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Skilled Nursing Reimagined

When you need the highest level of skilled nursing care in St. John or Crown Point, IN, you often receive that care in a clinical environment where your physical needs are met, but you never quite feel at home. The Park Place “Small House” approach to skilled nursing has turned that impression around by providing a home that de-institutionalizes care.

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Small House Skilled Nursing

A Small House is designed like a home, with flexible and personalized care – care that doesn’t simply meet state regulations, but that allows for an improved quality of life that promotes independence. With only 10 private room per house, as well as short hallways that lead to exquisitely designed spaces, this doesn't look like a nursing home. What you'll find are care partners that get to know the unique needs and interests of each person, and our residents enjoy life on their own schedule, just as they would at home, but with the healthcare oversight needed.

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Smaller Architecture

A Small House structure is designed like a home, not an institution. In our two skilled nursing buildings, 10 private rooms surround gracious living areas and a common kitchen. The smaller space means the walking distance from bedroom to living room is short enough for most people to navigate without assistance, giving them greater independence.

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Flexible Programming

Such increased independence leads to greater flexibility with programming. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Your schedule is formed around the natural rhythms of your daily life. Do you go to bed early or stay up late? Are you a morning person or need a nap during the day? Is a snack before bed a normal part of your routine? The Small House culture recognizes and allows room for different patterns. Your freedom is as important as your security.

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Collaborative Decision-Making

“Nothing about me without me” is the Small House motto, reinforcing the idea that no decision can be made about a resident’s care without input from the resident herself. Day-to-day, Small House residents are encouraged to participate in the life of the house to whatever extent they are able — helping with housekeeping, working in the garden, making decisions about outings, and more. Meals are prepared in an open kitchen and served at a large table where staff, residents, and families eat and socialize together. Such involvement reinforces a sense of purpose and value while exercising cognitive and motor skills. 

“There was so much compassion.”

Lorraine’s health needs had increased from assisted living to skilled nursing care, but the pandemic prevented Carol from touring communities to see their care firsthand. So she brought her mother to Park Place, the only place she could trust, part of an organization associated with senior living with over a century. Lorraine enjoyed the personalized care you can only get in a Small House setting. “There was so much compassion,” Carol says.

When Quality Counts, Count on Park Place Skilled Nursing.

Revolutionary Design.

Our unique Skilled Nursing “Small House” at Park Place Health & Wellness Center was thoughtfully designed like a home, centered around the resident. Unlike an institutional nursing home, a typical day’s schedule at the Small House is based on resident preferences, not staff efficiency. The care still meets all state regulations, but it’s highly personalized.

Personalized Attention.

We know nothing is more important than the trust between our residents and their caregivers, so Park Place is committed to safe staffing ratios. With only 10 private rooms in each of our two Skilled Nursing buildings, residents receive the personalized care and attention they deserve. Our facility consistently ranks among the best-staffed in the nation for both nurse aides and RNs, according to CMS reports.

Holding Ourselves to the Highest Standards.

The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Park Place has earned the Joint Commission’s prestigious Gold Seal of Approval in Comprehensive Care for Nursing Care Centers. Achieving accreditation is not mandatory for skilled nursing centers, but we appreciate the commitment to quality that The Joint Commission’s standards represent, so we gladly apply.

Caring for Body and Soul.

What truly sets Park Place apart is our faith-based, non-profit mission. Our call is to serve each individual “in the name of Jesus Christ,” and we do that by investing in our staff and our residents, not shareholders. With a chaplain on campus, residents find peace and comfort in our caring environment, regardless of their personal beliefs.

Proven Outcomes.

Our hard work, high standards, and commitment to our residents pays off. Our skilled nursing program consistently earn Above Average rankings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We credit this success to the strong relationships between our employees, medical directors, and on-staff physicians.

Advanced Clinical Care.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why Park Place has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management. Our clinical team has undergone specialized training to prevent and treat all types of chronic and complex wound and skin issues, reducing the need to send our residents out to wound care centers or hospitals.

Valuing Our Employees.

We know it takes a special kind of person to provide loving care for seniors, and we value the hard work of our team members through a supportive environment, flexible scheduling, a generous benefits package, and opportunities to advance their careers. And in return, our employees are loyal to Park Place – with a lower staff turnover rate than other organizations in our industry.

Committed to Stopping COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve taken our responsibility to our staff and our residents seriously. We’ve made sure to provide our team with all the necessary tools and equipment to keep themselves, their residents, and their loved ones safe from the virus. Together we’re continuing the fight, with COVID-19 vaccination rates for both residents and staff above the national averages. 

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