John TreveyOwner & Founder
It was time to create a “Life Model not a Medical Model.”
I became interested in senior care while in business school. This pursuit continued to become a real world possibility of creating a senior care facility the more it was researched. I traveled to free standing Alzheimer’s facilities throughout the U.S. in the mid 90’s. What I discovered was no one wanted to work with someone who had Alzheimer’s disease. Right then, I recognized the need to care for these individuals. We found it needed to be a small and manageable environment. More of a home environment.
Create a “yes” environment.
When someone is being taken care of by a family member or another facility, they are constantly being told “No”. “No, don’t go there. No, don’t do that. No, don’t touch that. It isn’t safe.” At our facility, you can go outside in the backyard. It’s secure. We’ve created a “yes” environment. In our facilities there is peer socialization. People interact with each other and that is healthy.
To manage such a property, I needed to understand how to motivate someone who is going to care for a resident. I needed to know what they do. So I became a certified nurse’s aide to know how to work in this industry. We don’t work from the top down. It’s all on one level, because to create success we need to work together. This makes us different. Our caregivers are inspired because they know they are involved in a very different model.
It is hard work but it’s rewarding work.
We get in front of the residents, we engage them. This is a constant learning process. You learn so much by being around each resident. What they like doing. Where they like to go. What makes staff feel successful. What makes the staff feel they are doing something with their life and say “I want to feel as though I am part of something special. I want to be respected and an opportunity to grow.”
Kim Trevey Owner & Founder
From the start I wanted to be a caregiver.
In the earliest part of my career I worked with Austin Alzheimer’s Association where I developed support groups and education for families. I’ve always enjoyed being around older adults since I was a kid.
My grandmother influenced my love and enthusiasm to care for others.
I went to school for counseling. Once I started working with people that had memory loss, I realized this was my path. To see a person with Alzheimer’s disease brighten when you sit and reminisce or listen to them tell you about their life stories, this is what it is all about.
Appreciate each moment.
It’s what working with people that have Alzheimer’s disease has taught me. For example, we do a lot of art with our residents. It’s not about the finished product but the process. Someone may just be drawing circles. But to be there with them, right there in that moment, and sharing the experience with them, you realize the moment in itself, is all that really matters. This is what our Uncommon Model is built on.
Regional ManagerKim Greenwood
Working with seniors is more rewarding than I ever thought it could be.
I didn’t know this was going to the be the case when I signed on to be the nurse on the evening shift over a decade ago, but when I am visiting our communities today and get the opportunity to interact with our residents it continues to be reinforced – over and over again. I learned early on from our residents that living in the moment is crucial as well as the importance in finding joy in our lives, especially in the more challenging moments.
One of my passions from day one has been teaching and educating.
The course the disease process takes in each of our residents is their own personal journey and I feel that I need to make sure that our staff understands why that is. When we know the “why” we are armed with knowledge and have a natural confidence in what to do next. It is quite rewarding to observe a staff member validating an anxious resident that is “sundowning”; effectively offering their support is what it is all about.
Head Administrator of Bader House Lydia Keys
To serve others, is what I enjoy doing.
While in high school I was a member of a sorority club called Chi Omega. One of our services to the community was visiting nursing homes. Initially it seemed sad, but then I realized how much joy I felt in making an elderly person smile. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the elderly are often forgotten or treated as second class citizens. I’ve been blessed with great parents. They taught me many things, like finding the good in people, being compassionate and forgiving. But most importantly, treating others the way I wanted to be treated. From a very young age, I knew that a career in human services is what I wanted.
I went to nursing school.
Today caregiving is my passion. I live to serve. I’m grateful to be able to make a difference in the lives of those I care for. Whether it be rewarding a staff member, by recognizing a job well done, or listening to a family member, whose mother or father is living with dementia. It makes me feel good to help others. I love what I do, and how many people can say that and “mean it”?
Forget the idea of a typical assisted living.Instead imagine a residence that looks and feels like a real home. Large backyard. “Open” kitchen. Private bedrooms. A house pet. This is Bader House.
For nearly 20 yearswe’ve been working to refine our Programming Model. Our residents have been our teachers. Our philosophy of care is quite simple. Focus on strengths, rather than weaknesses. Be kind, always. Never stop trying to communicate.
Everyday is an opportunity to look for ideas to make one’s life better. Celebration. Community. Communication. We never forget that individuals with Alzheimer’s are individuals first.
Our residents have unique backgrounds, personalities and interests. That’s why we tailor the care of each of our residents to his or her specific needs. This highly personalized program is made possible by our small size and unusually high staffing ratio.
Attitude is everything.All of our staff at Bader House receives special training in working with people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And all are hired as much for their belief in the basic dignity of every person as for their professional skills.
The aroma of home cooked mealsstimulates the appetite. At Bader House, we create an inviting atmosphere during meals. Our staff join the residents to dine. We socialize and enjoy that second cup of coffee together.
Higher One to One Care. Serving Individual Needs.
loves to reminisce and is always ready to visit with her new friends.
enjoys home cooked meals. She’s sleeping better and gaining weight again.
likes sweeping the porch. He feels useful.
enjoys going outside and can do it safely.
takes one medication instead of four.
is now exercising with others.
MargieMargie taught hundreds of elementary school children. She married and raised 2 girls and a boy. Faced challenges and reaped the rewards of helping others. At Bader House we're making the next picture of her life just as memorable. Come tour Bader House.
Albert Albert fought for the U.S. Navy during World War II. He braved some amazing trials of life. Worked hard for his family and experienced many personal victories. It's our honor to be a part of Albert's life and we're here to provide our care on his newest journey. Take a private tour of Bader House.
Use our experience.
We understand the stresses of caring for your loved one. Bader House believes it helps to have the support of people who understand these struggles. We always offer a listening ear, a kind word, and advice based on experience.
Thoughtful, Consistent Care
The progress of memory loss varies in everyone, so that a level of care which is right for one person, might infringe upon the independence of another. Thats why we tailor the care of each of our residents to his or her individual needs.
Secure Place to Live
We believe access to the out-of-doors is essential to the well-being of our residents. Bader House has an open and airy design. This concept offers the ability to see and know where our residents are at any given time.
Design of Bader House
Bader House is a large, single-story home with twenty four private resident rooms. Every detail has been designed with the person living with Alzheimer’s disease in mind, from rooms sized to prevent isolation to specifically chosen colors.
Our Caregiving Team
We view families as an essential part of our caregiving team. Bader House is here to support and educate our families. Families are involved in each step of care planning and are encouraged to take part in the life of their loved one.
Licensed nurses and practioners that specialize in senior care oversee all aspects of our residents’ health.Home health providers offer both occupational and physical therapies onsite. Prompt care in a comfortable setting is our goal.
“Surprisingly different. Perfect for Mom.We were looking for a smaller place, that offered a higher level of personal attention for my Mom. My husband and I fell in love with Bader House right away. We were very comfortable with it. We brought my mother over here so that she could pick out her room and she settled right in. “Could I spend the night here?” she asked when she first saw it.”Pam daughter of resident
“Special place for just Memory Care.”We were looking for a Memory Care facility by itself for Dad.My Dad’s doing real good here now because of the food. That was a real,difficult challenge for us because he could no longer cook for himself.Just buying food for him was hard. They have regular meals 5 times a day. Very smart. Also he’s enjoying participating with others now.He didn’t do that before. It’s a comfort to me. To rest easier, and not worry about him 24 hours a day.”Patricia daughter of resident