Picture: Liz Prosch (left), Vice President of Quality at the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, celebrates the Outstanding Performance award recognition with Nancy Morgan (right), RN at Fair Haven Retirement Community.
Fair Haven Retirement Community’s medical teams have made significant improvements to the quality of life for many residents, earning them an Outstanding Performance award from the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF). Fair Haven, a Methodist Home of Alabama & Northwest Florida, is home to approximately 300 residents.
Fair Haven participates in a Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative designed to identify and treat medical conditions that typically cause nursing home residents to go the emergency room. The award was presented at AQAF’s Scope of Work Outcomes Congress on July 8 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham.
“What this recognition means is that Fair Haven’s residents are in a safer environment,” said Nancy Morgan, RN, and Fair Haven manager for the project. “Residents get better care when we closely monitor lab work for specific signs of problems, and then treat those conditions before they get out of control.”
Morgan said that in addition to medical monitoring, residents are engaged in stimulating activities that significantly reduce the need for certain medications, especially antipsychotics. “Only 12 percent of Fair Haven’s health care residents are taking antipsychotics, which is well below the Alabama average of 15 to 20 percent,” Morgan said.
Fair Haven provides accommodations for independent living, assisted living, memory care assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, nursing care and Alzheimer’s care.