Household Coordinators lead transition into new Drinkard Healthcare Center

But how do you prepare your employees to work in a space they’ve never been in before?

How do you transition residents into their new home? 

While every member of the WC leadership has a role to play in helping the transition into the new Drinkard Healthcare Center to be as smooth as possible, there are two people that members of the healthcare team can rely on.

They are April Whalen and Martha DeJarnette. Both registered nurses, April and Martha bring nursing experience and leadership skills to their new roles as Household Coordinators.

“Our household coordinators will be the key leaders for our caregiver teams as we adjust to the layout of the neighborhoods and pursue our model of person directed care delivery,” said Liz Kail, vice president of health services. “Our new facility provides a better environment that will support and enhance resident well being.”

Person Directed Living provides residents, particularly those who need some level of nursing care, with more options and independence. The WC care team works with each person to determine their preferences for meals, activities and even medication management.

“Nursing homes can be so dehumanizing,” noted Martha. “We want to get back to being individuals. It’s a privilege to be in this position; to help lead this transition and implement person directed living.”

“I thought we were doing a good job; but, we’ve been so task oriented because of our training,” April explained. “Now we’ve adjusted sleep and medication schedules for residents to better fit their preferences. And meals are not regimented.”

Martha believes the design of the new building “will encourage people to be involved (in neighborhood activities), get out of their rooms.  I think the outdoor balconies will get a lot of use.”

The new healthcare center provides:

  • Private rooms with complete bathrooms for each resident.
  • Living, dining and activity spaces on each floor.
  • Natural light coming into the building.
  • Outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy.


“Our goal is to provide an environment for each person to pursue their own sense of well-being,” said Sean Huyett, president and CEO. “We believe the new healthcare center will create the right physical environment for residents and caregivers to work together and achieve a more homelike routine.”

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