Aviston is owned and operated by the family owned business King Management. From the beginning, the King family has emphasized care for the individual resident, believing person-centered care will result in happier residents and a higher level of job satisfaction for our staff. We do our best to ensure our residents are nurtured, respected, and engaged in making decisions about their daily activities and health care.
We emphasize a progressive rehabilitation approach to care, and many of our residents come to our community on a short-term basis as they recover from hospital procedures or surgery. Our progressive rehabilitation program helps our residents quickly regain as much mobility and independence as possible so they can return to their own homes as soon as they are ready.
At Aviston, we take pride in the high level of education, training, and experience our staff members have obtained in their specific careers. But it is their level of dedication to our residents that qualifies them to be members of our family. We combine the expertise of registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, a registered dietician, a specially-trained activity director, and many other staff members to provide the comprehensive care and support our residents need.
We also believe in the voice of our residents, which is why they are a part of our hiring program. Residents are able to ask questions of the potential employees that are important to them and then give the administration valuable feedback from a resident’s perspective.
Karla Fuhler Smith, Administrator
Karla is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Aviston Countryside Manor. She holds her Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors of Science in Business and Organizational Leadership from Greenville College. She obtained her AAS in Physical Therapy from Belleville Area College. She is also a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
Karla is a member of the Illinois Health Care Association, the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Association, the Illinois Pioneer Coalition, and the Breese Chamber of Commerce. Karla also maintains her membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. Her calling and compassion to encourage others to provide person-centered care led her to seek more education and obtain her nursing home administrator’s license. She enjoys building relationships with the staff, the elders, and their families and is excited to be a part of the Aviston community.
Karla and her husband, Jay, reside in Carlyle, Illinois, with their children: Megan, Brianna, Jake, Molly, Isaac, Chloe, & Jaren. Karla & Jay are IHSA volleyball officials. Karla is an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle, where she is an usher and a PSR instructor. Karla & her family enjoy spending time poolside, bicycling, or watching their children’s many sporting activities.
When a new staff member is hired by Aviston, they are required to complete the Elder Shadow Program in order to gain a better understanding of what it is like to live in a long term care community. The staff member will shadow a resident during all shifts (day, evening, midnight) and he/she will “live” like the resident they are assigned to. This means eating the same foods, attending the same activities, and having the same level of dependency as the resident. As each staff member completes the program, they walk away with a better understanding of the feelings of the residents, which results directly in a higher level of quality care. The experience is life changing as our staff understands the importance of spending more quality time with the residents rather than simply focusing on daily tasks, creating a more home-like environment for everyone.
Dr. Richard Carlson, who holds a Ph.D in Psychology and is an accomplished author, has said that nothing builds perspective more than developing compassion for others. And compassion, he said, comes from “the willingness to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to take the focus off yourself and to imagine what it’s like to be in someone else’s predicament.” The staff at Aviston Countryside Manor did exactly that by living as a long term resident for a number of days, sometimes up to 2 weeks. We invite you to see this program in action through the following short clip:
Full length DVDs documenting Through the Looking Glass are also available at $25.00 per 30 minute DVD. Please contact Aviston Countryside Manor at (618) 228-7615 to purchase any of the 3 documentaries.
Caring for seniors and individuals with special needs is more than just providing a place to live, eat, and sleep. For a living environment to be truly called a home, residents need to be nurtured, respected, and engaged in making decisions about their activities and health care. You will find all of these attributes at any one of our senior living facilities. To learn more about King Management, please visit us at: www.kingmgt.com, or give us a call at (618) 327-3064.