A message from Karen Read, Nurse Educator:
The staff at Artman and Paul’s Run have been hard at work in “Person First Training.” This training focuses on effective communication techniques which lead to deeper relationships with our residents.
Skilled nursing at Artman and Healthcare at Paul’s Run have divided into separate neighborhoods. In this process our nurses, certified nursing assistants, and therapeutic recreation staff have been assigned to a specific neighborhood to create a team atmosphere among the staff and the residents. The staff and residents will meet each day to plan their daily activities.
Our personal care residents are also planning their own activities based on their individual interests. For example, one Artman resident mentioned to her certified nursing assistant that she would like to start a knitting circle. So residents and staff got together and did some knitting. The knitting circle now meets every Wednesday in the fireplace room.
One of the ways our staff is getting to know the residents is by having fun. In January the administration staff hosted a 1950’s themed party for healthcare residents at Paul’s Run. The party included costumes, dancing and 50’s themed bingo with prizes. It was a special opportunity for office staff to spend time with the residents, get to know them better, and begin to develop deeper relationships with them.
Staff and residents are also participating in Community Circles, daily opportunities for discussions. The staff begin by asking questions that lead into meaningful conversations. Frequently staff and residents discover similar interests leading to deeper relationships and new friendships.
By getting to know the residents on a deeper level, we are better able to understand their favorite pastimes. If you have any questions or comments about culture change, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 215-934-3039.