Gracelen has evolved through many regulatory developments, change of ownerships and different peer reviews. It has shifted its population from mild aging symptoms to the more acute mentally challenged residents. The original part of the building was built in 1962 in the west section of the existing facility. Over the next few years, the center and east wings were built. The original business office was in the dietary department where the dietitian has her office now. It was not staffed with office personnel nor was it required to have such, nor did it need a full time Medical Records Department.
There were no computers, computerized payroll processing and the time clock was a sign in sheet before the old punch in time card system. Today’s staff tracking is done through computerization and payroll checks are no longer hand written but computer generated.Services such as Social Services were done outside the facility and the Activity Department was not yet a compliance issue. Many goings on were done by volunteers, who randomly came to the facility without an organized program or schedule and little hands on training. Resident activities were not a focus for quality of life at that time. The focus was on meeting the medical needs of the residents. Moving away from the institutional model was years away.
Services such as Social Services were done outside the facility and the Activity Department was not yet a compliance issue. Many goings on were done by volunteers, who randomly came to the facility without an organized program or schedule and little hands on training. Resident activities were not a focus for quality of life at that time. The focus was on meeting the medical needs of the residents. Moving away from the institutional model was years away.
One of the first residents to be admitted to this facility was a resident here for thirty-three years. Original placed residents, then called patients, varied in aging associated problems. Keep in mind this was all before the term Alzheimers was utilized. Many of our life saving drugs were not yet used and the only licensed nurse (usually one) was on the day shift. Also, the disposable era had not hit the nursing practice and many of our supplies were recycled.Syringes were made of glass and cotton balls were hand made from huge hunks of cotton batting.
Dogs and cats were prohibited and residents were not protected through resident rights and were not always allowed to open their own mail, vote or make phone calls. Families were not always kept informed when a resident was transferred to another facility and family contacts were violated. Swing and graveyard shifts were supervised by a senior nurses aide or medication aide. Staffing requirements were not mandated and the whole business of long-term care was under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Health. Regulation, monitoring and peer review is now all done under Senior and Disabled Services Division, formerly Senior Services Division. The original name for the facility was Ideal Nursing Home. The next owners and managers of this facility were Bill and Zada Treadwell. The facility then became Treadwell Nursing Home.
The Treadwell’s son John Burke became an Administrator and took over the business somewhere in the 1970’s and owned it until 1982 under the name of S.E. Care Center, Inc.. It was then that the then current Administrator and Linda Glidden-Pickering bought the facility under the name of Har-Lyn Care Center.
In 1983, Linda Glidden took over from her partner and bought him out and changed the name to Gracelen Terrace Long Term Care Facility in 1988. Gracelen Terrace is a family facility. Linda Glidden-Pickering’s two sons both worked here as an employees and her grandchildren have volunteered and visited residents at the facility.
There have been many employees whose children have come to work before moving on to higher education. Linda is also seeing the children of residents who were here eighteen or more years ago now not to visit but to be cared for as well. Gracelen Terrace’s name comes from Linda Glidden-Pickering’s grandmother Grace and her daughter Lenitta. Both are deceased but were both great humanitarians.
Gracelen Terrace has many long-term staff. It retired an RN a few years ago who worked here for twenty-two years and a nurses aide who worked here for thirty-three years. Linda Glidden-Pickering has been here since July 14, 1980 and she retired a food service supervisor after 24 years in the business.Linda was hired as an employee on July 14, 1980. She and the then Administrator incorporated H&L Care Center’s, Inc. on July 14, 1981, then bought the facility outright on July 14, 1982. On July 14, 1983 their partnership broke up and Linda assumed position as owner/Administrator. Coincidence or fate? She changed the name to Gracelen Terrace in 1988.
Regardless of its history, Gracelen has left a memory trail of special patients/residents, staff and families who will be forever a part of this home for years to come. It is often that someone says, “remember so and so”. We all stop to reflect those friends who were here and now are gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our facility.
Linda M. Glidden-Pickering, LNHA