Long-Term Care Facility Finalist: Presbyterian Village

Long-Term Care Facility Finalist: Presbyterian Village
Presbyterian Village in Little Rock

Quality resident care is at the core of Presbyterian Village’s values. That commitment is evident in low staff turnover and the long tenure among staff, both licensed and unlicensed. Some of Presbyterian Village’s team members have been with the long-term care facility for five, 10- and 20-plus years, which speaks to the strong bonds formed between caregivers and residents.

Another aspect of quality care that sets Presbyterian Village apart is the facility’s partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Geriatric Fellowship program. With this partnership, UAMS provides a physician assistant on-site three days a week as well as the guidance of a dedicated medical director on-site weekly to direct and monitor the medical care of each resident.

As a faith-based, nonprofit facility, Presbyterian Village employs a full-time staff chaplain and similar support services. The chaplain visits residents in-house and in the hospital and provides on-site Sunday church services and weekly Bible studies for residents and staff.

Presbyterian Village continues to improve resources and equipment as technology and research advances in the field of elder care. The facility recently introduced new hot steam tables for dining services on both floors of the facility that enhance the quality of life and create a more home-like environment

Presbyterian Village has also purchased new software technology, IN2L, which is designed specifically for senior adults and allows them to enjoy games, videos and therapy modules individually or in groups. The IN2L technology utilizes apps on devices similar to tablets or iPads, but on a bigger, more accessible screen and system.

Further improvements include the replacement of the nurse-call alert system by a state-of-the-art system which boasts a quieter, friendlier experience by alerting staff via pager. The system also provides a new feature of reporting on staff response to these alerts.

“We anticipate several positive changes from these ... improvements,” said Melissa Jenkins, director of development at Presybterian Village. “With the IN2L technology, we expect improvement of resident cognition through the stimulation of the interactive software. Quality of life improvements will continue with the steam-table meal service through a decrease in potential for weight loss and dietary complaints and improved socialization at meal time. The nurse-alert system immediately accomplished a quieter environment, as well as improved staff response to resident calls for assistance.”

Presbyterian Village offers perks for residents including two beauty/barber salons, activities tailored to the interests and abilities of each resident and a varied selection of Southern-style meals.