This feels like home (if home doesn’t require chores!)
When we think of home, we think of an oasis where we define what makes up the quality of our lives. We decide when to awake, when to go to bed and when to enjoy the indulgence of a nap.
We decide what to eat and when to eat it. We decide when to enjoy the company of others in public spaces such as our living rooms, patios and kitchens.
We decide when to be comfortable in the private space of our bedroom whether to read, enjoy a much-loved television program or simply be alone with our thoughts.
All these things make us think of home. What if we took all those things that we love most about home and took away the chores? We might have just created the ideal environment to enjoy your life, every day, in a new way. And all of these freedoms are a part of the person-centered care at Manchester Commons, a Presbyterian SeniorCare Network community in Erie, Pennsylvania.
A place where getting older truly means getting better. Where aging is made easier and more enjoyable without sacrificing independence.
Culture Change is the name given to the national movement that is transforming older adult residential options and services. The movement supports creating both long- and short-term living environments, as well as community-based settings, where older adults and their caregivers are able to make choices and practice self-determination at every level of daily life.
The essence of Culture Change is to preserve the self-respect and personal dignity of older adults. Our commitment to preserving personal liberty, in an environment that is caring and supportive, is what distinguishes us and creates an atmosphere where aging is a new, and pleasurable stage of life.
Does the way we provide care make a difference? There is a growing body of research that suggests it certainly does, and in many different aspects of daily life. Here are just a few case studies that suggest making aging easier makes a real difference:
- From 2000 to 2010, a Pennsylvania senior living community reported a 44 percent decrease in falls and injuries, a 13 percent decrease in the use of psychotropic medications and a 30 percent decrease in weight loss – all attributed to Culture Change.
- Data from the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign indicates that members who embraced Culture Change also made progress in reducing physical ailments and improving pain management.
- The Pioneer Network found a decrease in the number of residents who spend most of their time in a bed or chair among those who are adopters of Culture Change.
- Westminster-Thurber Community’s 2009 study shows 98 percent satisfaction and recommendation to others of its services after implementing Culture Change.
- An independent study of another Pennsylvania community confirmed that employee turnover decreased from 70 percent per year to 18 percent once Culture Change was implemented.
- All of these examples confirm that Culture Change is a positive factor in making the aging process a better experience.
To learn more about our our services, please contact us online or call us at 877-350-6761