In October 2017, Life Care Center of Casper, Wyoming, converted its secure Alzheimer’s unit into a traditional long-term care unit, and six months later, the change has been successful.
“After evaluation, facility leaders determined that our community would benefit from additional unsecured beds,” said Alyssa Renneisen, executive director. “Furthermore, a number of the residents who resided on the secured unit no longer needed the secured environment. Redesigning this unit for traditional long-term care has allowed us to meet the needs of our customers, improving the quality of life for the residents on that unit.”
Twenty-two of the 23 secured unit residents were able to remain and acclimate back into the general care environments.
The unit contains 11 semiprivate rooms and one private room, and today, the unit is fully occupied.
“Although change can be difficult, residents and their families have both responded extraordinarily well,” said Renneisen. “These residents and family members have been able to become more involved with facility life and have better access to all of our facility’s amenities.”
All associates undergo various Alzheimer’s and dementia trainings to ensure that the facility can care for any resident with dementia on any unit in the building.