Paul’s Run, a Continuous Care Retirement Community in Northeast Philadelphia and service of Liberty Lutheran, unveiled major renovations to its Halle Health Center at a VIP Open House on Wednesday, April 24th. Doctors, social workers, hospital discharge planners and representatives from neighboring retirement communities enjoyed breakfast and tours of the newly renovated community. Organizations represented at the event included the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Nazareth Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital, Philadelphia Protestant Home, Deer Meadows Retirement Community, Wesley Enhanced Living and Oakwood Residence. Continue reading
By Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Liberty Lutheran
Firmly committed to the principles of person-directed care, Liberty Lutheran Senior Services began its culture change journey over three years ago. This journey was not undertaken lightly. There was much study, education and organizational reflection prior to our commitment to this never ending journey. Continue reading →
Harold Hartman, Marjorie Newman, and Mary Vander-Voort, residents at Paul’s Run Retirement Community have graduated from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s “Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (PEER)” course. The ten hour course, taught by a state-certified ombudsman, teaches residents about residents’ rights, and provides training on self-advocacy, problem solving and negotiating. Continue reading →
Residents at Artman Lutheran Home who participate in a weekly “Knitting Circle” are working on a special project. The group, which meets every Wednesday in the Fireplace Room, is crocheting a “Celebration of Life” quilt, which are used to honor residents who have passed away. Continue reading →
A message from Karen Read, Nurse Educator:
The staff at Artman and Paul’s Run have been hard at work in “Person First Training.” This training focuses on effective communication techniques which lead to deeper relationships with our residents. Continue reading →
A Message from Katrina Wise Vice President Senior Services, Liberty Lutheran, and Executive Director of Paul’s Run:
As many of you have seen, the renovations to our greenhouse have been completed. Our residents are now using this community space for their card games, special activities, and even enjoying cooking classes. Continue reading →
A message from Janet Lorenzon, Associate Executive Director, Artman Lutheran Home:
I’d like to tell you about some of the plans we are making to support our work of transforming senior services through culture change. Continue reading →
Are you curious or a little bit confused about what “Culture Change” is? Katrina Wise, Vice President of Senior Services, Liberty Lutheran, explains:
“Culture Change transforms the traditional hospital model of nursing homes into one that nurtures the residents’ individual preferences and needs, from sleeping and bathing schedules to activities and meals. For example, if a resident wants to sleep in late, wear her slippers all day, and have coffee in her room before going to breakfast, we support that. Here at Liberty Lutheran, we are so committed to our residents. We want to serve them and their families in the best way that we possibly can. This is why we are making Culture Change a reality, because we really, truly care about our residents.
Artman Lutheran Home and Paul’s Run Retirement Community are making a Vital Difference in the lives of their residents by offering enhanced services and participation in Culture Change. Culture Changes promotes deepening the relationship between the staff and the residents. By transforming the way the staff and residents interact, the staff is learning more about the residents, and residents are feeling more empowered to make new and different lifestyle choices.
Artman Lutheran Home and Paul’s Run, two of Liberty Lutheran’s senior communities, are incorporating “Culture Change” and transforming the way aging services are delivered. Care is based on the personal preferences of each resident including scheduled bedtimes, meals and bathing. Consistent staffing, collaboration, communication and nurturing help cultivate the relationship between the staff and residents. Research has indicated that Culture Change adds significant benefits for the residents such as improved appetites, increased activity and a general sense of well-being. In addition, the staff report increased job satisfaction and fulfillment. Continue reading →