The Cottages offer a model for long-term care that is designed to provide a home environment. Licensed as skilled nursing, they meet all applicable federal and state regulatory requirements. 12 elders live in each cottage and enjoy a private bedroom and full bathroom and share the comfort of a common area which includes the warmth of a living room, open kitchen and dining as well as an outdoor patio area. Conversation and companionship occur around meals which take place together at the dining room table.
Each home is staffed by a team of universal workers, known as Elder Sharath. The staffLangemo has core training as Certified Nursing Assistants (C.N.A.’s) plus additional training in cottage philosophy, the self-managed work team, culinary skills, and household management. Elder Sharaths provide personal care, meal preparation, laundry and light housekeeping among other duties.
A clinical support team includes nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, pastoral care staff, activities and nutrition service professionals. These professionals work under the direction of the physician and in collaboration with the Elder, the Sharath, and the family. Nurses serve each cottage on a 24-hour basis. The other clinical professionals on the team visit the cottages as individual elders require.
The cottage team collaborates to create a daily routine that meet an elder’s individual needs. There is no predetermined routine, facilitating their independence and the ability to pursue individual interests.