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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 29, 2019) – The Goodman Group is excited to share that two of its managed communities, The Residence at Timber Pines located in Spring Hill, Fla., and Hillside Health & Rehabilitation located in Missoula, Mont., have each been selected to receive one of The Foundation for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine’s (AMDA) 2019 Quality Improvement & Health Outcome Awards (QIHO).
The Residence at Timber Pines was selected for its quality of life program Montessori Inspired Lifestyle®: Resident Centered Care for an Assisted Living Memory Care Neighborhood. The community’s Pearls of Life® memory care offers Montessori Inspired Lifestyle, a positive approach to providing care for adults living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The program allows residents to focus on their individual strengths and engage in meaningful activities to stimulate the mind and improve overall quality of life. Montessori Inspired Lifestyle recognizes the value of each individual and helps residents live dignified, well-rounded lives.
Montessori Inspired Lifestyle is based on the methods of Maria Montessori, as adapted for adults by Dr. Cameron Camp, founder of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. Dr. Camp is the innovator and founder of the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle approach to dementia care. The initial Montessori Inspired Lifestyle training and program implementation took place at The Residence at Timber Pines in November 2017.
Hillside Health & Rehabilitation was selected for its quality of life program Taking a Proactive Approach to Fall Prevention. Falls are recognized as a common problem among skilled care communities. The program was implemented with the goal to reduce the occurrence of falls to less than 6.5 percent. There were several components of the implementation process to ensure that the program would be effective and sustainable. The implementation of the components was phased in throughout a 6-month timeframe. The components of the program included educational opportunities for staff; interventions for residents at risk of falls; an informal audit for program evaluation; and staff communication and ownership of the program.
To ensure that Taking a Proactive Approach to Fall Prevention would be successful, individualized care plans and assessments were created for each resident prior to their admission. Staff recognized that understanding the resident’s prior home environment and routine would be useful in the prevention of falls. If the resident was determined to be at risk for falls, the factors that contribute to the risk were addressed on the initial care plan and the resident was placed on the “Falling Star” program. The Falling Star program is an organizational intervention that allows staff to easily identify residents that are at risk of a fall. A star is placed on the resident’s door frame to indicate the resident is on the program. From December 2017 to September 2018, the fall rate was reduced from 14.23 percent to 3.05 percent.
“These programs have taken resident care to the next level,” says Craig Edinger, CEO of The Goodman Group. “We are grateful for our dedicated team members at these communities who play an important role in the realization of these goals. We look forward to integrating these programs into more managed communities.” The Residence at Timber Pines and Hillside Health & Rehabilitation were recognized at The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine 2019 annual symposium in Atlanta, on Saturday, March 9.