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Ruthven Community Care Center Receives $47,000 Grant

April 9, 2013
Emmetsburg News

The Ruthven Community Care Center has been awarded a Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative grant in the amount of $47,036.04, as announced by the Iowa Department of Human Services in Des Moines.

The goal of the departments Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative (CMPQII) grant program is to enhance the quality of care and the quality of life for nursing facility residents through initiatives that focus on enhancement and educational initiatives.

The staff at Ruthven Community Care Center (RCCC) is very excited about the opportunities this grant provices. It will greatly improve technology for residents at RCCC.

RCCC Administrator Casi Strube said, "This project aims to enhance the quality of life for our residents by making technology available to strengthen communication channels between residents, family members, and facility staff. And, it will result in enhanced life satisfaction and improved interpersonal relationships. It will also improve performance of staff through increased educational opportunities."

With the grant funds, RCCC will purchase a color printer, projection screen projector, four cell phones and cell phone plans, 19 laptop and tablet computers, four iPods, installation of a wireless internet system, touch-smart computers, and eight e-Readers. All of the technology purchases are for the residents of the care facility to use.

Residents and staff will be trained in how to use the various equipment. All family members will be contacted about the opportunities that will be available for their loved ones. Family members are also encouraged to attend training sessions that will be scheduled once all the equipment is received and set up. The RCCC Therapy department, which includes physical, occupational and speech therapies, will assist with individual adaptions and interventions.

The opportunities are endless. Residents will be able to use cell phones as they go to appointments or gatherings away from the facility. Residents will have the opportunity to set up their own email accounts and have laptop computers for their personal use. Residents will be able to 'skype' or video-chat with family members and friends who live anywhere in the country or the world.

A great care facility in Ruthven just got a whole lot "greater" by being able to offer this technology that will make residents lives much more fulfilling.

Residents will have access to the internet at will, tracking family members and friends through social networking. Endless access to games on-line, researching ancestry, watching moment by moment happenings such as the Eagle-Cam, and print off photos and cards that are sent to them by email. The new cell phones, which are only for residents' use, will allow them to stay in contact with family members as they stroll to other areas of the campus or leave the facility for a few hours. This is technology that will significantly improve the quality of life for the residents.

RCCC desires to enhance and strengthen the communication and interaction between residents, their families and friends, and the staff and providers who administer care and services.

Strube said, "This grant for improved technology will lead to increased feelings of fulfillment, contentment and self-worth. In addition, 'technology' will provide the opportunity for additional specialized provider options."

The Ruthven Community Care Center encourages everyone in the community to come in and visit with staff and residents whenever they want.

Strube said, "We have a great facility here, and we want to be a big part of the community. We want to be involved with the community and we love to have the community involved with our residents, so come out and visit us anytime."

RCCC is owned by the community of Ruthven, with fiscal management oversight by a community member board friends and neighbors. The yearly budget is done by a management company in conjunction with the community board with input from Administrator Casi Strube. This is one of the few care facilities in this country with local ownership and operatorship by local people, friends and neighbors from the community. Everyone is encouraged to come and see the exciting things going on at RCCC.

RCCC is also a non-profit provider of top quality, long-term care services and has 64 employees which is Ruthven's largest employer. The Villa Senior Housing offers senior citizens an opportunity to downsize from large homes to a one bedroom apartment. This facility has a large gathering room as well as a laundry. While most residents do not need additional care, limited care is an available option. The next step is the Ruthven Assisted Living. Then the final step is long-term care at the 48 bed skilled-care Ruthven Care Center. All are on one campus and all joined together so residents can mingle amongst everyone.

Plan a day out a day at RCCC -- and brighten the smiles on the faces of the residents, staff, and yourself!

submitted by Jay Schoning



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