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A New Year, A New Way to Think About Senior Care

As the only registered Eden Alternative facility in Cedar Rapids, we are often asked to define our unique philosophy of care. You can see it reflected in the way we treat our Elders and in everything we do. It motivates us to provide better care and become better care partners. But what exactly is the Eden Alternative Philosophy? Understanding the Eden Alternative Philosophy Simply put, the Eden Philosophy is an alternative approach to senior care. Traditionally, long-term care facilities are stigmatized as places of frailty and waiting. The Eden Alternative Philosophy seeks to turn this idea on its head and create a new kind of care environment. Through this approach, care facilities become human habitats that treat more than just physical ailments—they address the human need for emotional and spiritual fulfilment. Aging is often seen as a period of decline, but we view it as another step in the continuous journey to grow as a person. In caring for our Elders, we learn from them. We draw inspiration from them. And in doing so, we grow ourselves. This allows the care giver becomes the care partner, and our Elders play a greater role in their own wellness, preserving their independence, their dignity, and their sense of self-worth. The Eden Alternative Philosophy at Work At its core, the Eden Alternative Philosophy of care seeks to eliminate the three plagues that tend to affect long-term care centers: loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Loneliness To combat loneliness, we encourage social interaction by offering a variety of group activities that our Elders can choose from. Our community ties run deep—guests from schools, churches, and other organizations drop by frequently to perform, volunteer or just visit with the folks at West [...]

By |2018-11-29T15:31:10+00:00January 17th, 2017|Happenings, Love, Remember|Comments Off on A New Year, A New Way to Think About Senior Care

Celebrating the Season: Holiday Fun at West Ridge

Getting into the Spirit December got off to a fun start this weekend with visiting friends from the Girl Scouts and Coe College. On Saturday, the enthusiastic Troop 5819 was in to play games and do some crafts with the residents. We loved looking around the room and seeing nothing but smiles! A big “thank you” also goes out to the sororities from Coe College who helped us get into the spirit with some old-fashioned caroling. Our residents and staff couldn’t help but sing along as they strolled up and down the halls of West Ridge. The Season for Giving The West Ridge Toys for Tots box is almost full—help us fill it up! Stop by and donate a toy before December 9th. Your generosity is appreciated. A Lot to Look Forward To This weekend the residents will get serious about their shopping as we head to the Coral Ridge Mall on our weekly outing. Then on Saturday, December 10th we’ll show two of our residents’ favorite seasonal movies: A Christmas Story and White Christmas. We'll have the popcorn ready! Check out our activity calendar to see the full schedule of upcoming movies—we’d love to have you there. Finally, mark your calendars! A Christmas Party and Dinner for our residents will be held on December 15th. Bring your appetite for food and fun! Find more details here.

By |2018-11-29T15:31:10+00:00December 8th, 2016|Happenings, Love|Comments Off on Celebrating the Season: Holiday Fun at West Ridge

West Ridge Care Center Trunk Show!

Christopher Banks & C J Banks INVITES YOU to join us at West Ridge Care Center For a Trunk Show! Monday, August 25th 2:00 pm We will have clothes and accessories to purchase the day of the event! We accept cash, checks and credit cards. We are no longer able to accept debit cards. We apologize for the inconvenience.

By |2018-11-29T15:31:10+00:00August 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on West Ridge Care Center Trunk Show!

– Press Release – West Ridge Care Center Recognized For Quality Management

West Ridge Care Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). This is the second commendation this year for West Ridge, who received an overall quality rating of 5 Stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) in June. The awards mark the progress the Cedar Rapids care center has made in their plans to improve the overall quality of their facilities, staff and patient care. The Bronze National Quality Award is the first of three distinctions given by the AHCA/NCAL to long-term care facilities in recognition of their commitment to quality improvements. The award is aimed at helping those centers achieve their performance goals and continue to develop a systematic approach for further improvement. “I applaud West Ridge Care Center for its commitment to delivering quality care”, said Mark Parkinson, President of AHCA/NCAL. “The award represents the dedication that each Bronze recipient has given to improve in the long-term and post-acute care profession.” West Ridge is among 390 centers in the United States and 14 in the state of Iowa chosen to receive the Bronze award. It will be presented to the Cedar Rapids care facility early this October in Washington D.C at the AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition. More information about the award can be found at Like the Bronze Award, the 5 Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service also recognizes excellence in senior care. CMS rates its nursing homes based on their staffing and quality measures, in addition to a health inspection. In a breakdown of their overall 5 Star ranking, West Ridge received [...]

By |2018-11-29T15:31:10+00:00July 10th, 2014|Happenings|Comments Off on – Press Release – West Ridge Care Center Recognized For Quality Management