Storm Lake's Methodist Manor Retirement Community has launched a Private Room Initiative as a way to offer private rooms to all current and future nursing home residents.
Private rooms will provide more dignity and personal control in a personalized, homelike setting, and will also profoundly improve the experience and perception our community has regarding nursing homes, Manor officials said.
All but eight of the 93 residential care rooms in the nursing care wings are now double-occupancy rooms. These outdated parts of Methodist Manor will be remodeled from their hospital-like design into private nursing care rooms, each with a private bath.
Each resident would have control of their own space to create a more homelike atmosphere surrounded by their own belongings and decorated according to their unique tastes.
Over the coming months, Methodist Manor will be reaching out to the community as a partner in this project. The community will be asked for capital contributions for one of the few times in the Manor's history because it is the only way this project can be done without making the costs too high for future residents, officials said.
"Methodist Manor is driven to provide complete care options at a cost that is reasonable and available to all of our community," according to a statement issued by the Manor. "The intensity of care at this level is expensive. It is too expensive to add the capital expense of a building into the charges and still offer this care to all."
The needs of aging vary greatly from individual to individual, and the service premise of Methodist Manor is to meet the needs of people according to each's individual timetable of aging.
It is estimated that one out of three elderly will need long-term care at some point in their life. People are living longer, increasing the need for such services.
Those who have "earned their stripes" may not desire to live with roommates, according to the Methodist Manor statement.
"Privacy is paramount. Whether it is seen as a right or an expectation, personal dignity is intrinsically tied to privacy for our loved ones or ourselves."