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Bringing Care Home
In Spring 2018, innovative residences providing assisted living, memory support, and long-term care services opened at Asbury Place in Maryville and Kingsport, Tennessee.
The celebration was the culmination of a two-year journey to become the region’s first provider of health care services utilizing the household model, and was coordinated by Asbury’s Director of Project Development.
The Alpine, Chestnut, Beech, and Baysmont Houses are designed in the style of a private home, encouraging residents to gather in comfortable living areas like a sunny back porch or den, get comfortable around the dining room table, or prepare a family-style meal with caregivers in the kitchen.
A household coordinator designs days around residents’ interests and abilities with a team of multi-functional caregivers who deliver person-centered care.
The exterior is far different than that of a traditional assisted living or skilled nursing center. Gone are sliding doors opening onto a front desk. Instead, people walk up to the front door and ring the bell to be greeted by a caregiver. Also absent are medication carts being wheeled up and down the hall, as well as prescribed meal times.
While each resident has their own private suite, the design not only of the space but of the caregiving team works together to create the feeling of family and of home. Although each house provides the services and security of a traditional health care setting, the feeling is relaxed, warm, and unique to the residents who make it their own.
Mary Misciagna, whose mother is living at Baysmont House in Kingsport has this to say: “They have made a scary situation a lot less scary by showing my mom that they really care about her, by becoming family. They take the time to listen to her and create a personal connection with her. The setting really is like home. Yesterday I ate dinner with her, and the staff sat with the residents and talked and made jokes, just like you would at your own table. The day before they were all playing games in the living room. It really is a special place.”