Our Care Units
You can expect the best care. It’s part of the plan.
The first thing many people ask about is where they’ll live. The answer depends on what each person needs to be content, comfortable, and cared for.
Memorial Gables is divided into three units—Skilled Nursing, Intermediate Care, and Special Care. Each one is specifically designed around the needs of those who live there, or in the case of Skilled Nursing, those who may only be staying for a short time.
Depending on the unit and individual circumstances, you can select a companion room with a shared bathroom, a private room, or even a suite. Regardless of accommodation, all rooms are furnished with:
- Built-in dresser
- Bedside table
- Cable access
- Ample floor space for wheelchair access and walker use
Also, we’ve allowed enough space for displaying a few cherished personal possessions to encourage personalized room decorating.
At the entrance to each neighborhood is an employee work station, the hub of daily interaction between the nursing staff and residents. It’s here that staff can observe several residents while monitoring the personal needs of each individual. A tailored care plan supports a resident’s ability to care for his or her own personal needs including bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, eating, and walking or wheelchair mobility.
The wings in each neighborhood end with a spacious lounge where residents gather for social time or to quietly sit and observe outdoor activity. Some lounges include large televisions and kitchenettes. Families are welcome to use any of these areas as an expansion of their loved one’s room for routine visits, special gatherings, and celebrations. Secured courtyards on the Long Term Care and Special Care units allow space for these events to move outdoors during appropriate weather.
SKILLED NURSING & REHABILITATION
Acute clinical care of short- and long-term residents.
The Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Unit is where you would come after being discharged from the hospital if you needed additional medical care before returning to your normal lifestyle. Efficient care delivery is not only a critical objective, it’s also reassuring. Especially if you’re a short-term resident and rehabilitation is a priority.
Restoring function and normalcy.
People who have experienced trauma, such as heart failure, stroke, or personal injury may require physical, speech and occupational therapy sessions to regain as much of their functional skill as possible — as well as their independence.
This can hold true for elective procedures as well. Anyone who has received a joint replacement will need to begin post-operative rehabilitation, often just a few hours after surgery.
These sessions are conducted in a therapy center that is equipped with assistive devices that mimic home and work environments. Supervised exercises are designed to improve or regain daily living skills.
But treatment doesn’t stop at the therapy center.
Residents are encouraged to get involved in the daily planned activities at Memorial Gables that will facilitate healing and get them back on their feet.
LONG TERM CARE
Living with dignity, purpose, and a full calendar.
Depending on your abilities and general fitness, the Residential Care Unit could be the best choice when you’re ready to let others take on a few of those chores that, let’s face it, life is too short to worry about.
Residents who live here typically are able to perform many of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL), but might not be able or inclined to live on their own. At Memorial Gables you or your loved one won’t have to worry about maintaining, cleaning, or heating and cooling a house.
In your home, people come together for great conversation and memory making. That comes to Memorial Gables, too, in the form of
- Kitchenettes for supervised cooking, continental breakfast, or snacks
- Restaurant-style meals selected according to tastes and restrictions, as applicable
- Monthly resident council meetings to assist in activity programming
- Spiritual interaction with local houses of worship and pastoral visits on request
- Social, physical, and intellectual activities
- Visits from talented entertainers
- Group trips to enjoyable sites in the region
DEMENTIA & MEMORY CARE
Treating dementia with love and compassion.
Dementia is a condition that’s capable of causing more distress than one individual or family deserves. But unfortunately, it happens. And when it does, it’s important to know that:
- Dementia refers to symptoms, not a particular disease such as Alzheimer’s (although Alzheimer’s accounts for a majority of dementia cases).
- Dementia, affects every person, caregiver, and family differently.
- Dementia can’t be cured, but in many cases it can be well-managed and its progression slowed.
Fortunately, we’ve established a very special wing where those who have been diagnosed with dementia can have a comfortable and supportive quality of life.
Our intention on the Special Care Unit is to offer the security and the loving personal attention we would want for family members and ourselves. The unit is secured at all times and residents are allowed to leave this area only with supervision.
Daily meals are served in a home-like atmosphere with a dining room specially catered for the needs of those who live here. But catering to unique needs should extend beyond mealtime.
At Memorial Gables, we seek to stimulate thinking and enhance mental capacity through group and individual activities such as structured reminiscing sessions, listening to familiar music, and socializing with others.
Calming the confusion.
Resident rooms are designed to be like home and dispel fears about an “institutional” atmosphere. The placement of graphic room identifiers help residents orient to their surroundings.
Common rooms and dining facilities create an atmosphere of warmth with wood floors and calm with pastel colors.
And like every unit at Memorial Gables, a kitchenette is available for supervised cooking or serving personalized meals when structured dining may not be the best choice on a given day.
As a facility known for transparency, we won’t pretend that dementia is an easy condition to witness in a loved one.
But as a skilled nursing facility designed and managed by the region’s leading health system, we can promise you that no one is more devoted to the health and happiness of people with dementia.
Reaching Through Music Therapy
We are pleased to share with you that a special music therapy program provided at Memorial Gables is now providing joy, comfort, and enhancement of a calming influence for some of our residents in the Special Care unit. Many thanks to the Music & Memory™; Certification Program and the Ohio Department of Aging’s Nursing Home Quality Project in assisting with the start-up of the program.
Our facility and staff recently became certified for Music & Memory™, a national program created by a non-profit organization that provides training about the use of personalized music therapy for residents with dementia.
We’ve started out by selecting residents who our nursing staff believes would most benefit. Some of the residents are unable to do other activities. These residents wear headphones to hear their favorite music, which is played on iPod mini shuffles. To customize the therapy for each participant, we ask family members for their recommendations of artists or songs their loved one enjoyed in the past.
It’s obvious to see from their reactions that the minds of residents participating in Music & Memory are being stimulated. Some who are agitated become calm, some start singing, and some who are usually motionless will tap fingers or feet in time with the music. It’s just one more way we work to provide quality care for our valued residents at Memorial Gables.
As we get more equipment, we plan to expand the use of Music & Memory therapy. We welcome donations of new or used iPod mini shuffles and iTune gift cards for our program. The gift cards will be used to purchase resident specific music. If you would like to donate, call (937) 578-4069.
Care when it’s needed most.
At Memorial Gables, we believe all of our services make an impact on the lives of residents and families, but none more significant than respite and hospice care.
Respite Care is needed for an overnight or short-term stay arranged for those individuals whose daytime home care provider (often their children) may be on vacation or need a short reprieve involving temporary care.
Caring for a loved one with a serious illness, no matter how beloved the patient, is a demanding commitment, and we would be the first to remind all caregivers how important it is to take time for themselves.
Hospice Care is designed for terminally ill patients in need of comfort or palliative care, a type of medicine that involves responsible, compassionate and appropriate pain management.
It’s natural to have questions about these care categories, such as screening procedures for those who provide it or whether insurance will cover all or part of the cost. It’s also natural to have mixed feelings about asking them.
Trust us, we’ve probably answered them for someone else. Please know that now you have someone you can turn to for answers.