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.