It all begins once families step inside the green front door of The Little Red House— they experience care, comfort and compassion. Most participants have spent weeks, possibly years completely isolated as the infirmities of the aging process have rendered their group of friends smaller and the opportunities for travel from home difficult. The Little Red House begins with our transportation system which provides “door to door” service to those attending our program. Once at The Little Red House participants experience socialization and a decreased sense of isolation as they interact with friends who possess a wide range of cognitive and physical capabilities. A sense of purpose is renewed as friends help friends navigate a variety of activities designed to challenge the mind and body and renew the spirit each day. Community involvement is re-established as museum docents, guest speakers, school children and local entertainment arrive at The Little Red House on a regular basis. Pet therapy is scheduled on a weekly basis as studies prove that people who spend time with pets live longer, have lower stress levels, get sick less, and have lower blood pressure. It also lifts people out of isolation and loneliness. Pets are wonderful “listeners” and provide unconditional love.
Personal grooming and activities of daily living often become a difficult task for many of our participants. The Little Red House provides the opportunity to receive professional assistance with a shower, shave, and oral and nail care – even a haircut on a regular basis. Personal dignity is restored and a renewed sense of pride follows.
Physical, cognitive and medical care assessments are performed continuously as a registered nurse monitors all aspects of health and well-being. Nutritional meals are provided through a contract with AgeWell Services. A staff of licensed Certified Nursing Assistants provides a care ratio of 1:5, assuring each participant receives personal care and attention. This attention not only provides the roadmap for individualized care, but helps to eliminate premature and/or inappropriate facility placement.
Physical movement is facilitated during many activities each day. A certified Movement Therapist facilitates hourly sessions at least three times weekly. For many participants, this is the only form of exercise they receive on a regular basis. Studies indicate that physical activity not only preserves current capabilities but may result in increased physical abilities and mental health.
Scholarship assistance is made possible through funding provided by The Greater Ottawa County United Way, Reliance Community Care Partners and Senior Resources of West Michigan. Funding is also available through the Veterans Administration for qualified individuals. Please call us at 616-846-5720 for more information.
Financial TransparencyThe Little Red House is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is dedicated to providing the public access to financial statements & reports.
Board of Directors
|Vice President||Mike Cotterall|
|Of Counsel||Philip R. Sielski, Attorney|