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“A bold and compassionate approach…” Those were the words that Governor Steven Beshear used in describing the new and innovative plan for care that the Wesley Village in Wilmore has implemented with their new Small Home, the Holloway Cottage.
On September 28, 2011, Governor Beshear, Bishop Lindsey Davis, and several other dignitaries and invited guests gathered for the dedication of Wesley Village’s Small Home – the first one in the state of Kentucky. Over 300 people attended the celebration and were able to tour the Holloway Cottage.
A Small Home is designed especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease. All the comforts of “home,” including a living room, hearth, dining area and kitchen in the central area surrounded by the 10 private bedrooms and baths, make up the Small Home. There is also an inviting therapeutic garden just outside the door. With only 10 residents living in the Small Home, there is an excellent 5:1 resident-to-direct care staff ratio. The personal preferences of residents, not institutional schedules, drive the day. When to wake up, when to go to bed, when to eat, what to eat, when to be outside, and when to stay inside are all freedoms and choices restored to residents in this setting.
Regarding this innovative way of caring for people with Alzheimer’s, Governor Beshear stated, “…studies have shown this provided better outcome not just for the residents, but for the staff also.” The Governor also said, “Wesley Village’s unique approach in set-up with this Small Home for Memory Care puts a focus not on sterile efficiency but on dignity and respect and freedom.”
When Bishop Davis spoke, he mentioned that the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church was privileged to partner with the Governor and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, “…to create new possibilities, for new ways to care for seniors who need it most.”
Celebrate the Difference! This was the theme sounded throughout the day as state and local dignitaries gathered to officially cut-the-ribbon on Kentucky’s first Small Home for Memory Care at Wesley Village Senior Living Community in Wilmore, KY. As part of the dedication service, Governor Beshear declared, “To the benefit of seniors throughout our great Commonwealth, may this Small Home serve as a model of highest quality of care for others to follow.” Bishop G. Lindsey Davis proclaimed, “To the glory of God, where His love, hope and grace will abound in many new and amazing ways.”