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Person-Centered Care is our personal approach.
Choose Oakwood Heights for easy living near Erie, PA.
We understand how to make aging easier. Create an oasis, designed to maximize independence and minimize chores. Our quality of life is based on this independence. We want to decide when to awake, when to go to bed and when to enjoy the indulgence of a nap.
We decide what to eat and when to eat it. We decide when to enjoy the company of others in public spaces such as our living rooms, patios and kitchens.
We decide when to be comfortable in the private space of our bedroom whether to read, enjoy a much-loved television program or simply be alone with our thoughts.
All these things make us think of home. And all of these are a part of the person-centered care at Oakwood Heights, a Presbyterian SeniorCare Network community in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Daily living should be easy. After all, that’s what you’ve earned. We incorporate the ideals of self-respect and self-determination into our community everyday.
Culture Change is the name given to the national movement that is transforming older adult residential options and services. The movement supports the creation of both long- and short-term living environments as well as community-based settings where older adults and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life.
This Culture Change dramatically impacts organization practices, physical environments, relationships and workforce models. The result is enhanced quality of life for residents. It’s making aging easier. Here are just a few case studies that suggest making aging easier makes a real difference:
- From 2000 to 2010, a Pennsylvania senior living community reported a 44 percent decrease in falls and injuries, a 13 percent decrease in the use of psychotropic medications and a 30 percent decrease in weight loss – all attributed to Culture Change.
- Data from the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign indicates that members who embraced Culture Change also made progress in reducing physical ailments and improving pain management.
- The Pioneer Network found a decrease in the number of residents who spend most of their time in a bed or chair among those who are adopters of Culture Change.
- Westminster-Thurber Community’s 2009 study shows 98 percent satisfaction and recommendation to others of its services after implementing Culture Change.
- An independent study of another Pennsylvania community confirmed that employee turnover decreased from 70 percent per year to 18 percent once Culture Change was implemented.
All of these examples confirm that Culture Change is a positive factor in making the aging process a better experience.
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