Avalon Springs is the newest member of the Valparaiso community

2012-03-04T00:00:00Z Avalon Springs is the newest member of the Valparaiso community nwitimes.com
March 04, 2012 12:00 am

Growing older is a part of life. And while it can offer times of joy and laughter, it can also offer its share of challenges both physically and mentally. When the time comes for an aging loved one to receive a bit more personalized care outside of the home, the skilled staff at the brand new Avalon Springs is now here to welcome them with open arms.

Scheduled to open this April in Valparaiso, Avalon Springs is poised to take elder care to a whole new level. Whether it's just a little assistance with one's daily activities or around the clock skilled nursing care, Avalon Springs is sure to offer everything that is needed, both medically and emotionally to its residents. Personalized services and amenities are being carefully coordinated to ensure that each patient is treated via their individual needs and revised when those needs either increase or decrease.

"We have received lots of interest and inquiries from the community as a whole," explains Avalon Springs Community Services Representative Natalie Konicke. "Having the entire facility on one story is definitely a plus, along with the fact that this facility will be made up with well over 100 private rooms and smaller hallways."

"Valparaiso hasn't had a brand new health center for a long time, so everyone involved is very excited about opening our doors," adds Executive Director of Avalon Springs John Kukla, who joined Trilogy Health Services five years ago.

From assisted living to skilled nursing to comprehensive rehabilitation, the services so lovingly provided by a place such as Avalon Springs is sure to give everyone involved the peace of mind that is needed to go on with leading a productive and purposeful life. But of course, many seniors can approach the idea of moving to a nursing home with much resistance. Luckily, the whole idea of a nursing home has changed drastically in recent years. If fact, what was once thought often as a dark, dungy looking facility is now bright and welcoming places for fellowship, exercise and activities. And while it might not feel like ‘home' immediately, countless residents say that the surroundings feel as close to home as they could ever imagine.

"We tell many of our staff that when they come to work, they are entering into our resident's home," explains Kukla. "Avalon Springs will have a very home-like feel. For example, we are specifically decorating with colors that are both soothing and pleasing to the eye. We want our residents to not only feel comfortable here, but also their friends and family. We also take special care in partnering caregivers and residents throughout their stay at our campus, allowing the staff to become closely acquainted with their personal preferences."

With a caring, compassionate and professional team there to provide nurturing caring support and exceptional customer service every step of the way, Avalon Springs' family like atmosphere most certainly has a direct affect on things such as recovery times and emotional wellbeing. In fact, when establishing a staff for the new location, Kukla says that he and his team have kept a number of important things in mind.

"First, we are in the process of hiring staff members who have a true love for seniors and a genuine care for their wellbeing ," he explains. "As much as a staff member needs to know when a resident might need help with a task, they also need to know when it is the right time to let them do things on their own. Our staff is made out of special people who are not here just because they need a job. They are here because they truly love what they do. It's about building a team at this point that will provide exceptional service to the people of Valparaiso."

Perhaps one of the true highlights of the Avalon Springs facility is The Legacy neighborhood, which allows residents maximum independence that is personalized to meet their individual abilities and needs. Residents dealing with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia seem to thrive in this area of the facility.

The Legacy neighborhood offers ‘life stations' which give residents the opportunity to engage in familiar tasks, surrounded by décor that encourages memories of the past. Activity based programs are scheduled specifically to respond to the energy patterns of those living with dementia. A secured courtyard also promotes contact with nature - along with family style dining and private bedrooms with private baths.

"The Legacy idea pays close attention to the natural daily rhythms of our patients, and our care with this is something that really sets us apart," says Kukla. "I would say our programming for those patients dealing with dementia is key to our success. Many things are planned based on the time of the day. During the times of the day when our patients tend to be tired, we just don't plan as much programming, compared to in the morning, where we like to have them doing something like baking cookies, which will then help stimulate appetite for lunchtime."

Indeed, the dining options are also exceptional with multiple choices of food options available to residents each and every day. And keeping busy is easy for the residents of Avalon Springs, who specifically schedule multiple opportunities for their residents to go out on outings in the community throughout the week. The facility will also provide adult daycare for families who need care for their loved one more sporadically.

Obviously, the selection of just the right senior living option is an important one. And whether a resident stays for just a few weeks or a few years, rest assured that they will be accepted with skilled hands and loving arms.


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