So, as we discussed in previous blog entries, the Acute Care/Swing Bed side of the building sees an average of 2.2 patients per day. In peak months, that number rises to 3.5. Compare that to our Long Term Care, which usually has 14 permanent residents calling that wing home.
Home. It’s important to remember that this is their home now. That while Doctors, RNs, CNAs and others are scrambling around at work in their wing, they still have to feel comfortable, because this is where they reside.
So while flex areas are being utilized in many areas throughout the conceptual designs, allowing the campus to expand for coverage during surge times, the LTC wing is going to be bigger. There are going to be more designated areas and the rooms are going to be larger.
Right now, the current WMC facility has a large day room for the residents. It features large windows, comfy recliners, table areas to eat, and enough room to host guests. While it does provide enough room for residents to experience plenty of daily activities, it’s far from ideal and does come with many challenges.
First off, there’s separate dining and activities rooms in the conceptual design. No longer will residents have to eat in the same area they have activities in. No longer will they be limited to their personal room or Day Room as their indoor activity options. No longer will staff have to worry about cleaning up meals prior to activities, or vice versa. Just separating those two areas is going to improve their quality of life, which is what WMC is always striving to do.
That doesn’t include the support area, or the placeholder in the design as we discussed earlier. That strip down the middle will contain a lot of things, from restrooms to storage and offices. Also in there will be some sort of family room. That family room will provide a little more privacy for visitors, perfect for birthday parties or quiet conversations outside of the resident’s private room.
That’s right, I said private room. No more roommates. Conceptual designs have private rooms for each of our maximum 14 residents, with 7 bathrooms to be shared by suitemates. These will be spacious rooms, with each private room larger than the rooms residents are required to share in the current WMC facility. Each of the restrooms will be ADA compliant – large enough for wheelchairs to enter, safe enough for all to use.
SEARHC is looking to provide the ideal LTC experience in the state. If they can accomplish that in the new, proposed campus, they will look to expand. We want our elders to stay in Wrangell. We want elders to see Wrangell as the superior nursing and ask to relocate to our island. During presentations, Wold and SEARHC have hammered home the fact they want to design and construct a premium LTC. They’re confident that by doing so, we’ll have a waiting list of potential residents anxious to spend their days with us.