HOME-LIKE ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
By Glenn Blacklock, Action Pact Consultant
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.
And no matter the packaging or how many advertising dollars are spent trying to convince me that Diet Dr. Pepper tastes like regular Dr. Pepper, my taste buds don’t lie. I know the difference. It’s like that with home. Even the frailest among us knows the difference between homelike and home…
Continue reading Glenn’s terrific article, published in McKnight’s Senior Living on Jan. 30.
First impressions are so important, the saying goes, and it holds true for new residents moving into a long-term care home.
The first 24 hours sets the stage for success or failure and can even impact the home’s future census, says Lois Baer, Administrator and RN, Director of Clinical and Regulatory Compliance at LeadingAge Oklahoma (LAO). “If it doesn’t go well, the resident and family members are going to question whether they’ve made a good choice … it can magnify minor issues that may come up later,” she adds. Continue reading “First 24 Hours Paves Way to Resident Satisfaction”
Through our PersonFirst® trainings, Action Pact has long promoted community circles as a tool for meaningful engagement with residents living with dementia. An open-ended question is posed to the group and each resident, sometimes with encouragement from staff, answers the question or comments on the topic. In this way, staff and residents get to know each other better and build community with the side benefit of gaining a better understanding about how best to serve the residents in their daily lives.
The residents of The Village Court, the memory support neighborhood of Asbury Place Maryville in Maryville, TN, recently took their “fun circle” (as they call it) in a creative direction. Continue reading “Creating Home and Poetry”
I travel for work, a lot, and so I am very familiar with the feeling of “coming home,” of looking forward to being with my family again and settling into the comfort and security my home offers. As part of Action Pact’s transformation work with clients, we explore the elements of home, one of which is “journeying.” Whether for an hour, a day or a few weeks, journeying includes the excitement of planning for the trip, the experience of being away from home and the inevitable return. I’ve been wondering if I, as a serial traveler, experience journeying the same way people living in nursing homes, assisted living and personal care do. Continue reading ““Coming Home” Is Made Possible In The Household Model”
“It doesn’t have to be complicated.” –Tracy Anderson, Architect, Action Pact Design
If your home is like mine, life revolves around the kitchen and dining area. It’s where we go for a late-night snack or daytime meal; relax with friends and family while sharing news of the day; reflect in solitude over a cup of coffee or day dream while washing dishes.
It is the same in Action Pact’s Household Model: Continue reading “Designing “Normal” Into The Household Kitchen And Dining Experience”