Fair Haven Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

nalw_logo_colorFair Haven will celebrate National Assisted Living Week once again this year from September 11 through 17. The week of recognition, established by the National Center for Assisted Living, is in honor of the role assisted living plays in America, and how it affects seniors, their family members, caregivers and the public as a whole.

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, “the annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.”

During Assisted Living Week, Fair Haven celebrates by hosting small activities for residents throughout the week. They wrap up the week with a celebratory meal in the dining room, complete with live entertainment.

“We do it to celebrate the residents,” says Earnestine Thompson, Assisted Living Administrator.

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Fair Haven Gains Experienced Marketing Director, Shanna Black

August 29, 2016

Shanna Black, Fair Haven Marketing Director

Birmingham, AL – Fair Haven has recently gained an experienced new marketing director, Shanna Black. Black’s addition to the organization means expanded expertise in the marketing and sales departments within the retirement community.

Black brings nearly 8 years experience in the senior living field, and nearly 15 total years of experience in marketing and sales. She decided to take the position at Fair Haven after discovering her love of the industry in a previous role.

“Working with senior adults is a ministry. It’s something you’re called to do. It takes a lot of kindness and thoughtfulness and empathy. For those who are called to it, we can’t imagine doing anything else,” says Black.

Black has previously served as Executive Director at Town Village Vestavia Hills, Director of Admissions at Texas School of Business, and as Area Manager for LA Weight Loss Centers.

“Residents don’t live where we work,” says Black, “we work where they live. It’s a privilege to come to their home every day and work.”


Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; wshamieh@loveandcompany.com; 240-575-2008

Fair Haven, a Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida retirement community, is located in Birmingham, Alabama and offers seniors a full spectrum of housing and care options. Our friendly staff is highly trained and works hard to set the bar for other retirement communities. Residents receive the quality care they need while living to the fullest of their independence and self-potential.

FAQ: Can I Decorate My New Home at Fair Haven?

At Fair Haven, you’ll have many options to choose from when it comes to decorating your new apartment home. You’ll be able to bring along your favorite decorations including your window furnishings, furniture, paintings, photos and more to adorn your walls and turn your new place into your new home.

“You’re free to make it your own,” says Shanna Black, Marketing Director at Fair Haven. “It’s your apartment; you can make it what you want it to be.”

Effortless Decorating

The best part about decorating your new apartment home is that the maintenance crew does all the work for you! Whether you want to hang your favorite chandelier in your dining area, or put up your new curtains in the living room, the maintenance crew will handle it. You won’t have to worry about drilling holes, hammering nails, or messing with electrical. With the help of Fair Haven’s friendly staff, residents are free to put their own touch on their apartment homes, so long as they don’t change any structural characteristics or preexisting features.

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Fair Haven Construction Progressing Ahead of Schedule

Fair Haven's New Stand-alone Rehabilitation Building
Fair Haven’s new stand-alone rehabilitation building

A few months ago, we gave you a look into the Household Model, one of many exciting changes coming to Fair Haven. Now, we’re excited to share an update on the progress that has been made! In addition to moving to the Household Model, Fair Haven has been hard at work constructing several new buildings that will house new assisted living residences, a dedicated short-term stay rehabilitation center, and a new skilled nursing building.

We’ve also been hard at work renovating and redesigning medical and dental offices, a fitness center, a bistro, an ice cream parlor, and many other amenities. The bistro and ice cream parlor are being added to our existing dining room, which will also gain a permanent decorative buffet for both cold and hot items. The renovations in our dining services areas will create a restaurant-style atmosphere.

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4 Signs Your Parent May Need Long-Term Care

An elderly woman with her adult daughter.Being a caregiver for an aging parent or loved one is a heavy responsibility, especially for those who are caring for children as well. Close to 10 million adult children older than 50 are currently caring for an aging parent, and 47 percent of those people are also raising children simultaneously. If the cost of being your parent’s caregiver has become higher than you can afford, consider the benefits of professional help, such as long-term care.

Long-term care is a level of healthcare that is provided to residents in a nursing home or continuing care retirement community (CCRC) setting, such as Fair Haven. CCRCs like Fair Haven also provide other services, including assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services.

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What To Expect When Your Parent Goes to a Rehabilitation Center

Your parent has recently been admitted to a rehabilitation center and you’re not sure what to expect. How long will he or she be here? Who can you call when you want more information? What kind of therapy will they need? When can I visit? What non-health care related services will be provided? These questions and many more are jumping into your mind, and you’re not sure who can answer them.

In this blog, we’ll review some of the things you can expect to happen when your parent or loved one is admitted into a rehabilitation center by learning about the rehabilitation processes at Fair Haven.

Day of Arrival

When you arrive at the rehabilitation center at Fair Haven, you can expect to be greeted by a staff member, usually a Certified Nursing Assistant, or a Clinical Nurse Coordinator. They will give you and your loved one a brief orientation and tour of the center, and you can expect to receive an admission packet.

Your loved one will have some time to settle into their short-term stay room. Within the first day, a nurse will talk with you and your parent to assess their current abilities and limitations, and establish expected goals to create a recovery plan.

Your parent will also meet with their Household Coordinator at Fair Haven to discover your parent’s individual interests and hobbies, as well as their social wants and needs.

Therapy and Healthcare Services

After the assessment, and depending on his or her injury or health condition, your parent may receive occupational therapy, cognitive therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, or any combination of therapies. The duration, frequency, and type of therapy sessions will vary depending on your parent’s individual needs.

Throughout treatment, your parent will have one-on-one evaluations with doctors and nurses in order to track improvement, adjust therapy sessions, and determine if the current plan for recovery is the most effective. At Fair Haven, the doctors in the rehabilitation center are UAB geriatric physicians and the contracted therapy company is AEGIS Therapies.

Hospitality Services

Many rehabilitation centers provide dining and housekeeping services, in addition to health care services. Rehabilitation residents at Fair Haven are encouraged to eat with their fellow guests in the household’s dining room, or at a table in the beautiful sunroom. If a guest has certain dietary requirements, whether for personal preference or medical reasons, dining services can cater to their nutritional needs. There are also regular housekeeping services, such as laundry, linen and cleaning services, as well as an on site beauty shop.

At Fair Haven, there are no restrictions on visiting hours. Family members are welcome to visit their loved ones at all times, and are often encouraged to attend therapy sessions for support. Families are asked not to interrupt normal sleeping patterns of residents, but are allowed to visit at all hours of the day.

Transitioning Home

Throughout rehabilitation, your loved one will work with a transitional nurse who oversees the guest’s transition from rehab to home. The transitional nurse works with the family to determine their rehab and recovery goals, and help them to meet those goals during the rehabilitation process. Most importantly, he or she communicates with the family on a regular basis on how the process is progressing. The transitional nurse is always available to answer any questions the family may have throughout the entire process.

Once a resident is discharged home, it is the transitional nurse’s job to follow up with the family regularly to ask how their loved one is doing at home. If there is a problem, the transitional nurse can help determine if your loved one may need additional assistance, and send a nurse to their home for follow up care, if needed.

For more information about rehabilitation services at Fair Haven or for a tour, call the Admissions Department at 205-956-4150.

A New Care Model is Coming to Fair Haven

Many senior care communities are modeled after hospitals, with a heavy health care focus and a structured, scheduled day. But what if you or your senior parent is looking for an Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing option that allows them to receive personalized healthcare, without giving up their current lifestyle? Continue reading “A New Care Model is Coming to Fair Haven”

How to Choose the Right Assisted Living Community for Your Parent

It’s likely that no one knows your parents better than you. You know their wants and needs. You know their medical and personal background. So when it comes to choosing the right Assisted Living community, you are the best person to help them make a decision. But with so many communities out there, how do you determine which one is the right fit for your senior parent?
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