Oct 23

Senior Housing: The Grandview at Benefis

by Alice Miller

A new continuing care facility in Great Falls is putting the resident back at the center of senior health care.

The Grandview at Benefis, set to open in Great Falls in late summer 2013, creates a resident-centered model of care which provides both medical and social benefits and pushes the envelope of seniors’ health care, said Frank Soltys, executive director of Senior Services at Benefis Health Systems.

Residents can receive assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing services while retaining as much independence as possible in the continuing care retirement community.

Plans for the new campus also include the eventual inclusion of independent, maintenance-free living residences, from which residents can transition into higher levels of care as medical needs dictate.

Although services are largely private pay, fees are similar to elsewhere in Great Falls, said Charlene Nelson, marketing and sales director for the new campus.

Three senior care cottages comprise the skilled nursing portion of campus.

“The outside will look like a house,” Soltys said.

The inside consists of 16 private bedrooms, each with a private bath, and a shared living, kitchen and dining area. The setup allows for more privacy and more personalized care than more traditional models of care, Nelson said.  Older models tend to be institutional, she said, “Whereas, what we’re creating is very residential.“

Unlike if they remained in their private homes, residents don’t have to worry about maintenance in the residences, which are constructed to be as accessible and free of trip-and-fall hazards as possible. Indoor walkways connect the different areas of campus, so couples can visit their other halves who are in different care areas without worrying about transportation or weather.

Grandview’s assisted living apartments allow for as much independence as possible at every stage by providing three levels of care, Nelson said. Each resident will undergo a level of care assessment before they enter the campus. Assessment results will be used to craft a personalized service plan, which will be reviewed every six months (or more often as needed) and adjusted as necessary.

“It’s the only place in north-central Montana that has all the levels of care together,” Nelson said, adding that multiple levels of care can reduce stress for people who otherwise might need to move to different facilities as their needs change. At Grandview, “they can age in place, so to speak,” Nelson said.

The campus also has direct ties to Benefis acute care facilities, something a large percentage of people who were surveyed before the Grandview project began said was important, said Soltys.

In addition to the medical services offered, Grandview’s senior care cottages, assisted living and memory support also provide ample outdoor and socialization opportunities. Residents can enjoy garden areas, walking paths, a town center area and a spa.

Large garden areas aren’t common, Soltys said. “And I think that’s something that’s important to folks here in Montana,” he said.

Garden areas can be particularly beneficial for memory care residents, Nelson said. All of the plants will be edible and the areas can provide tranquility to residents, she added.

Other activities and programs in memory support are planned to help stave off memory loss.

“So even though they may have trouble remembering yesterday, we’re trying to give them the best today,” Nelson said.

Activities and areas such as a library, computer room and game room will benefit assisted living residents.

“There’s just a lot to do outside their room, and that’s what we’re trying to foster,” said Nelson, stressing that the campus will provide more than just a room.

“Life gets smaller as we get older because there are less things that we can do, so we’re trying to make it as big as possible,” she added.

To learn more, visit http://thegrandviewatbenefis.org.

Alice Miller is a freelance writer, living in the Mission Valley.

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