ENID, Okla. — Greenbrier
Greenbrier in Enid also is taking part in important changes, including a remodel to accommodate residents and their quality of life and changing meal options so residents not only are better nourished but enjoy their meals.
“We work with Oklahoma Health Care Authority. It’s a program called Focus on Excellence,” said Brittany Conner, Greenbrier community relations director.
With Focus of Excellence, facilities can make changes to meet certain quality of life criteria and, when those criteria are met, receive additional funding. Making these and other changes over the past decade has made a mark.
“We’ve noticed an increase in our residents ... they are happy,” said Conner.
Residents of Greenbrier, no matter which level of care they need, are not living in an institution, they are living in a place that feels like a home.
Golden Oaks is another large senior living community in Enid that is implementing programs changing the face of nursing homes nationwide.
Golden Oaks also offers several tiers of senior living, from independent to assisted to nursing home care and even non-permanent care.
“We can offer short-term and respite care,” said Jill Hake, nursing center and skilled nursing administrator. “And we have on-site therapy — physical, occupational, speech — and wound care.”
Golden Oaks staff have worked hard to change any hint of institutional atmosphere at the facility to residents to live in a facility that feels like a home.
“We’ve adopted culture change and a resident-centered approach,” said Hake.
Hake said Golden Oaks staff work to accommodate residents and allow them freedom to abide by their schedules while complying with individual doctor’s orders.
“This is your home, this is your life. You get to be in charge,” said Hake.
Golden Oaks offers numerous activities for residents and has a scenic walking trail, a lake with ducks and a swimming pool.
“My goal here is to take away that fear of nursing homes. It’s going to be OK. It’s going to be a home,” said Hake.
About two thirds of Golden Oaks nursing home residents come from adjacent Golden Oaks village. The other third have transitioned from the independent and assisted living options.
“We have a lot of couples here,” said Hake. “Some of them, one spouse may live in the independent part and come over (to the nursing center) to visit every day. And some couples, they both live here.
“It is our goal,” she said, “to make their end years some of their best years.”