With fishing trips, a private dining room for family gatherings, and a town center to meet up with friends, Perham Living looks more like a small community than a nursing home. Residents attend household council meetings, and even participate in the interviewing of prospective employees.
The “household model” of care incorporates staff and residents as divided into one of our six households; households include 16 residents each with permanently assigned staff.
As a result of switching to the household model, residents have become more involved in how they live in their households. Residents tell the staff how they want to live: what time they want to get up; what they like to eat; what they want to do for the day; and when they would like to go to bed.
In addition to the households, a Town Center was created as a common meeting area for all residents. Included in the Town Center are a barber/beauty shop, a theatre, a gift store, a chapel, and a Courtyard Café. This gives residents the opportunity to leave their households and “go to town.”
Perham Living caregivers are cross-trained in all areas and certified as nursing assistants to respond quickly to resident needs, no matter what they are. Everyone works hard, doing whatever needs to be done to make Perham Living the best possible home.
It’s not just the residents and staff who are benefiting from the household model; family members of residents are being given peace-of-mind. It gives them comfort knowing that there is a beautiful home for their family member who is in need of skilled care.
Perham Living Refresh FAQs
Why are we remodeling? Perham Living remodeled and opened its new addition to the nursing home in 2006. Since then, 96 residents and approximately 150 staff occupy the building every day. Significant wear-and-tear has occurred to the building. This refresh project will repair damage and wear to the building and will provide updated furnishing to improve the environment for those who call Perham Living Home.
The project includes primarily finishes: flooring, paint, fixtures, and furniture. Wall protection will be added to restrooms and certain areas throughout the household that currently see the most damage due to lifts and wheelchairs. The kitchens will be totally updated. The project does not include spa rooms, dens, pantries, and certain parts of the Town Center. The spas will be replaced at a later date.
The project will begin April 1, 2019, and anticipated to be completed at the end of 2020.
Each household will take approximately 12 weeks to complete – four to six weeks for each wing and one to two weeks to complete the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
The project will start with the upper level households – Burlington and then Timber Grove. Once complete, the refresh will move to the lower level and commence in Pine Harbor and Harvest Glen, followed by Prairie Knoll, and, finally, Transitions.
Each household refresh will be divided into three phases; half the resident rooms in phase one, the other half of resident rooms in phase two, with phase three including the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The Town Center will be painted and receive new flooring as time allows throughout the project. This schedule may change as the project moves forward.
One of our primary goals is to ensure the project proceeds as quickly as possible and stays on schedule. Therefore, if the contractor completes the first wing of a household and residents are not ready to move from the second wing, the contractor will proceed with remodeling the kitchen, dining room, and living room in order to keep the project moving. We will strive to provide as much notice as possible when schedule changes occur.
A concerted effort was made to ensure décor is appropriate for seniors. The majority of selections are specifically designed for use in long-term care settings.
The carpet and paint will consist of neutral colors and designs in order to be as timeless as possible. Our residents have expressed a desire for carpet within the household, so carpet will be placed throughout with the exception of a non-slip, laminate product in the dining rooms.
Our priority through this project is to ensure comfort and safety for the individuals who live at Perham Living. With this in mind, temporary rooms have been fit-up throughout the building to ensure residents are insulated from the work, as much as possible, for the four to six weeks it will take to remodel their rooms.