Bingo, rosary and sing a longs are the core of most activities in many senior settings. Although we can never… ever..ever… remove bingo from our calendars, there is more we can be doing to enrich our residents’ lives. We are at a point where times are changing, as we continue our journey through what’s known as culture change and so is our understanding at Artman, of what residents need and want from us. My name is Katelyn McKinley and I am the Director of Community Life at Artman, Liberty Lutheran’s senior living community in Ambler, Montgomery County. I have the privilege of supervising a community life staff that provides our residents with daily activities and events to enhance the resident’s quality of life and provide them with a wonderful meaningful day.
When Karen toured The Hearth at Drexel with the Executive Director, Betty Bebian, she believed she found a perfect solution for the care and support that her parents needed.
Karen says, “Although Mom and Dad had lived independently all their lives, their needs for care and daily support were increasing. We didn’t want a clinical environment with restrictions and call- bells, but a place they could call home.”
Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator
Liberty Lutheran is meeting and exceeding the expectations of our senior customers in revolutionary ways. For the past two years, expert consultants in “Culture Change” have been training Artman and Paul’s Run staff in person-centered care – the new Liberty Way.
By: Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Senior Living
If you live in, work at or visit any of our Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities, (Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, The Village at Penn State, and Mary J. Drexel) chances are you have heard or read about “culture change” and may be wondering what it is. In long term living, culture change is a transformational organizational shift from the institutional medical model of care to a “person centered” model that emphasizes individual choice and recognizes that each individual is unique and must be celebrated. At Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities we call our culture change journey the “Liberty Way”.
Paul’s Run, a Continuous Care Retirement Community in Northeast Philadelphia and service of Liberty Lutheran, unveiled major renovations to its Halle Health Center at a VIP Open House on Wednesday, April 24th. Doctors, social workers, hospital discharge planners and representatives from neighboring retirement communities enjoyed breakfast and tours of the newly renovated community. Organizations represented at the event included the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Nazareth Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital, Philadelphia Protestant Home, Deer Meadows Retirement Community, Wesley Enhanced Living and Oakwood Residence. Continue reading →
By Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Liberty Lutheran
Firmly committed to the principles of person-directed care, Liberty Lutheran Senior Services began its culture change journey over three years ago. This journey was not undertaken lightly. There was much study, education and organizational reflection prior to our commitment to this never ending journey. Continue reading →
Harold Hartman, Marjorie Newman, and Mary Vander-Voort, residents at Paul’s Run Retirement Community have graduated from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s “Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (PEER)” course. The ten hour course, taught by a state-certified ombudsman, teaches residents about residents’ rights, and provides training on self-advocacy, problem solving and negotiating. Continue reading →
Residents at Artman Lutheran Home who participate in a weekly “Knitting Circle” are working on a special project. The group, which meets every Wednesday in the Fireplace Room, is crocheting a “Celebration of Life” quilt, which are used to honor residents who have passed away. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →