Park Place Elder Living is a small Elder Care Community that is dedicated to honoring the beauty of each Elder’s life. We do not mourn senescence and the difficulties that inevitably accompany; rather, we acknowledge the unique and wonderful Journey each Elder is leading and the gifts they give to us.
Who We Are
Park Place Elder Living is called home by Elders who find themselves in the advanced stages of life, and individuals that find they need an increased amount of assistance in their daily lives. With the motto “Park Place Elder Living- Where we put living first!” PPEL offers a homelike, family-oriented atmosphere where Elders can build and lead a life worth living. PPEL is a Registered Eden Alternative Home, prescribing to their philosophy and mission “To improve the well-being of Elders and their care partners by transforming the communities in which they live and work.”
What is an Elder?
In the wise words of a former Park Place Elder:
An Elder is one who has gained wisdom, not only from the passing of years, but also from life experiences, providing a sense of stability and continuity to our daily lives and is a valued and important part of today's world.
What PPEL can provide
Potentially home to 49 individuals in need of intermediate/skilled care, our proximity and partnership with HCHC provides great comfort to Elders and family. We are connected to HCHC in more ways than one. A physical connection to the hospital means that when an Elder has an appointment or needs emergency care, travel time and exposure to the elements are eliminated. “It certainly takes less time out of your day,” states the husband of a Park Place Elder, “It takes the car out of the equation and it is an easier transfer.” Another way we are tied to the HCHC community is through staff. This connection to the health center through doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, housekeeping and maintenance, means a continuity of care and amenities that is entirely to our Elders’ benefit. In the case of many of our Elders, proximity and the promise of immediate care brings great comfort. “If I ever need it, it is close and I know I will be well taken care of,” a PPEL Elder has told us. To read more of the article about our connection with HCHC in the PPEL newsletter, click here.
At PPEL care is an equal partnership between Elders, family and staff. We are all Care Partners! We work together to provide meaningful, quality care and assistance that focuses on promoting a deep sense of well-being for our Elders. We value the building of trust and relationships in the Care Partnership. PPEL is comprised of three neighborhoods named by Elders: Friendship Lane, Happy Trails and Old Highway 34. Consistent assignments ensure that Elders and Care Partners form deep and lasting relationships. Our Employee Care Partners are constantly undergoing education on the cutting-edge of Elder Care, learning how to partner with Elders to mitigate the effects of loneliness, helplessness and boredom in their lives.
A Human Habitat
Our home is vibrant and alive with the pleasure of everyday living. We pride ourselves on not looking like a stereotypical, medical-model nursing home. In fact, we go out of our way to create a space, through décor, that reflects the joy of the seasons and honors the lives of our Elders. Alongside seasonal motifs we include Elder-made items, antiques, knick-knacks and fun bits of curio that spark memories and the imagination. Family members have commented: “We enjoyed the décor and the home-like atmosphere. When you are in Park Place it really doesn’t look or feel like a nursing home!”
At PPEL we honor the voices and choices of our Elders. Over the years this has meant that Elder and Employee Care Partners have worked together to create opportunities for more selections and the simple pleasures of life to be offered. We have a snack bar that is stocked with items such as chips and pretzels, granola bars, cookies, pudding, Jell-O, and fruit. When fresh goodies are baked they are offered as well. Thanks to a generous donation from a former Elder, we have an ice cream machine that is on 24-hours a day. 24-hour dining options are also available. Our courtyard is accessible all day as well, and provides a secure and lush space for our Elders to enjoy the pleasures of nature and the great outdoors.
We have an on-staff Compassionate Touch Therapist specializing in Geriatric Massage. Working to promote relaxation and healing, they also work in energetic modalities, utilizing the therapeutic effects of Reiki and Healing Touch. Aromatherapy is also offered. To read more about these companion therapies in our brochure, click here.
We recognize the importance of close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children. We are home to an array of animal companions including birds, a rabbit, guinea pigs, cats, and a dog. Continuing contact with the larger community is vital. We are honored to have many volunteers from the community give their time. We have an exciting relationship with Iowa Wesleyan College from which we enjoy a steady flow of student volunteers. If you are interested in sharing your talents and time at Park Place Elder Living, visit the HCHC Volunteer Opportunities page, or call (319) 385-6196 to visit with Coordinator of Elder Events, Carol Ruggles.
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