Ligonier Gardens Personal Care & Retirement Center

Some life choices such as where to live and with whom one chooses to spend their time define life.  Moving from one’s home to a personal care facility is such a choice.  For most considering a personal care facility as a new home, accommodations, safety, atmosphere and maintaining the highest level of independence possible are of greatest importance.  Quality of care is also a serious consideration for those who need greater assistance with activities of daily living (ADL).  The staff at Ligonier Gardens is prepared to assist you and your loved ones in reviewing these and other important considerations when making a move as important as choosing a personal care home. 

At Ligonier Gardens, it is the goal of each staff person to respect individuality, and encourage resident independence and freedom of choice.  Our most important commitment is the treatment of each resident with kindness and compassion -- at all times striving to preserve the residents’ dignity while attending to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  The philosophy of the Ligonier Gardens is to provide personalized, resident centered care in order to meet individual preferences and requirements.   To help in maintaining the “Spirit for Living”, residents' family members and friends are encouraged to get involved in the personal care community. 

Ligonier Gardens –The Facility

Fondly referred to as “The Gardens” by many residents, Ligonier Gardens backs onto a serene setting along the Loyalhanna Creek and offers home to 71 residents.  With generously sized private and semi-private rooms, Ligonier Gardens has numerous gathering places throughout the building including a large living room, dining room, two games rooms, solarium and outside porch.  This allows space for group meetings and self-planned socialization as well as activities scheduled and lead by the Activities Department. 

The largest community gathering place is the restaurant-style dining area where residents are provided three meals a day with snacks and beverages available 24 hours a day.  For the noon and evening meals, residents may select from a specially prepared home cooked meal or several other daily choices.  Accommodations for special dietary requirements are made.  Portions of this room are used for various other activities including viewing programs on the large screen TV, musical presentations, and church services.  As a faith-based organization with a strong heritage associated with the American Hungarian Reformed Church, regular church services are offered weekly in both English and Hungarian.  Additionally, bible study and pastoral support are available for residents who choose to take advantage of the services. 

Many other amenities such as cable television, housekeeping, personal laundry, transportation, and salon/barber services are available to help make life simpler and more enjoyable for Garden residents.  Exercise and wellness programs as well as social and recreational activities are offered to add to the quality of life.  Residents enjoy activities, such as bingo, card games, entertainment and outings to local restaurants and shopping in our handicap accessible bus.  Over time, residents look forward to regularly scheduled entertainers or events.  Horseracing at the Gardens, weekly movies complete with popcorn, and holiday celebrations all make Ligonier Gardens “home”  and neighbors who live there “family” to the residents.

Care Services

Ligonier Gardens offers short-term respite stays and 4 levels of long term permanent stays. Registered and practical nurses and nurse aides are available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs.  Twenty-four hour care is provided including:

  • Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
  • Access to health and medical services, such as physical and occupational therapy and hospice
  • Emergency call systems for each resident’s apartment
  • Medication management
  • Care for residents with cognitive impairments
  • Home Care and Companion Care services
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pastoral Care

Plan of Care

When a resident enters Ligonier Gardens, a detailed evaluation using input from the resident and the resident’s family and physician is completed to correctly determine the care and services each resident needs and wants.   The following four levels of care are offered at Ligonier Gardens:

LEVEL ONE: Needs minimal help daily with dressing, (buttons, snaps) and assistance with bathing two times a week.  Able to ambulate without assistance from staff. Has special dietary or housekeeping needs and no incontinence problems.

LEVEL TWO:    Includes services offered in level one plus any or all of the following: Needs assistance dressing and undressing; bathroom set-up such as toothbrush, mouthwash; and/or, contact guard of one or wheelchair to activities and meals.  Ambulates without assistance in room.  May need reminders to go to meals and activities.  No incontinence problems.

LEVEL THREE: Includes services offered in level one and two plus any of all of the following: Needs total help with dressing or undressing.  Needs contact guard of one for ambulating in room and in the bathroom.  Occasional incontinence, needs assistance with incontinence device.  May need cueing and structure with daily routine due to mild confusion. Also includes diabetic management, Foley catheter care, monitoring of pressure ulcers, colostomy care, help with oxygen.  Special diet needs such as a pureed foods, fluid restriction, and monitoring caloric intake is also included in this level.

LEVEL FOUR: Includes services offered in levels one, two and three plus any of all of the following:  Displays confusion and cognitive impairment, occasional agitation and resistance to care.  Needs frequent cueing and direction.  Is incontinent of urine.  Needs more frequent housekeeping.  Needs supervision when ambulating or a wheelchair at all times.  Needs assistance at meal time.

Residents may enter Ligonier Gardens with complete independence and progress over time to a higher level of care requiring greater assistance.  Under these circumstances, residents come to feel at home with the environment and staff prior to needing more comprehensive services.          

Recognitions and Accreditations

As with all of the service areas of Bethlen Communities, the Ligonier Gardens Personal Care and Retirement Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  This is the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an assisted living facility and speaks to the quality of care and personal services offered at Ligonier Gardens.   

 

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