Beechwood has been the recipient of numerous awards, commendations and accreditations. These include the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence Award in Health and Health Services and the Better Business Bureau's prestigious Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Beechwood has partnered with Hospice Buffalo to provide in-patient care in a “household,” allowing for better treatment for each individual according to their needs.
Those associated with Beechwood Continuing Care take pride in past accomplishments, and the Homes are committed to creatively meeting the needs of its residents and the community.
In 2002, BCC began its first steps in initiating a bold, new program to position our organization for culture change and move forward in eliminating the institutional environment from our assisted living and nursing home communities. This on-going effort is geared toward producing a positive and meaningful impact upon our residents’ quality of life as well as their health.
Welcome Home incorporates ideas from many person-centered care models across the country as well as some new ideas of our own!
Welcome Home includes both a physical as well as philosophical transformation. Blocher Homes and Beechwood residents enjoy open dining where they choose their mealtime and where they sit. At Beechwood Homes, we have eliminated nursing stations and long corridors and replace them with households where 12–18 residents share a country kitchen, dining room and living room with a fireplace. Each household is autonomous and functions based on the wishes of the residents and is carried out by their household team. In addition, residents and their families enjoy neighborhood centers which include a bistro, library/multimedia center and entertainment centers as well as a beautiful campus.
And most important is our staff. Person-centered care can not succeed without the commitment of your staff...and our staff are extraordinary. Welcome Home has re-invigorated our staff and provided them a philosophy of care that is truly driven by the residents and based on development of strong relationships with each other. Through extensive education and training in the team directed approach to care, our staff are often able to anticipate our residents needs before they know it themselves!