Nursing Home Will Be Getting New Look
Each year, National Nursing Home Week begins on Mother’s Day and continues through the following Saturday. This year, the observance ran from May 14-20. EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley celebrated the special occasion with a Spirit of America theme. A Mother’s Day tea was held on Sunday, followed by a host of other special events throughout the week. Spirit Day was celebrated on Monday with a Noon hour fish fry. Siesta Fiesta followed on Tuesday with a taco menu theme. Wednesday was Super Hero Day and Thursday was Pajama Day. The highlight event of the week took place Thursday evening with the crowning of Ms. EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home at the annual beauty pageant. The week of fun events concluded with a Friday afternoon Hawaiian-style luau.
We asked EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home Administrator Jason Banks what he likes about the nursing home and its future plans. n What’s unique about EAMCLanier Nursing Home? What sets it apart from other facilities?
“I’ve been here for about a yearand-a-half now and what has really stood out over that period is the area’s small-town feel. Everyone seems to know each other. There’s lots of kindness and generosity toward each other. There’s a cooperative spirit that helps each person do their job well.”
Does the staff help deliver first-rate care?
“Definitely. We are staffed very well compared to the industry as a whole. We have between 85 and 90 people in bedside care. This includes registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The care we provide is patient-centered.”
Does nursing home care have a significant economic impact in Alabama?
“It does, no question about it. Most studies estimate it in the $4 billion a year range. Alabama nursing homes account for over 57,000 jobs and generate around $1.7 billion in household income. Over 2,600 registered nurses are employed by Alabama nursing homes. Nearly one-third of the state’s LPNs work in nursing homes.”
How many nursing homes are there in the state and what’s the average age of a resident?
“Right now there are 229 nursing homes in Alabama, and more than 95 percent of them are members of the Alabama Nursing Home Association. The average age of the state’s nursing home resident is 78. The average resident requires assistance with eight activities of daily living. The vast majority of nursing home residents in the state report that they are happy where they are and would recommend their nursing homes to others. We’re confident that’s the way it is at the EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home. We’ve had many residents tell us they’d recommend it to anyone.
“We are a 103-bed nursing home. While most of our residents are in long-term care, some people are here on a short-term basis. They may have had a stroke or are recovering from a fall and are in need of short-term care before they return home.”
Are there any plans in the works for upgrades for the nursing home?
“We’re committed to renovating the Nursing Home to provide the best environment for our residents. We have funds designated for this in our capital budget."
Design teams will begin meeting in October to define the scope of the project, which will include major renovations of the resident rooms and common areas. Due to the fact that we will be renovating the Nursing Home while residents are still living in the Nursing Home, this will be an extensive project.
“If there’s any way we can help you with care for your family, please call us at 334-756-1423. We are accepting new residents!”