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“It’s Not Your Typical Nursing Home. It’s More.”

Meet Fair Haven resident Rick Nash. Rick was introduced to the Birmingham retirement community by his brother, who already had many ties to the residents and staff of Fair Haven through his church. Though the community welcomes people of all faiths, Fair Haven has deep roots in the Methodist tradition, which was an important aspect for Rick and his brother when searching for a retirement community.

Mr. Nash’s renovated apartment home

Rick has lived at Fair Haven throughout the recent renovations and the change to the Household Model, and already, he’s seeing a benefit.

“I think [the renovation] is very nice. It goes way beyond nursing home living. We have very nice rooms, a very nice building,” he said. “The care has always been good, but now it’s a bit more personal. You have good CNAs, and they’re great here in the house.”

Rick noted that since the new rehabilitation and long-term care households opened, there has been an improved focus on rehabilitation, and that it is making a noticeable difference in his own physical health. He notes, “The rehab team is great. They’re very caring. They’ve learned all about me and my shortcomings, and they try to overcome them. My right arm is limp, but they’re trying to give me exercises to build up my right arm. They’re very knowledgeable.”

Mr. Nash working with one of his therapists

Rick said that he has acclimated to his new and more rigorous therapy schedule since moving to the new household. He meets with a physical therapist each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“Slowly but surely [I’m noticing a difference],” said Rick. “I’m walking and still working on my balance.”

When he’s not working on his physical fitness, Rick is often found attending social events or relaxing in his home. He attends his household’s Resident Council meetings, where residents and staff have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and make suggestions. Currently, the Resident Council is talking with Fair Haven’s administration about a new grocery delivery service, where residents can place personal orders for some of their favorite foods to keep on hand.

“I like having my own food,” says Rick. “I have my favorite cereals and cinnamon bread.”

In addition, Rick has found that the change to the Household Model has increased his opportunities for spending time with others.

“I’m using the common areas a little bit more. I have more socialization now, especially at meal times.” Rick added, “Fair Haven is a premiere residence for people. It’s not your typical residence. Not your typical nursing home. It’s more.”

For more information on how you or a loved one can become a resident at Fair Haven, call our team at 205-956-4150.

First Look: Fair Haven’s New One Bedroom Independent Living Apartment Home

As part of the $42.4 million renovation, Fair Haven is hard at work building new independent living apartment homes to join the recently opened, brand new rehab, long-term care and assisted living center. The new independent living area will include 15 new apartment homes. In this blog, we’re introducing you to the one bedroom option.  Continue reading “First Look: Fair Haven’s New One Bedroom Independent Living Apartment Home”

Fair Haven Opens Birmingham’s Newest Rehabilitation Center

At Fair Haven, we’ve been working hard constructing new buildings, and completely renovating existing ones, as we implement the Household Model of care. Earlier this month, the first guests moved into the brand new rehabilitation center, and now we’d like to give you a pictorial tour of the grand, new space!

The shared kitchen area overlooks the open-concept dining and living rooms. With stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, modern light fixtures, and a gorgeous tile backsplash, this is definitely a kitchen to write home about. Most importantly, though, is all of the delicious food that is being served from it! In the Household Model, meals are often served home-style, with guests joining together at the dining room table.

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First Look & Resident Reactions: Fair Haven’s New Assisted Living Reveal

Fair Haven, a retirement community located in Birmingham, Alabama, recently revealed their brand new assisted living residences. In addition to updating the look and feel of the community, the new building represents a switch to the Household Model of care, which emphasizes person-centered care, providing residents with private apartments as well as shared living spaces, such as the kitchen and dining room. Residents moved into the new space recently, and had a lot to say about the changes!

“I love it – it’s beautiful, clean and nice! I just love it,” exclaimed Betty Howard, a Fair Haven resident for nearly three years. Continue reading “First Look & Resident Reactions: Fair Haven’s New Assisted Living Reveal”

New Rehab Center Opening Approaches

A view of the rehab living room in Fair Haven's sister community, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle
A view of the rehab living room in Fair Haven’s sister community, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle

After more than 55 years of providing quality care and enriching the lives of older adults in the Birmingham area, Fair Haven is nearly ready to unveil their newly built short-term rehabilitation center.

The rehabilitation center will feature a new model of care, the Household Model. Fair Haven and its sister community in Dothan are the first retirement communities to bring this revolutionary new model of care to Alabama. Instead of a clinical or hospital setting, a home-like setting is created for guests as they are healing in the new rehab center.

Guests will have their own private suite with private bathroom, and will share household spaces and amenities such as a modern kitchen, a comfortable den, a lavish living room, a bright sunroom, and family-style dining. A new therapy gym is located inside the rehab center for guests’ convenience.

A view of a private guest room at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, Fair Haven's sister community.
A view of a private guest room at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, Fair Haven’s sister community.

The most notable aspect of the Household Model is the emphasis on each guest’s freedom to make choices regarding their own schedules, care and activities. With all the comforts of a real home, the camaraderie of other guests, and the support of knowledgeable staff 24 hours a day, Fair Haven’s rehabilitation center will help foster productive healing.

The new rehab center is part of a larger renovation project for the established community. Other updates to the campus include a new skilled nursing Household building, a new assisted living building, new independent living apartment homes, and a new specialty care assisted living rooms. While the new short-term stay rehabilitation center is set to open next month, other updates to the campus will reach completion by August of 2017.

Echoing through the newly renovated campus is Fair Haven’s proud commitment to providing faith-based, person-centered care in a welcoming and compassionate environment.

If you would like to learn more about Fair Haven’s new short-term rehabilitation center, please give us a call at 205-956-4150.

Celebrating the Holidays at Fair Haven

It’s that time of year again! The air is turning brisk, carolersthere are boundless twinkling lights, and amidst all the baubles, presents and cheer people are taking time for reflection. Residents and staff at Fair Haven are excited to embrace the holiday season with an array of decorations and festivities to help usher in this blessed time.

One of the largest and most anticipated events of the year at Fair Haven is the annual Christmas party! This year, the Christmas party will take place on Thursday, December 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the main living room, and you are invited! This event is open to residents, families, staff members, and prospective residents and their families. Enjoy delicious snacks and beverages, take in the holiday atmosphere, and get your picture taken with Santa!

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Fair Haven to Modernize with New Branding, Care Model and Campus Updates

November 29, 2016

Fair Haven Releases Complete Rebranding of Its Community, Looks to the Future

img_20161107_140725Birmingham, AL – Fair Haven will release a complete rebranding of the community this month in conjunction with extensive campus construction and renovation and the release of a new name and logo last month to help move the community into a new era of senior care.

Fair Haven is celebrating 55 years of enriching the lives of older adults in Birmingham though rejuvenation for the modern era and by becoming the first continuing care retirement community in the state of Alabama to transition to the Action Pact household model of care. This revolutionary model of care, the focal point of their new brand, will be introduced to the community in January 2017. Residents who participate in this new model will live in an environment that looks and feels like home, with a private room and bathroom, sharing common spaces and activities with a close knit group of others. The freedom to make choices regarding their own schedules, care, and activities has been shown to help older adults live longer, more meaningful lives.

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Why I’m Thankful To Live at Fair Haven

Thanksgiving is not just a holiday about the story of the first Thanksgiving, or all the decadent foods in which we get to indulge. At the core of Thanksgiving is a spirit of reflection and thanks.
Often, the minutiae of the day-by-day routine we fall into throughout the year can make us forgetful of the things we are truly thankful for: family, friends, and a warm and welcoming community to call home. This Thanksgiving, one Fair Haven resident shares his story and explains why he is thankful to live at Fair Haven.

10603248_1512493425727144_1980715953335022794_nReverend Wayne Vickery, a retired Methodist minister, has lived at Fair Haven for over two years with his wife, for whom he is a caregiver. They have always lived together in the Birmingham area, and knowing about all the wonderful services that Fair Haven provides, knew it would be the right place to call home.


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Fair Haven Reveals Plan for a Fresh Face

Fairhaven Wesley Logos_round5Fair Haven is excited to announce its plans for a fresh face: a new name and logo.

“Fair Haven has played a vital role in the Birmingham community for decades,” says Tom Kent, Executive Director. “This change is the next step in our continued progression through the years.”

The name change will drop the term ‘retirement community,’ leaving it simply as Fair Haven.

“Most people know us as a retirement community, but we’d really like to be known for much more than that,” says Christopher Tomlin, President and CEO of Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida. “We also want to be known for the role our organization plays in the greater community.”

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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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