The William Breman Jewish Home is more than just a long-term care and rehab facility. Our long history and rich tradition of high quality care, community support and person-centered approach translates to an environment in which residents feel they are at a home rather than an institution. We pride ourselves not just on our quality awards and staff longevity, but on the close relationships that exist between our residents, family members and staff. (Link for quality awards and staff longevity?)
Each day, our large and active Auxiliary and dedicated corps of volunteers join residents in participating in activities and experiences that honor and celebrate every moment they share with us. Visit our Photo Gallery to see some of our residents’ favorite programs.
Journey to Culture Change
The Home has been part of the Culture Change movement since 1995 when designing our current building. “Culture change” is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected.
This person-centered approach to care is based on the Pioneer Network, a non-profit who shares The Home’s guiding principle of providing care that “honors our mothers and fathers” with:
- Purposeful living
Culture Change Initiatives at The Home
Consistent Staff Assignments
Residents are more comfortable with caregivers who know and understand them, and are grateful not to have to explain to new staff how to care for them day after day. Residents and their family members develop relationships with staff over time, creating close relationships and trust.
Intimate Neighborhoods with Spa-Like Amenities
To create a more intimate sense of community and to encourage residents to socialize outside their own rooms, each of our four floors is divided into two neighborhoods with 12 resident rooms surrounding its own kitchen and dining room. Each floor also has a spectacular spa bathing room and inviting living rooms and garden rooms for family social time and group activities. The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout The Home and in all resident rooms provide bright and beautiful views of nature when sitting or standing.
Our registered dietician plays a key role in maintaining our residents’ health and promoting a high quality of life with our liberal diet program. As a result, residents have more choice in the foods they eat by selecting from a menu each week. The Resident Food Committee meets regularly to sample new dishes and recipes and help determine new menu choices. Meals are served in each neighborhood’s dining room with cloth napkins and plates instead of trays to feel more like home.
The Family Council promotes communication between family members and The Home, welcomes new residents and their families and facilitates family members getting to know each other. The council meets quarterly and includes relatives, guardians and friends of current residents.
One of the unique features in each of our neighborhoods is our Portrait Project Gallery. Each long term care resident has a beautiful professional portrait made and is interviewed to learn about favorite experiences, interests and hobbies. The interviews and photographs are then artfully displayed in the dining rooms on each floor, giving staff and other residents and families an opportunity to learn more about each other.
Welcome Home Program
The Welcome Home Program is a peer support to assist and ease adjustment for new family members as they move a loved one into The Home. Family orientation sessions are conducted. Former family members participate in these sessions and discuss relevant topics such as realistic expectations and effective communication with staff.
Spouse Support Group
Our Social Workers facilitate a quarterly support group for the spouses of our residents.
To Learn More
Please contact us or call Shelly Eisenstadt, LCSW, Director of Social Services and Admissions, at 404.351.8414.