Not-for-profit long term care providers are becoming increasingly innovative and turning to advances in technology to help consumers ‘age in place’. For example, in Western New York, Lutheran Social Services has designed a new independent living system for seniors called the Smartment Building. The Smartment Building is a new state-of-the-art senior living facility that includes 14 apartments with built-in technology that helps people remain independent for as long as possible.
The nursing home model of care is evolving as well, and remains a critically important component of the long term care array of services. Efforts are underway to undo the institutional nature of nursing home care through “culture change” efforts focused on resident engagement and satisfaction, environmental modifications and changes to staff roles. For example, The Eddy in the Capital Region has adopted and created small-home style care modeled after THE GREEN HOUSE, a concept that transforms traditional skilled nursing care for seniors and offers care in ranch-style houses, complete with private bedrooms and baths, family-style country kitchens with living/dining areas and fireplaces.
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