our growing senior population, we choose to
grow and change with the times. We don't view
ourselves as a "facility". This
term reminds us of a sterile, rigid environment.
Instead we are a "community". Community
means we live socially and develop relationships.
Waterbrooke is a place where we live, work
and interact together. We communicate with
each other and strive to help each resident
feel comfortable and at home.
While establishing and building relationships,
we realize that each person develops likes
and dislikes with certain activities and hobbies.
Each individual has different talents. In
order to keep our residents mentally, physically,
emotionally and spiritually healthy, we offer
a wide array of activities. For those extroverts,
we provide plenty of group activities. For
those who are more introverted, we offer one-on-one
activities or smaller group activities in
a quieter setting.
Socialization, activity and stimulation have
been proven to decrease and prevent depression.
Some of our activities include,
but are not limited to:
Bean Auction - our most popular activity
Meetings – Meetings where residents
can share what they like and dislike about
health conditions may create situations in
which independent living is simply no longer
safe. Although many families attempt to care
for loved ones at home, there are circumstances
and health conditions that may create an unsafe
situation or the care becomes more than a
family care giver can manage on a day to day,
hour to hour basis. We meet with families
to determine what levels of assistance and
special needs are required and which issues
are of greatest concern. We discuss and plan
of care, assess medications and diagnoses,
and determine what realistic goals we should
have. Our nursing staff assesses each resident
upon admission to assist in determining how
our services can be most valuable to each
individual and family. As the need for more
care arises, we re-assess. Our goal is to
assist each resident in remaining as "independent"
as possible, while providing a safe and secure
environment 24 hours a day.
believe it is important for our residents
to be as active and independent as possible.
In addition, we encourage our surrounding
community to participate in our events and
activities. Many church groups, businesses,
and organizations such as the Elizabeth City
Chamber of Commerce and the SPCA join our
staff and families regularly in keeping our
home active and lively. We enjoy monthly visits
from our animal friends at the SPCA. The Chamber
of Commerce members have worked with us to
develop an Adopt-A-Senior program which ensures
that every resident gets to experience the
joy of the Christmas Holiday Season by receiving
gifts during our Annual Christmas Party.
Our residents enjoy outings to local shopping
centers, movies, restaurants, the museum and
other community events.
We realize how much our community truly cares
for our residents and in turn, we have assisted
in providing food for our local homeless mission
and a local women and children's shelter.
Our dietary staff worked diligently to prepare
meals and deliver them, often volunteering
their time. Our housekeeping department has
assisted with cleaning supplies and toiletries
for the shelters as well.
We no longer fit into the stereotypical mold
of a "nursing home" or "facility",
WE ARE A COMMUNITY!
ability to care for a multitude of various
health conditions makes us unique. We offer
a wide scope of care, not just to those geriatrics
who need little to no help but also to those
requiring extensive assistance. We continue
to grow and change as our resident’s
needs change. We continue to train our staff
in specialty areas and work with local agencies
such as home health and hospice to provide
the best possible care. In addition to providing
supervision, support and assistance to those
who are capable of carrying out most activities
of daily living (ADLs), we accommodate those
residents requiring secured hoyer lifts, geri-chairs,
special wound care, and also have a dedicated
hospice room. We provide care to all stages
(early, middle and late) and levels of Alzheimer's
residents as well as those residents suffering
from other types of dementia.
Our administrative staff does not enter the
assisted living industry with business or
administrative backgrounds but have been set
apart because of extensive experience in healthcare
prior to becoming a part of this wonderful
assisted living community. For this reason,
expectations of quality care as well as proactive
measures for care are of utmost importance