A Journey to Change
ARTMAN LUTHERAN HOME
TRANSFORMATION TO HOME
In 2009, Liberty Lutheran began a journey to change the way that care and services were delivered to their residents (skilled and personal care) with a desire to transform the medical model to a household environment that would provide choice and dignity for all residents. A phased renovation was devised to create seven person-centered care households for skilled care and personal care, including a dedicated memory care household, and a short stay household with adjacent therapy space.
REPURPOSING EXISTING SPACES
Due to site constraints, the solution involves largely internal repositioned areas with only small minor additions. The existing 61 resident nursing home was transformed to two households and the repurposing of the lower level created a third household dedicated to short stay rehab. A memory care household was created in the older “donut” shaped portion by re-working the circulation and breaking connections to public access. Finally, three additional households were created for general personal care, rounding out the 7 households.
Once the solution was recognized to be a complex incremental renovation with residents living in place, the builder was brought to the team to help further develop and refine the implementation plan. Staff and resident input was critical to the project success. During construction, the team was in daily communication with the direct care staff to ensure that residents were kept safe, that families and staff were informed, and lives were impacted as little as possible.