The Residences at Deer Creek is a senior living community offering as much or as little assistance as residents need. They offer private apartments ranging from studios to two bedrooms with two baths, with private balconies on select units. They are different than other senior living communities in many ways. First, they offer strong physician support and affiliation. Residents may use their own physician or one recommended by the Residences at Deer Creek, and the community uses the latest in care technologies to augment residents’ current health and wellness practices.
Patti Britton, Director of Resident Services, explains her role caring for residents and how she works as a liaison with the medical community. Britton says, “In addition to managing the clerical operations here at the Residences at Deer Creek, I am the go between for families, residents, and physicians. I help to communicate their goals, needs, and desires. I report to the physician any resident health or behavior changes that occur.”
Independent living is essential for Britton and her staff at the Residences of Deer Creek. “We focus on wellness and keeping our residents independent, which can be a challenge that other living facilities are not willing to face. Sure it’s easier to just do a task for the residents, like put a shoe on quickly, but that doesn’t help the resident live independently. We make sure our staff allows the resident to do it themselves, and assist if needed, to allow them their independence. When they live independently you can see the satisfaction. The residents can do it on their own and that way they keep their dignity and pride. For example, one resident had a hard time getting her feet into the bed because at a previous facility they would always do it for her. But here, our staff worked with her and when she could do it on her own she was so excited. It gives them more quality of life, and lets them stay in an assisted community longer,” she says.
Britton says that her experience has led her to work with residents and staff at the Residences at Deer Creek. She explains, “I also do the education for the nursing staff, to keep them current on standards of care and the industry. I have been in long-term care for 23 years and have a lot of experience in dementia and memory care, working with the Alzheimer’s Association and am certified to do the memory care training that is required in Indiana. I started out as a CNA and was a baseline caregiver so I’ve worked my way up through numerous positions. But it’s important to note that I’m a working supervisor, which is important to me, so I can be with the patients and get to know them. I want our staff to know the person, not just the
situation they’re in.”
Director of Life Enrichment
Also adding to quality of life for residents is Cindy Horgash, Director of Life Enrichment. “I work with the residential activities, keeping residents entertained and fit. We may reminisce about stories from their past or talk about old Hollywood couples, we make crafts, we take trips, and we enjoy music and dinner together. One of my families told me that we’ll never get their mom out of her apartment, and she is never in her apartment! We have so many different activity rooms in our community, such as our fitness room, our media room with movies and popcorn, and our games room where we play a variety of card games like bunco,” says Horgash.
Keeping residents’ minds and bodies active is essential, Horgash says. “It’s important because we have to stay active, just getting out and meeting other people, socializing, exercising, and keeping our minds working. This is my area of expertise because I have previously worked with the town of Schererville as a recreation coordinator for 17 years. I’ve worked with families, seniors, adults, and I really enjoy people. I’m a people person no matter what age!”
Noelle Peters, Executive Assistant, also makes quality of life for residents her number one priority. “We make sure the residents love living here. I show the facilities here, take people on tours, and I interact with the residents. I help with any questions the residents have. The whole atmosphere of the building here has a welcoming feel. It feels like home. Our staff was hand selected, and we all mesh well together. I love coming to work. It’s enjoyable, it’s rewarding. It’s beautiful here!” Peters says.
Lead Line Cook and Pastry Chef
Eric O’Quinn, Lead Line Cook and Pastry Chef, is one of the residents’ favorites because of the tasty dishes he serves up every day. “We try to make our residents feel more at home than anywhere else because this is their home. We try to make a big difference, even if it’s something small. I like making desserts for them, like carrot cake, and I enjoy cooking for them. We have an exhibition kitchen in the dining room and we do omelets, bananas foster, cherries jubilee, and more. Our residents are welcome to bring in recipes they like and we’ll make it for them. I have worked at a country club for 13 years as a pastry chef and at higher end restaurants. The Executive Chef and I have been great friends since third grade and have worked together for over a decade so we complement each other’s skills very well,” says O’Quinn.
The Residences at Deer Creek is an exceptional place to live with an exceptional facility. But more than just a beautiful building, the Residences at Deer Creek offers the best staff in the region, to bring residents a quality of life second to none.
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Residences at Deer Creek
401 East U.S. 30