You may have noticed, for the past few years major renovations have been taking place at The Hearth at Drexel, our senior community in Bala Cynwyd, and at the Halle Health Center at Paul’s Run in Northeast Philadelphia, to make way for our new model of care at our senior communities: “person-center” care. We call this The Liberty Way.
Artman is also transforming from a traditional institutional long-term care facility to a personalized home for each resident. This includes a change in philosophy, staff responsibilities, environment and organizational structures. Preparations are now underway at Artman to launch the next step in this process – building renovations – featuring a new household model for resident care in Skilled Nursing; two Personal Care units transformed into households of 20 residents each, with one household focused on memory care patients; and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation unit.
Artman’s new standard for senior residential care involves a major renovation of Skilled Nursing to provide each resident with greater autonomy and choice in daily schedules and activities.
- The resident centered “household model” will consists of two self-contained living areas, with 20 or fewer residents
- Each household will have its’ own fully functional kitchen, living room, and dining room. Staff will work in multi-disciplinary self-directed work teams to enhance and improve the nursing, dining, and living experiences
- The renovations will also allow the flexibility to establish specialized units in response to trends in reimbursements and consumer needs
In order to deliver concierge type rehabilitation, the new short-term rehabilitation concierge-type unit will include:
- State-of-the-art technology
- Developing new protocols to reduce re-hospitalizations after rehabilitation
- Private rooms
- Enhanced dining services
The two current Personal Care units will be transformed into households of 20 residents each. This renovation will include eliminating the main dining room and adding common areas for two households. One of these households will accommodate residents who need memory support. This area will include more private rooms and individualized care.
The Memory Care household environment will provide an environment focused on the following quality of life outcomes:
- Reduction in medication and negative medication side effects
- Decreased falls and injuries
- Fewer emergency room visits
- Fewer incidents involving violent behaviors
- Increased nutrition and reduction in vitamin deficiencies
- Increased independence and social interaction
- Increased happiness as residents are functioning at a higher level
The Mt. Pleasant Personal Care two-story building, built in 1994, will also be renovated. Each floor will include a central dining room, kitchen, and living area, thus creating a “neighborhood” of approximately 30 residents.
The changes at Artman over the next 16 to 20 months are a natural next step and enhancement to the excellent reputation, and compassionate care that Artman has provided for its senior residents for nearly a century.
For more information about living at Artman, call 215-643-6335 ext 110 or go to www.artman.org.