By Roberto Muñiz
Parker at Somerset, our post-acute rehabilitation and nursing home, is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation that has been years in the making. I'm excited to announce that we recently broke ground on what will be a remarkable, new state-of-the-art post-acute care center and long-term care home. It will include a small home model that is similar to our Evergreen Way home – 16 residents, all in private rooms, sharing common areas and enjoying meals together. Additionally, I am thrilled to share that we are bringing a new service to Somerset – an Adult Day Center – which will be modeled after our current successful programs in Highland Park and Monroe.
The new Parker at Somerset will be a model for Parker and others in the aging services field. A more spacious environment, combined with opportunities for varied support services and hospitality, will create a better work environment for our employees to provide the best care possible to those we serve.
The existing building will be fully renovated to promote the small home model and provide more space for residents to live and staff to perform their tasks. There will be new common areas including a cafe, lounges, multi-purpose rooms for residents and visitors to enjoy, an education suite, and administrative spaces. Similar to our Parker at Monroe home, each 16-room neighborhood will have its own dining and activities area. For more direct access to nature, we are adding outdoor patios. On top of all this, there will be a new rehabilitation center with state-of-the-art equipment for those who we serve in post-acute. We are especially excited for the hydrotherapy pool, which is the first of its kind at Parker. Hydrotherapy treatment will help with various conditions, such as arthritis, rheumatic complaints and other ailments.
I'm very proud of this residence. Even before becoming part of the Parker family in 2016, this community has consistently been rated 5 stars. Why? The staff is exceptional, the care that we provide is second to none, and now, especially with Parker at Somerset becoming an Eden Alternative™ home,
we are really setting the standard for what person-directed care should look and feel like.
I always talk about embracing change. This will be a welcomed change and a new era at Parker at Somerset.
By Roberto Muñiz