The council addresses issues and plans activities, Brown-Hayes said. They are planning a boat trip on Lake George. The subject that comes up the most is the food served at the home.
Thats what gets the most flak, she said. Some residents cant have salt, some are diabetic, so we have to be careful what we serve.
She said that life at Countryside is much healthier for seniors than staying alone at home and just watching TV.
They debilitate much faster, mentally and physically, when they dont go anywhere, she said. We make sure our residents have socialization and care, and we pay attention to the smaller details. The staff becomes family and this becomes home for them.
While Brown-Hayes works with her staff to keep Countryside residents healthy and happy, Haskell works to make the facility efficient and affordable for the county. Many residents need temporary assistance from social services, but some pay privately.
It cost the county about $600,000 in 2007 and we expect it to be about the same in 2008, Haskell said. The county has contracted with the Siemens Company for both Westmount and Countryside to make the facilities cost efficient.
While we make repairs, Siemens puts in energy efficient equipment, Haskell said. They guarantee that our saving on energy will pay for their work, and is working very well at Westmount and Countryside.
For information about Countryside Adult Home contact Brenda Brown-Hayes or Director Deanna Park at 623-3451.