At Assisi House, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia house and care for their fellow sisters in a facility that supports independent living, assisted living, nursing and memory care. Now retired from their rigorous vocations as teachers, nurses, administrators, etc., the sisters at Assisi House continue to carry out their Franciscan ideals through prayerful service to one another, their community, and their world. Advancing their commitment to person-centered care, leadership and staff have challenged their historical approach and effectively begun their journey towards true culture change. More
Spiezle Architectural Group first led a multi-disciplined team that included experts in gerontology, senior market study, and senior living operations. The team managed a structured effort with staff and residents alike, to create renewed excitement and commitment to a true person-centered environment. Ultimately, operational and physical changes were made that replace previous care strategies and supporting space. Nursing, CNA, and administrative changes were implemented. Physician and pharmaceutical services as well as dietary services have been changed to better support the person-centered approach. Central nurses’ stations have been replaced by social space, living rooms and country kitchens. Resident laundry rooms are now places for social interaction. At every turn, this renovation project serves to remove the hallmarks of medical model.