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|Director, Jennifer Popp:
|Director of Nursing
About Eunice Smith Home
Eunice Smith Home is located in Alton, Illinois, on the grounds of Alton Memorial Hospital. A 62-bed skilled nursing facility, Eunice Smith Home provides the multi-disciplinary care you or your loved one may need, whether for a short-term rehabilitation or a longer stay. Seventy percent of our residents are cared for through the Rehab to Home program, where they can get the necessary therapies to make the transition home easier and healthier. Our highly skilled nurses, therapists, technicians and support personnel care for residents who require a long-term stay and develop a personalized care plan to meet their needs. Any physician on staff at Alton Memorial Hospital has admitting privileges at Eunice Smith Home.
Eunice Smith Home provides many services to ensure that your loved one’s needs are being met in an inviting, healthy and safe environment.
- 62-bed skilled nursing facility
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Physical therapy
- 40 Medicare-certified beds
- Certified for Illinois Medicaid
- Medicare.gov 5-Star Rating
Memory Lane Secure Dementia Unit at Eunice Smith Home
Memory Lane Secure Dementia Unit provides comfortable, home-like facilities and an attentive staff, ensuring exceptional care for our patients and peace of mind for their families.
Rather than forcing patients to conform to their new surroundings, the Memory Lane care team uses "Person-Centered Care" to "reach into a resident's world." Through this innovative approach to patient care, staff learn residents' life history with the help of family members. We engage residents in favorite activities from early in their lives to improve their quality of life, their comfort level and to help them cope with their condition. Family members are encouraged to bring in mementos and other reminders to share with their loved ones.
Because people with Alzheimer's disease do not always respond well to a structured environment, we give residents freedom from routines. For example, they can eat and sleep whenever they chose.
The Comforts of Home
Memory Lane Secure Dementia Unit is a 22-bed residence located at Eunice Smith Home in the renovated and upgraded west wing. The facility features a furnished community living room and kitchen, creating a home-like atmosphere. Each sleeping room is furnished. Residents' families are encouraged to decorate the room with family photos and keepsakes.
To learn more information about the amenities offered at Eunice Smith Home, call us at 618.463.7330.
As a part of admission, residents and their families complete an interest survey. The survey explores past and current interests, and allows staff to create unique activities for each resident. Personalized therapeutic activities provide age- and stage-appropriate social, physical, spiritual, emotional and cognitive opportunities. Group programming includes music therapy, movies, safe exercises, table games and reminiscing.
Skilled and Caring Staff
A multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals staffs Memory Lane. The team includes doctors, registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, dietitians and activities aides. Ongoing education and training in the care of those with Alzheimer's disease is an essential part of staff development.
Family Involvement and Support
Throughout the resident's stay, families are invited to contribute and update their loved one's personal history records. By creating a "life story," staff members and caregivers become aware of personal interests and accomplishments. This assists the activities director in creating unique activities for each resident and allows staff to better relate to residents on a personal level. Family members are kept updated and informed of their loved one's activities and care.
A special Alzheimer's disease support group is offered exclusively for families of Memory Lane residents. The support group is an excellent source of information, and provides emotional and spiritual support to family members and caregivers. The support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Eunice Smith Home board room from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 618.463.7330.