At Harrison Senior Living, arts and entertainment events as well as specially designed activities are an integral part of our residents’ care. Our dedicated and energetic professionals know that a structured day provides residents with a sense of accomplishment and value. Our programs are designed to promote physical and emotional wellness and to encourage social interaction.
There is something for everyone. Residents of our Kent unit work with the Activities Department to design a flexible schedule that provides free time for their personal activities and spontaneous trips or events. These independent residents help to design this schedule. Residents who are cognitively challenged respond more positively with a familiar and structured program of activities. Our highly trained and experienced staff carefully organizes a schedule that retains and enhances cognitive, physical and social abilities. Residents are grouped according to their cognition level and the activities shown here are then adapted for the abilities of each group.
Families of our residents and citizens of the Georgetown area are welcome to attend regular meetings of the Alzheimer’s Support Group of Harrison Senior Living. Held at our Georgetown facility on the second Monday of each month, the meetings are from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Residents at all five Harrison Senior Living facilities will now benefit from better communication among the staff and improved safeguards on medical information with the implementation of EMR. Beginning January 1, 2013 Harrison House of Georgetown, Harrison House of Snow Hill, and Harrison House of Christiana began using the Point Click Care electronic medical records system. Harrison House of Coatesville and John B. Parsons in Salisbury, Maryland completed the company wide transition on February 1, 2013.
US Senator Tom Carper of Delaware was in Georgetown, Delaware Friday, February 8th to congratulate Harrison House of Georgetown on their transition to electronic medical records. “Electronic medical records can help improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs, which is a win-win for both patients and providers,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “As more organizations that take care of our aging population, like Harrison House of Georgetown, move to electronic medical records, the better coordinated care we can provide.”
The EMR program is a web-based program that allows access from any computer using an assigned login and password. This facilitates better communication. For example, when a Harrison Senior Living Director of Nursing is off duty and contacted by a staff member regarding a patient, The Director of Nursing can view the chart online and provide an informed decision on care.
In addition a nurse can now open a resident’s chart from the medication cart while she is giving out medications to write a note about a significant finding. A shift-to-shift report is generated from the nursing notes allowing for follow up on any issues. The certified nursing assistants document all of their activities of daily living and the percentages of meals consumed on a wall computer or a kiosk. This can be monitored during the day if there has been a change in the resident’s status.
Making the decision to go to an electronic medical record allows the staff of Harrison Senior Living to monitor the resident’s well-being with a thorough complete approach that is accessible by everyone. It allows all caregivers, both licensed and non-licensed, to be well informed and gives these caregivers the ability to access information wherever and whenever they need it.
The investment to transition to EMR was approximately $100,000. Anticipated cost savings will come from not needing to purchase multiple paper forms (which will have a positive impact on the environment), decreasing the need for storing voluminous paper charts, decreasing the duplicative process of entering information more than once and saving labor costs of having to fax, mail and send out paper requested documentation.