This physical and philosophical transformation, which is in its final stages, is the result of extensively studying industry trends and listening to our customers. We call this the “Liberty Way.”
We have been working closely with architects, construction companies, and state regulatory agencies to customize a detailed plan to transition the senior communities from the traditional medical model of care to what’s called the “household” model.
Creating the Comforts and Pleasures Of Home
At Artman, it’s an eighteen month project in the making, which includes extensive renovations to the existing skilled nursing unit, creating a new concierge rehabilitation center and “household” for memory support. The personal care unit will no longer have a main dining room. Instead we are adding two common areas with a kitchen and dining area in each household.
In December, Artman opened its new beauty parlor and relocated offices for Medical Records and the Director of Nursing. A new rehabilitation gym on the lower level and skilled nursing were renovated in order to create additional private rooms. This spring, in addition to progress on the new entrance and patio areas, the staff celebrated the completion of the rehab gym – the first area to be completed in the new concierge rehabilitation center.
Janet Lorenzon, Artman’s Executive Director, says, “When I toured the new rehab area with staff there were many ‘oohs and ahs.’ They were amazed at how things are taking shape, and know that the residents will love it! We are all so excited to see the years of planning take shape before our eyes.”
Your Life – Your Way
Residents living at Paul’s Run have seen first-hand how “household living” can enhance daily life and relationships. More than two years ago, the Halle Health Center was renovated and creating more open space by the removal of the nurses’ station – traditionally the primary focus in a health care center or nursing home. Since then, the residents, staff and family members have enjoyed this welcoming environment, a beautiful lounge complete with local artwork and plants, and dining in the country kitchen.
“Since we’ve made these renovations, we’ve seen many positive changes in our residents and staff. Residents are happier and even healthier – and by following the natural rhythms and spontaneity of daily life – staff has the opportunity to develop deeper relationships with our residents. It’s really the Liberty Way, says Katrina Wise, Executive Director of Paul’s Run.
Next Steps at Paul’s Run
This spring, staff and residents celebrated the opening of the new beauty parlor.
“It’s a place our residents can feel pampered. We’re thrilled with the new space,” says Katrina Wise.
Renovations will continue at Paul’s Run over the next nine months. The second floor of Halle Health Center will be overhauled to mirror the first floor. The rehabilitation and short-term care wing on the second floor will be separated from Health Care and remodeled. This plan will offer more autonomy and flexibility for short-term patients whose needs differ from the long-term residents in Health Care. Renovations to the Personal Care common rooms, located on the third and fourth floor of B Building, will feature self-contained living areas with a fully functioning kitchen, living room and dining room.
During the spring and summer months, residents will be able to use the new activity room and visitors will see the work in progress on the new main entrance.
“The new elegant entry to Paul’s Run will celebrate a Philadelphia community icon, featuring a large front porch with ample outdoor seating,” says Katrina
This is one of many articles featured in the spring edition of our At Liberty magazine. Click here to check out to the complete digital version on our website.