Cindy Murphy, agrees most people wait until there is an emergency to make a change: “The primary caregiver should be asking themselves if they are suffering from lack of sleep, their own health has declined, or if their loved one is no longer safe at home. It may be time to start looking for appropriate placement.” Murphy also explained, “Poet’s Walk is the only stand-alone memory care assisted living community in our area. We focus on caring for people with dementia – it’s the one thing we do, and we do it extremely well. We have a home-like atmosphere that doesn’t feel like a secure environment.”
Having come from the home health care industry, Murphy loves her one-on-one interaction and relationship-building with the families. “This is the most meaningful job I’ve ever had,” she said. “It is so rewarding to see the changes in the family relationships now that they are no longer care-provider and patient and are simply free to enjoy each other’s company.”
A 24-hour staff of care partners ensure every client’s personal needs are being met. They help with such things as bathing, toileting, dressing, or simply a walk or a chat. JoAnn Gaines, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for over 30 years, said, “I want to make sure I am the best that I can be in caring for the residents. I work hard to help them feel good about themselves and show them that they are still people who are loved and cared for. I thank God for putting me here at Poet’s Walk where I can serve.”
Executive chef, Andrew Nicholson, has a passion for culinary arts and he uses his military background and culinary skills to provide nutritious high-class meals to the residents. His personal mission is to make a difference in an Alzheimer’s community and he takes it very seriously. “Providing meals and interacting with the residents is the highlight of my day,” he said. “Knowing that I am able to use my skills to make an impact on others’ lives and give back keeps a smile on my face.”
The innovative technology employed by Poet’s Walk also sets them apart from other health care facilities. Director of environmental services, Mark Frazier, explains the way the safety system works. “First there are pull cords in the residents’ rooms and bathrooms, which call the nursing staff’s phones, showing the resident’s room number. We also employ motion sensors in each room and a sensor in the toilets, which help us monitor sleep patterns. If someone is deemed a fall risk, a new technology safety device is installed on the bed which sends a message to the same phones whenever the resident has gotten up.” With over 10 years of experience working in much larger buildings, Mark now enjoys the time he gets to spend with the residents; really listening to them and meeting their needs.
Executive director, Terra Brown commented, “I was intrigued by the company’s motto ‘caring with a commitment to quality’ because it’s hard to find a place where you get both. The community promotes independence, dignity, and compassion from the top down. I hand-pick each staff member with care, seeking out individuals who will show extreme patience with the residents and their families. We want each staff member to convey a positive message about Poet’s Walk, that this is a workplace they are proud of.”
If you are concerned for your loved one, consider a community with 24-hour compassionate nursing care, a low staff-to-resident ratio, and an extensive activity program that will keep your loved one out of their rooms and engaged all day. You will sleep better once you have peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and well cared for, perhaps in some ways, even better than they were at home.For more information on Poet’s Walk of Warrenton contact Cindy Murphy, community relations director, at 540-242-5236, or visit their website at www.poetswalk-springhills.com.
As appeared in Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, May 2018