The Cedars, a retirement community in Portland Maine, has long held and worked toward a vision for person-centered life. They have been engaged in learning, practicing, stumbling and achieving minor and major feats moving away from institution toward home.
MARVIN’S PILOT GOT IT RIGHT! One of the most unifying and powerful accomplishments of self-led teams is realizing that no job and no person is viewed as greater than another. The equation itself is simple: no greater than or less … Continue reading →
Grandma will have eagle eyes watching over her when she moves into one of the new households at Fountain Lake in Albert Lea, MN – especially if it’s nesting season. “We didn’t know a bald eagle’s nest was on the property until about a year after we purchased it,” says Scot Spates, Administrator at St. John’s Lutheran Community.
When the nursing home opens this summer, residents will have a front row seat for the annual show of fledglings from the north side decks on the second and third floor. The third floor balcony offers practically a bird’s eye view into the nest about 80 feet away…. Continue reading →
Not to mention a welcome breath of fresh air! Action Pact has watched with delight as our friends at Brewster Village in Appleton, Wisconsin, have continued to learn and grow while they pursue excellence in the household model and person-centered care. A … Continue reading →
HOME-LIKE ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
It’s not home if it’s not real. You can’t fake it.
A vendor once tried to sell me a music box that made bird-like sounds. I didn’t buy it. I want to hear real birds sing. It’s the vibrant life behind the
song that makes the difference. Continue reading →
Brewing Up LIFE! The photo shown here represents an amazing transformation for one resident of Uniting Caroona Yamba, and his story brought joy and tears to a group of staff there. Why? This gentleman was deemed as having a rapid decline in cognition, being lost … Continue reading →
Two very different trips to Berlin prompted this reflection on broken systems. The metaphor is chilling, but a new and better way is entirely possible!
As a teenager I visited my Aunt Karla who lived in Berlin. I had been there before… Continue reading →
Thursday, 1:30 p.m., the moment residents in Inglis House’s 3-South neighborhood have been waiting for has arrived. It’s Tea Time. They steer their wheelchairs toward the solarium where snacks, music, companionship, and of course, a wide assortment of tea await… Since Inglis House has pivoted toward person-centered care and the Neighborhood Model, staff members feel more freedom to initiate events like Tea Time, and that’s translating into a better life for residents, sometimes with shocking results. Continue reading →