Bigfork Valley Communities
In 1999, Bigfork Valley made a commitment to bring a new philosophy the Eden Alternative - of long term care to our facility. It was a bold decision at the time; to move from a medical model to a social model of care. Our long term care facility became a destination for many interested in following our example, and today many other facilities have moved toward a social model.
In a medical model, staff jobs are clearly defined and residents are kept to a schedule. In a social model, life decisions are brought closer to the elder. The elder decides his or her own schedule whenever possible. The facility becomes more of a home with pets, plants and gardens to care for. A universal worker concept allows the blending of staff responsibilities, so that staff is cross trained and can be more responsive to the needs of the elder.
The facility grows into a community.
At Bigfork Valley three Communities address a wide range of needs from skilled geriatric care to short term rehabilitative care. In general, Spruce Lodge is a location for long term elderly care, Cedar Grove is our community for short term skilled nursing and rehab care, and Balsam Lane is a secure memory loss facility. Each Community has access to an outdoor garden and sitting area. Since 1999 we have incorporated more ideas of progressive care and are always looking for new ways to make our facility better for our elders.
We listen to wishes. An elder wants to grow strawberries and make jam? He can do it. Elders want to see a high school basketball game, go to town for shopping, try out a bowling ball, visit a casino? It can be arranged.
Bacon and eggs at 2 a.m.? We will do it.
Aspen Circle Grand Opening
Tuesday, December 30, 10 a.m.
Celebrate the opening of Aspen Circle at an indoor ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, enjoy a continental breakfast in the Aspen Circle dining room and tour the new building.
With private rooms for 20 elders, the design of Aspen Circle represents some of the latest ideas in how to improve quality of life for memory care patients. In a safe and secure environment, elders can step out their doors and spend time in a garden or lounge area, joining activities or walking a continuous track. The indoor architecture creates an outdoor experience with wood accents and arches framed by lamp posts and skylights.
Each room has a memory box identifying the door, individual thermostat, semiprivate bath and large windows. For loved ones, there is a family gathering room and physician consultation room. In addition, elders can enjoy a large dining area with window walls, access to an outside sitting and garden area, and beauty shop/spa bathing room.
After elders move into the space, there will be limited opportunity for public tours. Please plan on attending the ribbon cutting or call (218) 743-4249 to see this progressive new building on the Bigfork Valley health care campus.