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Current Living Center Information
Since its construction in 1989, the Living Center has touched thousands of community members by providing high quality housing and care for seniors. Each year, the Living Center provides more than 17,000 days of resident care. It has been rated Five Stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the highest rating available.
Despite its achievements, the Living Center is currently unable to fully meet the needs of community families because of the limitations of its aging facility. It was built based on a medical model, made for the way that doctors and nurses round rather than the way residents live. A household model, outlined below is the best practice in long-term care and skilled nursing and will be the model that we bring online in a new Living Center.
What are the community benefits of this project?
A new Living Center will be built on a household model. This provides housing for 60 seniors (with 24 additional units to be shelled for future use) in 3-5 “pods” each housing 12-20 residents. Construction based on a household model provides numerous benefits to residents. Each “pod” offers a home for 12-20 people, with private rooms/baths, an open kitchen, great room, and access to the outdoors with spectacular Elk Refuge views. Dining areas nurture a familial experience and welcome friends and family. Resident-centered, relationship-based care is already at the core of the Living Center’s mission, and now the facility will better support the care model.
How many residents will benefit from this project?
Records from the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 indicated that St. John’s had approximately 80,000 patient encounters. These included visits to all areas of the Medical Center. Records for the same time period indicate that The Living Center provided 17,450 resident days over the course of last year. These numbers do not reflect the extended families that are positively impacted both directly and indirectly by the care that family members receive while in The Living Center. Housing seniors in our community is of the utmost importance so we will build 60 private rooms and shell an additional 24 that can be brought online as needed.
Reinvestment might be among the larges community benefits of this project. St. John’s Medical Center is a community hospital dedicated to reinvesting any proceeds back into the community. This manifests in the underwriting of less profitable service lines, like long-term care, a 24/7/365 emergency department, and community wellness. It also enables SJMC to keep costs low and to make fewer price increases than the national average. By building anew facility without overly burdensome debt structure, it ensure that SJMC can continue to reinvest in our community.
St. John’s Living Center Supporters
"We've had residents contribute who have been non-verbal. It may be just one word, but it's a breakthrough."
"When my daughter sings for my mother, it is like my mother wakes up. Her face lights up and she is suddenly totally present, even if she doesn't-or can't-say anything."
TimeSlips Storytelling Groups
TimeSlips is a collaborative storytelling effort by a group of people with memory loss, with the goal of helping improve the quality of life of persons by using creative expression.
At the Living Center, we offer a wide range of intergenerational activities from hobbies like knitting to one-to-one mentoring to group activities like signing.
As our community ages, we realize the potential in linking our community’s youth and seniors through intergenerational programs. Important benefits for Living Center residents include better mood, more social engagement, and greater connection to the community.
Music has been proven to reduce anxiety and pain and improve overall quality of life, especially in elderly or terminally ill populations. Hilary Camino, a board certified music therapist, comes weekly to work with Living Center residents.
Another great example of the way “Life Happens!” at the Living Center are weekly art classes held in conjunction with the Art Association of Jackson Hole.
Almost daily, there are visits from Pet Partners. Pet Partners’ mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond.
The addition of a new Activity Bus, thanks to the support the Auxiliary, means that our residents can visit the National Parks and take trips to activities around town. Residents hop on the bus to participate in the 4th of July Parade every year.