LakeWood Care Center in Baudette, MN is taking “becoming well-known” to new heights. They figured out a fun, innovative way to decorate their home, entertain Elders and visitors and become well known to each other. (Principle Three and Five) So after many team and Resident Council meetings they came up with a way that makes excellent use of technology. They have installed TV’s throughout the home that display slideshows with pictures of care partner employees, Elders, family members, activities, the daily menu and current events.
This was a joint effort put on by the Resident Council, the Activity Department and one super fabulous volunteer Carl Breske. The project began by connecting with the IT department to see what equipment would be needed to complete the project. They got a complete list made up of one central computer, several TV’s with wall mounts and electrical wiring.
Once the list was complete they got to work on raising the funds. The Activity Department along with Resident Council raised $800 with bake sales, rummage sales and silent auctions. (Principle Eight) They were able to purchase the TV’s, mounts, and a modulator (for the computer to work correctly with the TV’s). Thankfully they were able to get the wiring donated by the local cable company, and LakeWood Care Center took care of the electrical wiring and hook-up.
The Activity Department creates slideshows using MS PowerPoint. Photos are easily uploaded on the day of the event so everyone can enjoy them almost immediately. (Principle Five) They take great pride in making sure that the photos are updated often throughout the week to keep it fresh. Slideshows are updated every day with new menu choices and the daily activity schedule. They find it is a fantastic way to get the word out each day about birthday’s and special anniversaries. (Principle Six)
An extra special gift came from family member and volunteer, Carl Breske, who is now LakeWood’s official photographer for larger events. He promotes the Eden Alternative Philosophy further with a TV and computer slideshow of his own. He has created an “Eden Area” near the entrance of the home with their Eden Tree plaque, a TV and display cabinet that contains Elder crafts they are being sold by the Resident Council. With some direction from Family Council, and with Carl’s assistance, they are now looking at creating advertisements for the items that Resident Council has for sale in the display cabinet to increase sales and awareness. (Principle Six and Nine)
This is a home that really understands the Eden Alternative Ten Principles and knows how to take an idea and put it into action using a little elbow grease, innovation and technology. If you would like to know more contact Carrie Claybundy 218-634-3461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.