The Three Crowns Park retirement community in Northwest Evanston has opened Hartrey House, a new skilled nursing care center.

“We refer to our skilled nursing facilities as households. We have changed our model of care from a hospital setting to reflect the lives of people living in a real home,“ said Gina Eshuis, director of marketing at Three Crowns, 2323 McDaniel Ave..

Hartrey House offers 9 private and 4 semi-private rooms, but they are part of a unique household setting. Just as a private home would have a front door with a doorbell, a kitchen with a great room and family rooms, so does Hartrey House.

There are no nursing stations or medicine carts. The nursing staff conducts their daily routine such as charting among the residents. The staff are members of the Hartrey House family. “Our goal is to create an environment that puts residents first and feels like home while providing the extra care residents need,” said Eshuis.

“The key to helping our residents adjust to long term care is to create normalcy,” said Eshuis. The medical model of long term care is slowly changing across America. “At Three Crowns Park we believe that people ought to be able to choose when to wake up and decide what they want to eat and when,” continued Eshuis.

Residents of Hartrey House as well as those living in the new independent living and  assisted living apartments share in activities ranging from water aerobics in the new heated pool to Wii bowling tournaments to a sipping a drink in the Prince & Frog Pub. “Senior living at Three Crowns Park is more about gaining independence to do the things you would always do at home,” said Eshuis.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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