Rochester Presbyterian Home - The Homestead

256 Thurston Road, Rochester, NY, 14619

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August 29, 2011

By dimondmom

I am a friend or relative of resident

The care that I have seen provided for my grandmother at Rochester Presbyterian Home has been borderline elder abuse. They do have a very nice facility and the resources to provide wonderful care for someone going through alzheimers. Unfortunately many of the services they boast about providing are not actually given to the patients. This may not be true for the residents in the early stages who can still take care of themselves. The residents in the middle to late stages are left seating on their own getting zero interaction from any of the nurses or aides. As sad as it is to see this happening to the other residents, it's horrible to watch someone you care about being neglected to the point that they aren't even being taken to the bathroom when they ask for help. I hope this facility starts providing proper training or hiring aides that have the training to actually care for their residents.
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About Rochester Presbyterian Home - The Homestead

The Rochester Presbyterian Home has been serving Elders since 1925. Our founders believed it was our mission to provide “a safe and happy haven for persons in their sunset years.” Today, we continue that tradition at three Eden Alternative residences and have earned a reputation for excellence.

Our philosophy of care

We believe in the dignity and value of each individual and promote acceptance and respect for all people. Our residents are the Elders in our families. By virtue of their age and wisdom, we look to them to define lifestyles that are rewarding and homes that are truly home.

We are committed to the philosophy of the Eden Alternative. We have reaffirmed our commitment to improving quality of care and quality of life for the people who live and work in our homes by mastering the second Milestone of “The Path to Mastery™: The Art of Creating a Caring Community.” This powerful tool developed by The Eden Alternative®, guides organizations through the process of transforming their culture to assure person-directed care practices. This pathway persistently reminds us that we must dismiss all remnants of the medical-institutional model of Elder care and assure that decisions and care plans honor the voices and preferences of each individual. We believe that the Eden Alternative path is the key to the highest quality of life for the Elders living in our residences.

As Eden Alternative residences, we are committed to building “human habitats” that are full of life. Residents plant and tend our gardens and pursue useful roles within each home. We have adopted several pets and Elders may share a room with their animal companions. We welcome children and embrace each Elder’s family as our own.

Our residence is organized into Eden families. The purpose of each family is to build relationships between Elders and their “partners in care.” We believe that caring relationships make life meaningful and assure that Elders and staff feel like they belong-like family.

Ultimately, our purpose is to reach each individual and assist him or her in leading a meaningful life with as much independence and freedom as possible. While we certainly accommodate the care needs of our Elders, we believe it is equally important to care for their human spirit.

The Assisted Living Residence at the Homestead

From the elegant dining room with its Oriental rug to the stately Victorian furnishings found throughout the residence, North Hall reflects the charm and character of historic Rochester.

Each Elder enjoys a private room with, in most cases, a private bath. We encourage residents to bring their own furnishings for their rooms, so they’ll immediately feel at home.

Elders and their relatives often gather in the country kitchens and sun porches or catch a show in our living room. You can also find them on our computers, surfing the web, Skyping, or sending emails to family and friends. They visit our beauty shop and browse in our Country Store for cards, gifts, toiletries, and sweets. And, of course, Don & Norma’s is the place for free ice cream cones, sundaes, and floats.

Memory Care Residences at the Homestead

  • In our South Hall, we offer four levels of Memory Care to accommodate the changing needs that accompany progressive dementia.
  • Our second floor residence-It Takes Two Family~ Early Stage Memory Care
  • Our third floor residence-Home Away From Home Family~ Mid-stage Memory Care
  • Our fourth floor residence-Penthouse Sweets Family~ Advanced-stage Memory Care & Enhanced Care

Amenities at Rochester Presbyterian Home-The Homestead

On the 1st floor we have a main dining room, private dining area, assembly room, chapel, and living room. Just a short walk down the hall brings one to Don & Norma’s, our old-fashioned ice cream parlor. There is easy access to the great outdoors, with our deck, secured enclosed patio, outside walking path, and vegetable and flower gardens. On the lower level are our fitness center, arts and crafts room, and beauty salon.

A bus, a van, and lots of volunteers make community outings a regular part of residential life – destinations include social and cultural events, restaurants, picnics at the beach, shopping, and rides in the country.

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