MT. PLEASANT –Park Place Elder Living, a Registered Eden Alternative Home, continues on their journey to transform from a medial model facility into a home-like setting where elders experience life and have opportunities to grow. Elders enjoy group and individualized activities designed to meet their specific interests, and through the Eden Alternative, sensitivity is shown for each resident’s physical and emotional needs.
According to Carol Ruggles, Activities Coordinator at Park Place Elder Living, “The core concept of the Eden Alternative philosophy is strikingly simple. We must teach ourselves to see places where elders live as homes for human beings rather than facilities for the frail and elderly. We must learn about vibrant, vigorous living. The bulk of our work to date has been in de-institutionalizing the culture and environment of today’s nursing homes and other long term care institutions.”
One of the many concepts to bring home into Park Place’s environment starts at their front doors. The Eden Alternative teaches that how we feel, what we see, hear, taste, and smell are all factors that make a home a home. Park Place Elder Living makes every effort to make this happen for the elders who live there. This is accomplished by focusing on life and living, and eliminating feelings of boredom, helplessness and loneliness. Park Place staff incorporates animals, plants, birds, flowers and a host of other amenities into the elders’ surroundings; this includes creating special environments to celebrate the different seasons.
“Park Place Elder Living decorates the lobby area to depict the season we are currently in. Our current autumn display is one that is reminiscent of the past as well as the present. Our elders agreed to be photographed in hats and attire borrowed from Midwest Old Threshers Theater Museum. A special thank you to Lennis Moore for allowing us to borrow these items. At our photo session, make-up artist, Betty Mullen, applied blush and lipstick on the ladies. Then, selections of hats and attire were made with a photo shoot following. Bryan Katchay assisted our photographer, Alaine Geeding, both of whom are Activities Assistants at Park Place,” Ruggles explained.
“Once photographed many of the families and elders assisted us in picking out the right photo which we then enlarged and printed in black and white. Words really can’t express all of the love and laughter that we had in combining our efforts to make this project happen. Incorporating this project with the theme of the lobby décor makes it a welcoming environment for all to enjoy. Park Place Elder Living invites guests to visit and see the transformation.”
Park Place Elder Living is taking referrals and currently has openings for new residents to join the Park Place family. For more information, call 319-385-6192.