The new unit will be the first CCDI unit in Cherokee County. It will also be a great complement to the assisted living, long term care, skilled care, rehab, and respite care services that Country Side Estates already offers.
The idea for a CCDI unit at Country Side Estates appeared about two years ago, but the decision to actually make one didn't come until this past June. For the past six weeks, Country Side Estates has been remodeling the south wing of their building into a safe facility for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients. Country Side Estates used only local businesses for the remodeling project including Carey's Furniture, Bomgaars, Cherokee Lumber, and many others.
The unit will be decorated with a "country" theme and will have many things that might be familiar to the patients. Picture frames with photos of Cherokee and the surrounding areas will be hung on the walls. Curtains made of old blue jeans will be available and many other decorations, from route 66 signs to chicken statues, will fill the unit as well.
In preparation for the coming CCDI unit, Gary Parry (the administrator of Country Side Estates) and his Director of Nursing took a course in Sioux City through the Alzheimer's Association to become Alzheimer's facilitators.
Parry reports that he will have to hire about five more staff members for the new unit. He will be exceptionally careful in his choosing of the new staff. The staff will have to be able to handle special challenges and be creative, and able to keep ahead of the patients.
The license for the CCDI unit at Country Side Estates will become valid on September 1 , and patients will be admitted into the unit shortly after that date. The unit will have room for 18 patients.
The name for the new unit is "The Haven." The name was chosen because the word "haven" can be defined as a place of safety or refuge. Certainly, the new unit will be just that to all patients.
According to Parry, "The unit is going to be a challenge for us, but we will be ready for it."