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

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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

New Nursing Home Designed to Make Seniors Feel at Home

This article was previously published by Connecticut Post.

by Keila Torres Ocasio

In Bunny Kasper’s travels across the U.S. looking for ways to improve the lives of people in the care of Jewish Senior Services, there was one nursing home model that stood out from the rest — the “household model.” Continue reading

“Coming Home” Is Made Possible In The Household Model

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 … Continue reading

Designing “Normal” Into The Household Kitchen And Dining Experience

“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