This Change is Widely Appreciated

Patricia Y. Leaman,

Board Chair, Mennonite Home Communities, Lancaster, PA

Patricia Lehman

“About 5 years ago at a retreat our board of directors learned about the home-based model of care for residents in skilled nursing. We were in the process of remodeling our skilled nursing floors and chose to move away from the outdated medical model and its environment and to instead design resident living into “neighborhoods” with kitchens, dining and living rooms, and laundry facilities. We also invested in staff education concerning the new care approach. This change in model of care has restored dignity to our residents in a home-like setting. It took some time, but now this change is widely appreciated by staff and board.”