~ First Continuing Care Community in the Nation to Receive Award ~
Wheat Ridge, Colo. – The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood has been awarded Planetree Bronze Recognition for Meaningful Progress in Resident-Centered Care. The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood is the first health care organization in Colorado to be awarded Bronze-level recognition since Planetree first introduced the recognition level in 2012. They also have the honor of being the first continuing care community in the United States to achieve Bronze-level recognition!
What distinguishes Planetree Recognition among other health care quality awards is its distinctive focus on resident-centered care, defined as a model of care delivery in which health care professionals partner with residents and families to identify and satisfy the full range of resident needs and preferences. Bronze Recognition was awarded to The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood following a series of focus groups with residents and their loved ones, as well as staff from all disciplines throughout the organization.
“The experience of The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood shows what can be accomplished when a team of deeply committed, supremely innovative and highly-driven caregivers take the courageous leap to re-define priorities and re-organize systems to put residents first,” shared Susan Frampton, Planetree’s President.
As a Planetree affiliate, the achievement of Bronze Recognition by The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood is a significant milestone in the organization’s culture change journey, evidencing that effective policies, practices, tools, and systems are in place to meet a broad range of resident, family, and professional health care giver needs and preferences.
“The whole community is tremendously proud and humbled by this recognition,” said Administrator Angela Byrne. “It reflects the commitment of every member of Sandalwood to providing the highest level of care each and every day. It also recognizes the innovation of our organization in finding the means to place the well-being of our guests and residents in the center of all decision-making”.
The criteria include a shared medical record policy, nonrestrictive visiting practices, opportunities for patient/resident and family input into health center operations, healthy and flexible meal options, recognition of the role of spirituality and the arts in healing, and a physical environment that facilitates privacy, promotes open communication between patients/residents and providers, and is accommodating of family members’ involvement in their loved one’s care. Recognizing that ultimately the patient/resident experience originates with those providing care, several criteria focus on nurturing a work environment that is supportive of staff.
“Planetree awards Bronze Recognition for Meaningful Progress in Resident-Centered Care to celebrate organizations’ progress along the culture change journey,” said Frampton. “In this spirit, we look forward to witnessing how the team at The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood builds on this achievement to take its commitment to delivering resident-centered care to even greater heights.”
About The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood:
Sandalwood has provided for the West Denver community’s skilled care and long term care needs since 1958. Recently, a 35,000 square foot state of the art rehabilitation unit was added and the existing building was extensively refurbished, offering a well-appointed, gracious atmosphere. Sandalwood is a 5 Star Community, priding itself on providing exceptional hospitality to our short-term rehabilitation guests, long term care residents and their families. Sandalwood has had the privilege of caring for several generations of families.