Beverwyck addition attracts attention

The Eddy Village Green brings continuum of care full circle

After years in the making, a unique expansion to the Beverwyck retirement community has opened its doors to not only a waiting list but wide interest.

The Eddy Village Green at Beverwyck, consisting of two, 12-bed greenhouse style cottages, has quickly filled up half its space and will occupy the rest in the near future, said Beverwyck Executive Director Doug Miller. In fact, there were 54 applications for the 24 beds upon the facility's opening.

"We have had an overwhelming interest in this model, not only from our residents but from other providers," he said.

A documentary team recently visited Beverwyck to tour the Eddy Village Green, hoping to use it as a model for the changing landscape of elder care. In fact, the two cottages are some of the only ones of their kind in the nation, and are on the forefront of what many consider to be the future of the skilled nursing care industry.

The greenhouse style of care is driven by some simple principles, all aimed a making the experience more homelike. It's in stark contrast to the institutional environment normally associated with nursing homes, where things are run like a hospital.

At the Eddy Village Green, the hallways are devoid of food carts, because the meals are prepared in an open kitchen and taken in the dining room. Extra linens are stored in patients' rooms. Nurses don't even need to push about carts to deliver medication, because each room has the resident's pills in a locked medicine cabinet just inside the door. The rooms themselves are bigger that normal (about 90 square feet) and have a fold-out recliner so family can sleep over if necessary.

"This is " not to try " this is to succeed in providing privacy and dignity," said Miller.

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