Restorative Care

Admitted to Crandall Medical Center after several falls in her senior center apartment, Helen seemed to prefer sitting in her rocking chair watching TV all day. Understanding that at age 88, Helen needed to walk several times a day to maintain strength, balance and circulation, her nursing assistant invited Helen to walk from her room to the dining room for lunch. Knowing her reluctance to walk alone due to fear of falling, Helen's nursing assistant linked arm-in-arm with her and chatted about friends waiting in the dining room as they strolled down the hall.

Restorative Care at Crandall Medical Center is a planned, systematic program that focuses on helping each individual preserve their highest level of functioning and independence. By focusing on an individual's potential rather than diagnosis or limitations, Restorative Care helps to maximize level of functioning and minimize decline.

Restorative Care Nursing Assistants are trained to assist clients in doing things for themselves rather than "doing for" the individual thereby preserving the person's sense of dignity and accomplishment. Residents participate in Restorative Care by being encouraged to make decisions. Residents are motivated to participate as much as possible in their daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting.

Restorative Care Nursing Assistants are also aware of the need for socialization for mental stimulation and encourage residents to participate in a variety of daily activities and special events planned at Crandall Medical Center. "Walk to Dine" is just one example of the many individualized Restorative Care Programs at Crandall.

Making decisions, participating in activities of daily living, and social opportunities seeks to preserve and improve the individual's self-image and self-esteem. Restorative Care is on-going for individuals in residence at Crandall Medical Center and often initiated following rehabilitation to reinforce training from physical, occupational or speech therapy.