Life Soars at St. John’s New CCRC in Albert Lea, Minnesota

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

ACTION PACT GOES RURAL!

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

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

The Magic of Music

Enjoying and appreciating music may still appeal to persons living with dementia, but music may offer a lot more than pleasure: a connection to memory and emotional expression that might not be otherwise accessible. Read these simple but powerful stories to be reminded of the myriad ways we might incorporate music into daily life, to both entertain and ENGAGE! 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