For The Vista
When Jeff Rasmussen and his partners purchased Crossville Senior House four years ago, the new owners realized this 14- suite single story building filled a unique niche in north Cumberland County.
The building is residential in character and care giving unlike institutional facilities housing seniors.
With new owners, many changes have been made in staffing and service delivery at Fairfield Glade Assisted Living – 637 Woodgate Drive, just off Peavine Road behind Gwin Realty.
Rasmussen states: “we currently operate at a 1 to 7 staff to resident ratio which is less than half of the national average of 1 to 15 in the bigger institutional facilities. The lower ratio allows our staff more time with each resident increasing the caregiver’s awareness of the individual needs of each resident.”
Also, specific improvements have been made to the meals and nutrition, the programs and activities, and community involvement.
The home for seniors has focused on improving activities and events by partnering with local churches and volunteer groups to help integrate the residents with the broader community.
Clintina Simms MSW was retained as a consultant to develop educational and social activities, provide suitable exercises for residents and staff in-service training.
The monthly activities calendar invites the community to visit for musical performances, worship services, arts and crafts classes and even BINGO games.
On April 13 from 2 to 4 P.M., the staff will host a Community Open House. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, tour the home and participate in the Volunteer Service Award program.
Preceding the Open House, the director of the Veteran Aid Project will provide important financial assistance information for all veterans and spouses. That presentation begins at 1 P.M.
For more information, please call Jeff Rasmussen at 931-456-7793.