Opening in March, The Cedars is constructing the Sam L. Cohen Households which will offer Long-term, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care Assisted Living.
The Household Model of Senior Living
The visionary and person-centered Household Model is earning praise across the country and fast becoming the best practice for an enlightened approach to care. At its core is a home environment that begins with a front door with a doorbell and features private bedrooms and bathrooms, a full kitchen that is open 24 hours a day, a living room, dining room, den, sun room, outside garden and other community spaces filled with natural light. In addition to environmental changes, the transformation to the Household Model requires a vitally important culture change process for the entire staff that provides opportunities for continuous learning, creates blended workers, and completes the transition from the institutional model to a person-centered model of care.
The Household Model features a home environment where residents have choices, including when to wake up, what to eat, and how to spend each day, just like we do at home. It’s a model we believe will not only help meet and exceed the expectations of our older adult population but will also be a shining example to our entire industry and will shape the way forward for the improvement of senior healthcare across the nation.
The Person-Directed Life
Each resident chooses the rhythm of his or her individual life, the rituals and pleasures that are part of it. They get up as they wish, eat when and what they want, bath how they prefer, participate in activities as they choose, host family, friends and neighbors, and go outside as the spaces are designed with safety in mind. Residents partner with their physician and Household Coordinator to actively engage and participate in all decisions regarding their care.
Community to Support Quality Care
The community is structured around the Households and the Households are centered around the resident and their family. The Households practice leadership, team decision making, and are deeply committed to high involvement from residents, family and staff. Each Household shapes itself and responds to the needs and direction of the residents who live there. Each Household is led by a team that balances quality of care with quality of life.
The Household Model encourages residents to continue defining who they are through meaningful and purposeful engagement. The six dimensions of wellness are supported – including spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, vocational and emotional – as well as each individual’s energies, appetites, beliefs and attitudes. Through group and individual activities and specialized programs, residents have the opportunity to continue living vibrant lives.
The Heart of the Home
At its core is a home environment that begins with a front door with a doorbell and features private bedrooms and bathrooms, a full kitchen that is open 24 hours a day, a living room, dining room, den, sunroom and other community spaces filled with natural light.