By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Special Interest | Issue: August 2008
A peaceful setting is offered at Home Sweet Home, a residential assisted living home near Broken Arrow and Coweta. Pictured: Barb, a resident of Home Sweet Home, and Vernise Sheay, owner and registered nurse.
At Home Sweet Home, a residential assisted living home specializing in care for the memory impaired, the emphasis is on quality of life and taking things one day at a time. Located between Broken Arrow and Coweta, east of County Line Rd. and 141st St. S., the assisted living facility was established early this year.
Vernise Sheay is a registered nurse and owner of Home Sweet Home. A native of Trinidad, she came to the United States in 1997. Sheay earned her accreditation as an administrator for residential assisted living at Oklahoma State University prior to establishing Home Sweet Home. She also gained hands-on experience while working at Franciscan Villa in Broken Arrow in the Alzheimer’s and assisted living departments, where she said much of her professional growth is attributed to Theresa DeBon, director of nursing, and Rachel Ray, assistant director.
“They were like family to me, and I really miss them,” says Sheay. “But Home Sweet Home is now my heart’s desire.”
You only have to spend a couple of minutes with Vernise and the home’s residents to realize how much love and respect they have for each other. It is a very genuine atmosphere, and residents and staff quickly became like a family.
Home Sweet Home has a mission to provide high quality health care in a loving and safe environment and encourage residents to function at their highest potential, always mindful to preserve their self-esteem and dignity. “We want to promote our reputation of excellence to everyone who calls Home Sweet Home their home and to other professionals, family members and friends associated with our facility,” says Vernise.
When visiting Home Sweet Home, you’ll likely be impressed with the cleanliness and charm of the home. It has spacious, beautifully-designed rooms and a very homey feel. Dietitian-supervised meals are freshly prepared each day. “And I’m a very good cook,” Vernise candidly admits. The residents wholeheartedly agree.
Medications are administered daily by a registered nurse, and residents are assisted with hygiene and activities of daily living. Weather permitting, they participate in outdoor socializing, exercising and other activities on a daily basis. Each member of the Home Sweet Home staff is very friendly and is licensed and trained. One resident commented, “Each of us gets at least one good hug every day.”
Monthly rates are affordable and all-inclusive. A weekly image service is also available, which includes attention to hair and nails, and best of all, massages.
We all know how difficult it is to watch a friend, spouse or other family member struggling with a healthcare condition that limits the ability to function. Home Sweet Home awaits potential residents with open arms. “Our family residents are treated with dignity and compassion. Our home is designed to maximize security and comfort, grant freedom without jeopardizing safety, and stimulate individuals without causing undue anxiety,” says Vernise.
Indeed, Home Sweet Home seems to provide a calm, nurturing environment to help the residents feel safe and secure, respected, and right at home. Special attention is given to the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
If you or a loved one is in need of the services and special care provided at Home Sweet Home, you’re always welcome to take a tour of the facility and visit with Vernise Sheay for more information. Home Sweet Home also offers respite care and recuperation assistance.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.