More Freedom for Staff Means a Better Life for Residents

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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

ACTION PACT GOES RURAL!

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Our household model, the first of its kind in the Hiawatha area, will encourage individuals to live life on their own terms, with the support of our highly-trained staff members. Our mission is to create a deep sense of connectivity between elders, their family and friends, and the community they live in Continue reading

LESSONS FROM THE ROAD

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We all want to feel a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives – to be part of something bigger than ourselves and aspire to a higher moral purpose. Many of us find this meaning in our work and implementing the Household Model enables us to do just that because even on difficult days we feel fulfilled knowing we are enabling a better life for our most vulnerable…

The takeaway from my last 10 years is that culture change work is fulfilling, morally uplifting, and hard – it is especially difficult for direct care givers. But there is no doubt it is “worth it” in the end. Continue reading

Shaking up the Status Quo

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Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national service for America’s booming 50+ population, has begun a year-long project on aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging. The most recent article – A New Twist on Planned Senior Communities, by Beth Baker, describes four communities that focus on wellness and quality of life. Continue reading

The Piper: Q & A with Steve Shields

The Piper is a new Household Model assisted living community near The Legends in Kansas City, KS. The Piper was developed and built by Assisted Living Associates, a partnership between PAR Development, Clarkson Construction Company and Action Pact, a Manhattan, KS based company specializing in senior living.  Action Pact pioneered the Household Model, an innovative philosophy that embodies person-centered care.  Their services include development and design of senior living environments, organizational transformation and consulting.  They are nationally known for their innovative work of transforming assisted living and nursing homes from institutions into warm, nurturing homes. Steve Shields, CEO of Action Pact, answers questions about what this model offers from a variety of folks with different needs.  www.thepiperlife.com