In 1991, the Kentucky Legislature created a one time opportunity for nursing homes to obtain a special Alzheimer’s license. Although the application process allowed for skilled nursing homes to apply for such a license, we recognized the importance of creating an entirely new model of care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and became the only provider in Kentucky who elected to build under this special opportunity.
Wellington Parc of Owensboro opened in August of 1991 as one of only two freestanding, licensed Alzheimer’s centers available in Kentucky. To this day, Wellington Parc is the only long-term-care center licensed to provide both Skilled Nursing and Alzheimer’s care. That means that in addition to the normal requirements that all long-term-care centers must meet for regulatory compliance, Wellington Parc operates under additional standards for specific programming, services and staff training that are specific to Alzheimer’s care.
Wellington Parc was designed with attention to features known to support the memory impaired. Carpeting for softness, no overhead paging, colors to support calming, enclosed courtyards which allow residents to freely walk outside, and a state-of-the-art security system to prevent residents from wandering away from the grounds are just some of the unique features. In addition, a “memory box” was built into the wall outside of each resident’s room where personal items and photographs are placed to spark conversation, reminiscence, and help residents identify their rooms.
Our strong alliance with the University of Kentucky, Sanders Brown Center on Aging helps us remain on the cutting edge of care techniques for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Wellington Parc provides information and referral services, community education, support groups, memory screen examinations, long-term-care and respite care services. The programs are designed to provide for the special needs of the memory impaired by structuring resident’s days with meaningful programs. Our programs are award winning.
Wellington Parc’s goals and vision for care can only be achieved through the involvement, commitment and dedication of trained staff and caring family members. The family members of Wellington Parc are often in the building every day, sometimes two or three times per day. With their guidance and help, the residents of Wellington Parc benefit from our unique programs and services