its own dedicated staff members who will provide consistent care to the same residents each day. Each household will create a strong sense of community as smaller groups of residents will dine together, select and enjoy activities together, celebrate special events together and mark passages together. 

“Smaller households also will enable us to offer more more flexibility for residents to make choices about their meals, activities and other aspects of daily living,” said Schmidt.

Households designed to meet unique needs of residents
When construction is complete in late 2018, GRHS Long Term Care will have six households:

  • Four households for long-term residents who are not suffering from dementia
  • One memory-care household for long-term residents who have special needs related to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia
  • One short-stay household for individuals who need skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and/or ventilator care for 100 days or less so they can transition from a hospital stay back to their own homes

The short-stay and memory care households have special design features to meet the unique needs of their populations.

 

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