Debbie, our supervising Registered Nurse, has helped 250+ seniors in 19+ years at Shady Oaks. She is a personal health champion for all our residents.
Debbie works side-by-side with three other expert nurses. Our nurses personally check on residents an average of 2-3 times every day & remain on-call nightly.
Our nurse aides mix long-serving veterans with smart young caregivers. Many are in college. On average, they have worked 4.8 years in our home. We have staff ratios of about 1 aide for 9 residents for days and 1 for 18 at night. Two or more veteran Certified Nursing Assistants are always on duty.
We also partner with local physicians, neuro-psychiatrists, physical & occupational therapists, home-care, local transportation, senior day care, and Bristol Hospital. Dr. Gary Miller, Dr. Asante Mendes, Dr. John Frazier, and Dr. Bruce Backer visit patients in-home here.
Because of our nursing staff’s skill and loyalty, almost all residents stay with us as their needs increase. We help many families through hospice comfort care.
Our home is in a pleasant residential neighborhood with sidewalks, kids arriving home from school, families walking dogs, trees, chipmunks, and baby birds.
Our home has 23 cozy shared and single studio apartments. They have furniture and decorations at no extra charge, and you can bring your own. All rooms have emergency cords. Residents with walkers or wheelchairs do not have to travel far to reach our dining rooms. In our cozy home, residents are not lost or forgotten.
Our meals are delicious and healthy. We take special requests for weekly food orders and always have menu alternatives. Our lead chef learned cooking from her mother in Sicily.
We clean and refresh our apartments every day. We do all resident laundry at no extra cost. Our skilled housekeeper has cleaned our home for 15 years.
We provide free help with all furniture moves. We fix the cable, replace A/C units, and do all repairs. Our maintenance chief has fixed our home for 5 years. We also have strong local professional partners, including plumbers, electricians, and grounds keepers.
We continually reinvest in our building & grounds. In 2016, we installed bright all-new windows, renovated 3 resident rooms, updated our main office, installed wi-fi throughout our home, and landscaped our borders. So far in 2017, we installed central air conditioning, renovated 3 resident rooms, increased our household plants and paintings, lined our parking lot with trees, bought a professional stove, and added two huge 75” televisions for our common rooms.We will complete our much-anticipated in-home elevator by August.
Beyond our foundation of strong nursing & cozy homemaking, we support our residents and resident families as they pursue their personal journeys to happiness.
We have a full-time Director for Activities and Wellness, with a Hartford Seminary Master’s degree. He leads group activities and supports residents one-on-one.
As a community, we gather for activities. These include movies, arts, crafts, games, weekly bingo, youth talent, volunteer groups, and professional performers. We also celebrate milestones, including birthdays and anniversaries. Our physical therapist leads exercises every Thursday. Every Friday, a Eucharistic Minister from nearby St. Gregory’s Church leads our residents in Communion.
One-on-one, we grant personal wishes. Many residents enjoy resting in our gazebo, feeding birds, and helping our tomato plants grow. We have also had resident pets, family guests overnight, shopping trips, visits to Wendy’s, dishes of M&Ms, restaurant delivery orders, family recipes, public iPads and Wi-Fi, special book & movie orders, volunteer work, watercolor painting, Google virtual travel, selected CD dinner music, all-day cookies and tea, faith events, and community volunteers. Our hairdresser prepares hair every Friday at our sunporch salon.
We provide great care, so families enjoy more quality time. Guests are always welcome. Their meals are free. What is your happiness? We will support you.