Wegman Family Cottages
at Park Ridge Living Center
1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626
(585) 723-7205 general information
(585) 723-7688 admission information
Park Ridge Living Center has served elders and their families since 1972. Our mission is to provide quality care, independence, and a positive living experience for patients and residents. The mission is achieved through the core values of Unity Health System: respect, quality service, empowerment, compassion, and creativity.
Wegman Family Cottages at Park Ridge Living Center - Embracing a New Model of Care
In April 2010, Park Ridge Living Center opened the Wegman Family Cottages at Park Ridge Living Center on the Unity Park Ridge Health Care Campus in Greece.
The Wegman Family Cottages embrace a new model of care for Living Center elders (residents), where they are encouraged to make their own choices, and provided a home environment in which they will live and share life’s journey.
Often referred to as the Culture Change model, this is a new approach to traditional skilled nursing care. Combining our caring philosophy, home organizational structure, and inviting architecture, we have carefully removed institutionalization from the long-term care model. Each day revolves around the elder, focusing on independence, dignity, choice, and keeping decision-making as close to the elder as possible, while providing the appropriate medical and clinical services they need.
Specialized services include physical and occupational therapies, speech-language pathology, medical care, specialized dietary services, social work services, and pharmacy services. In addition, several specialty services are offered, including psychiatry, dentistry, and podiatry.
The Wegman Family Cottages are designed around the small home concept. Each of the four ranch-style cottage homes has 20 private rooms, each with a private bath. The central dining area is easily accessible with adjacent kitchen and living room areas. The kitchen is designed to encourage participation of the elders in meal planning and preparation, just like at home.
Care in the Cottages is provided by a new multi-talented worker, called a shahbaz. The shahbaz assists each elder in embracing their individual abilities. These workers are certified nursing assistants, and trained in safe food handling, cooking, home maintenance, activities, and housekeeping. They work in concert with a clinical support team of nurses, therapists, medical clinicians, and social workers who visit the home, much like the routine you would find in home health care. Nursing staff collaborates with elders and their families to provide personalized care for each elder to foster independence.
The small home model, known as Green House® homes, began in Tuepelo, Mississippi. Research on this model of care has found higher satisfaction levels among elders, their family members, and staff, less decline in activities of daily living, reduced incidence of elder depression, use of fewer medications, and improved overall quality of life.
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