Extended Care Neighborhood at Riderwood Receives 'Deficiency-Free' Survey by State of Maryland for Second Time in Four Years

SILVER SPRING, MD (November 4, 2011) - Renaissance Gardens, the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood, has just received a 'deficiency-free' survey from the State of Maryland, the second time in the past four years it has done so. Moreover, Renaissance Gardens has not had a clinical deficiency for the past two years (note: by comparison the industry average for skilled nursing homes is 13 deficiencies per survey). This achievement follows Renaissance Gardens being named this past year as the recipient of the federal government's highest Five-Star Quality Rating for assisted living/skilled nursing facilities for the fourth successive year. Renaissance Gardens has 117 licensed skilled nursing beds, each a private residence with a few one-bedroom units. "Our Renaissance Gardens staff do whatever is necessary to provide our residents with the best possible health care, complemented by a full range of activities," said John Mann, Administrator for Renaissance Gardens. Renaissance Gardens offers enhanced living, larger apartments and neighborhood model that are affecting culture change in long-term care, supporting person centered care and creating home ambiance. Riderwood  residents have expressed a preference for apartment style living as they receive health services. Riderwood responded with redesigned Renaissance Gardens apartment homes that offer one-bedroom and two-bedroom models, kitchenettes with corian countertops and full baths. The new apartment homes range from 450 - 700 square feet.  Four offer outdoor patios.  The apartment homes also have personalized medication cabinets for each resident, eliminating large medication carts that feel more clinical and institutional. "We listen to what our residents want and we build to their specifications, which is empowering," said John Mann, Administrator for Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood. "More living space means keeping more of a resident's  treasured belongings close. Also, offering a spacious living room allows comfortable space for visitors and guests, even for out of town family to stay the night. "Full baths with heat lamps give both privacy and warmth," he said. "Kitchenettes provide room for favorite foods, or someone can just pay a visit to the neighborhood country kitchen and help themselves, 24/7." The Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood neighborhood model serves smaller groups of 12 - 32 residents with person-centered care, unlike  traditional hospital and nursing home models elsewhere that serve 40 - 60 patients in a more impersonal,  institutional setting. "Smaller numbers of residents allow for more personalized relationships and resident-directed care in terms of nutrition, social and recreational activities and daily living support," said Mann. Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood is located at 3160 Gracefield Road. Call Sharon Flowers-Williams (301-572-8420) for more information.