Located in central Connecticut, Elim Park’s Health Care Center is a community of dedicated, specialized staff providing 24-hour skilled care, supervision, and services in a homelike environment. Our team of nurses, physicians, social workers, therapists, and other staff members work hard to ensure that those who need a higher sustained level of care are comfortable and valued. This interdisciplinary team works hard to stay at the cutting edge of advancements in their field and implement these advancements for the benefit of those who call Elim Park’s long-term care setting home.
Family members, caregivers, and responsible parties are encouraged to be involved and included in decisions. We offer available indoor visits as well as comfortable spaces for outdoor visitation any day of the week. We include families / responsible parties in developing care plans and invite them to care conferences as well as being contacted to disseminate important information and updates. Personalized care and attention to the individual needs of our seniors are at the heart of what we do.
Elim Park’s Health Care Center is a not-for-profit community and is both Medicare and Medicaid certified. Private funds and Long-Term Care policies are also accepted. Most major insurances are accepted in the case that a resident needs rehabilitation services after an illness, injury, surgery or hospital stay. Hospice care is also available on-site if needed. Both private rooms and semi-private rooms are available based on the needs and criteria of each individual person.
Our life enrichment team in our Health Care Center has a mission of empowering individuals to help them live with dignity and independent choices to fulfill their lives. A resident’s personal preferences are assessed, and the team strives to create a wide array of activities to meet social, physical, spiritual, educational, and emotional needs.
Residents are encouraged to stay active mentally and physically with weekly and daily activities such as musical performances and sing-alongs, cooking and baking, iPad programs, Bingo, and even helping to care for our resident ducks and chickens.
Elim Park offers a pet therapy program where residents have the daily opportunity to observe our own ducks and chickens in a lovely designed farm area. We also offer a large garden featuring vegetables, herbs, and flowers, in addition to wheelchair-accessible garden beds. We offer a Farm-to-Table cooking program, which involves residents cooking in our Country Kitchen. Our eggs are also available for purchase for staff and visitors.
Elim Park’s 40-acre campus features the Nelson Hall Performing Arts Theatre, libraries, and restaurants. Amenities on campus are available to all of our residents, at all levels of care.
Elim Park Health Care Center’s Life Enrichment Department offers programs and activities seven days a week, including holidays and evening groups. Special events during the holiday season and different theme days are always a hit! We encourage engagement and include activities for residents with dementia and special medical conditions. Our goal is to keep residents engaged and entertained while offering physical and mental benefits.
It is always recommended that you visit a facility to determine if they are a fit for you or your family’s needs. In addition, every skilled nursing facility undergoes a state survey, and ratings based on these visits are public. Please visit medicare.gov to compare nursinghomes. As of January 2022, Elim Park is rated as a 5-star facility.
U.S. News and World Report also give ratings to facilities across the country. For 2021-2022 Elim Park was rated as one of the best nursing homes out of a peer group of 15,000. Elim Park received special recognition as a high-performing short-term rehabilitation.
The National Institute on Aging (nia.nih.gov) has the definition, “Long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. These services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own. The most common type of long-term care is personal care help with everyday activities, also called ‘activities of daily living.’ People often need long-term care when they have a serious, ongoing health condition or disability.”
The main difference between these two levels of care is the amount of help an individual needs and which setting is most appropriate. Both levels usually offer meals, housekeeping, and activities.
An assisted living service puts assistance in an apartment/home setting through either internal staff or community-based home health care agency for a determined number of hours up to 24 hours for an additional cost. Only private funds, long-term care policies, or special government programs are usually accepted. Home care aides and nursing staff may help with activities of daily living and some medical needs.
A nursing home is a clinical setting which always has a team of nursing staff available 24 hours/day included in the room and board which can be private funds, long term care policies, or financial assistance through Medicaid. All aspects of care including supervision are provided for with very few exceptions. To qualify for this level of care you must need help with multiple activities of daily living or have a low baseline of functional mobility. Later stages of dementia and major medical conditions may also qualify individuals for this level of care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services provide guidelines to nursing facilities and public ratings are granted based on quality measures, staffing, and health inspections.
Depending on the financial qualifications of the individual, Elim Park accepts private pay funds (savings, income, pensions, etc), government programs such as Medicaid (Title XIX), and Long-Term Care insurance policies.
Elim Park’s Health Care Center employees a diverse team of professionals to care for our residents and patients. Led by our licensed Administrator, Director of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing, we employ a team of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, social workers, dieticians, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, certified nursing assistants, therapeutic recreation staff, and ancillary staff.
While we do not currently have a secured unit, Elim Park excels in caring for individual with different forms of dementia. From our nurses to our Life Enrichment department, we have an individualized plan of care in place to maximize quality of life through compassionate care.
Our Long-Term Care facility does currently have a waiting list. Residents residing on campus in our independent living community and our residential care floor have priority admission to our skilled nursing facility.
We do not have a waiting list for our rehabilitation center as admission is based on clinical criteria and bed availability. If you currently have a loved one in a hospital or other facility who needs short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing services please request a referral be placed to Elim Park from the current facility’s discharge planner.