Ask someone if they want to live in a nursing home and you'll probably hear a resounding "no". But ask someone if they'd be happy in a place that offers them the care they need , that's more like their home and not a hospital , you'd probably get a different answer. WLOX NEWS, toured a nursing home in Bay St. Louis today that's out to change the way people think and live.
89-year-old , Irenee Staszak relaxes in a place that looks like the home she's lived in for years. But she's not, its a room at Dunbar Village Nursing Home, furnished and decorated with items she brought from home. "I feel at home cause I have things of my own if they furnished it I wouldn't feel as close to it." Said Resident Irenee Staszak . Making residents feel at home is the goal. Dunbar Village has adopted a philosophy called the Eden Alternative for its assisted living residents. Activities Coordinator Sarah Sulyma told WLOX , "It takes away the feeling of like a hospital feeling or say a nursing home feeling or something like that." Assistant Administrator, Bob Huet Echoed her words. " It Removes the environment in nursing home facilities from one of an institution to one that's more home like. To reduce the trauma of moving a person from one environment to one that's totally different. "
Nursing home leaders know many of their residents had pets they loved when they lived at home.. That's why birds, dogs and cats are allowed here. Huet said , "You see a difference in the residents demeanor and in their personality." He added, encouraging residents to bring their day-to-day routines to the nursing home, makes their adjustment to new surroundings easier. "We've gotten away from set times for meals. Instead we give residents a window that way those who like to sleep a little later . Those who like an early breakfast can still have their early breakfast." Residents like Irenee Staszak says the Eden Alternative works for her. "I do as I please what more would I ask for at my age."