Clay Center Dispatch, Kan., Ryan D. Wilson column
June 09--Wouldn't it be wonderful if that the last place you lived at on Earth was so homelike, you wouldn't know you were living in a nursing home, or at least be barely aware of it?
Clay Center Presbyterian Manor and Medicalodges Clay Center are both working toward that goal. The Manor has initiated better practices aimed at taking better care of residents in a more homelike environment, that among other things will remove the nurse's station and lower the use of psychotropic drugs. Medicalodges Clay Center too is planning a renovation that will improve life for residents.
The Manor just wrapped up a month of fun activities that residents loved for Older Americans Month that included casino games and a barbecue, among other activities.
Medicalodges Clay Center, too, is known for engaging their residents in events and programs. Last month they celebrated National Nursing Home Week that started with a Women's Tea for Mother's Day, and concluded with a barbecue on May 19.
Both facilities have quite a few awards under their belt. The Presbyterian Manor has been named by US News and World Report as a "Best Nursing Home" multiple years for fours years in a row, most recently in December of 2016.
In February this year, Medicalodges Clay Center received the Pinnacle Quality Insight's 2017 Customer Experience Award, which they earned by displaying "a continued dedication to providing 'Best in Class' senior healthcare services."
Ten years ago, the Clay Center Medicalodge was recognized as the Best Business in Kansas by BPW and the Kansas Department of Commerce for how they advance employees. To this day, the facility continues that tradition of taking care of its employees -- next week they'll celebrate CNA week.
The Manor also does a lot for it's employees and has helped its CNAs better their education and worked with high school students and others in the community receive CNA certification.
All that is just scratching the surface -- we could easily fill the paper with all the good things we've seen happen at the Presbyterian Manor and the Medicalodges Clay Center.
In a recent talk, Manor administrator Christian Gilbert said the community's involvement and interaction with residents makes Clay Center stand out from other nursing homes he's worked at. That fact pleasantly surprised him, but it doesn't surprise us.
It's no secret that Clay Center is a wonderful community for seniors -- one that not only caters to older citizens but is also loved by the seniors who live here.
And Clay Center is also fortunate to have not just one excellent nursing home, but two of them.
--Ryan D. Wilson