Emory Healthcare's 250-bed Budd Terrace nursing home is undergoing a more than $5 million renovation project designed to improve each of the resident rooms and many public areas.
"We plan to renovate each resident room, resident bathrooms, common bath areas, day room, nurse's stations and the dining rooms on each resident floor," said Budd Terrace administrator Ray Hayes.
The project is expected to cost just more than $5 million. The Wesley Woods Foundation donated $2.5 million and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation matched it with a $2.5 million grant.
"We are excited to be able to offer a new, modern place to live and work for our residents and staff," said Hayes. The total renovation, which began on May 14, is projected to take about 35 months.
"Facilities like Budd Terrace are more important now than ever," Hayes said. "The number of people in Georgia over age 65 is growing at nearly twice the rate of the younger population, and the 85 plus age group is growing at nearly three times the rate of those under 65."
"We are very grateful to Ms. Lillian Darden and the Wesley Woods Foundation, along with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation for their generous donations to Budd Terrace," said Peter A. Basler, Jr., chief operating officer, Wesley Woods Center and Emory's Center for Rehab Medicine. "We are excited to start the project and look forward to its completion when we will have not only one of the best nursing homes in the country but one of the most beautiful."
Since 1972, Budd Terrace and its staff have provided thousands of seniors and individuals in need of special care with a beautiful and nurturing home. "The home's welcoming spirit and exceptional healthcare services are remarkable assets to the Atlanta community," said Hayes.
Much of the success of Budd Terrace is due to its commitment to help people age in healthy, affordable and ethical ways. "As residents age, Budd Terrace accommodates their needs by offering skilled nursing care while continuing to attend to residents' physical, spiritual and social needs, including special care for residents with Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases," Hayes said.
In addition to the on-going medical management provided by Emory's board-certified geriatricians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and nursing staff, residents are cared for on both spiritual and emotional levels. Through the family support groups, personalized spiritual programs and 24-hour availability of pastoral care, residents' spiritual needs are acknowledged.
"At Budd Terrace residents enjoy a full spectrum of care. From pastoral services to geriatric healthcare and mental health care needs," said Hayes. "And, all of our services are provided on one campus unlike any other nursing home facility in the area."
In addition to nursing home care, Budd Terrace opened a 26-bed sub-acute care unit for patients who need skilled nursing care on a more temporary basis. Patients, typically on Medicare, are admitted to the sub-acute unit directly from traditional hospitals. These patients are being treated for a variety of reasons, including neurological, orthopaedic, cardiac, respiratory and general debilities associated with recent surgery or illness. The average length of stay is 23.4 days, and patients are generally discharged to their home or an assisted living center. "The sub-acute care unit is an important addition to Budd Terrace," said Hayes. "It decreases the time patients have to stay in a hospital, and it offers a clinical transition to their home." The unit, which opened in August, 2003, is expected to expand to 48 beds over the next two years.
Budd Terrace is located on the campus of Wesley Woods Center of Emory University and affiliated with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.