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River’s Bend receives honor

Published 9:37am Thursday, June 13, 2013

SOUTH POINT — Representatives from the River’s Bend Health Care’s Person-Centered Committee attended a workshop in Portsmouth on May 15, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging District Seven Regional Ombudsman Program.

The facility was recognized at the event for recent improvements in the transition to a more home-like environment for residents.

River’s Bend Health Care is one of 10 Ohio facilities selected to participate in the 2013 Person Centered Care Project. The facilities meet monthly with members of the Ombudsman Program to change the operational culture in skilled nursing/long-term care facilities from task-oriented to a more resident/patient focused approach. Some of the improvements at River’s Bend include: room remodeling, a new resident choice menu program, fresh pastries and doughnuts served daily, residents choosing their rising and retiring times and shower schedules, adding new activities, and wifi access for residents and guests.

The May 15 workshop was titled, “The Journey to Person-Centered Care.” The session included presentations on dementia care, leadership issues and person-centered nursing care, as well as group activities and discussions. Guest speakers included Christine Raber, Ph.D., associate professor, master in occupational therapy Program, Shawnee State University and Maggie Selby, R.N., MSN, senior instructor of nursing, Shawnee State University. Continuing professional education credits were awarded to those who attended.

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