Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa, is a subsidiary of Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines and is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. However, admission to Bishop Drumm is open to people of all faiths, races, colors, national origins or disability.
The continuum of care on the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center campus offers the perfect solution for the older people who seek a quality living environment where they can “age in place.”
Bishop Drumm Retirement Center is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). In the State of Iowa, CCRCs are regulated by the Insurance Division of the Iowa Department of Commerce, as well as other state agencies. In simple terms, a CCRC provides multiple levels of care, usually on the same campus, to elderly people for an extended period of time. The CCRC enables the residents to stay with the same organization even though their care needs may change.
There are four primary communities on the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center campus:
- Bishop Drumm Care Center– A licensed Nursing Facility
- Margery Court Alzheimer Care Unit– A licensed Chronic Care or Dementing Illness Unit
- Martina Place Assisted Living Residence–- A certified Assisted Living Facility
- McAuley Terrace– Independent living for the well elderly
Many people initially move to McAuley Terrace Apartments where they need few services and can enjoy the companionship of other independent seniors.
As time goes by, residents of McAuley Terrace Apartments may develop a need for help with their daily living activities such as cooking, dressing, grooming, etc. In this event, the residents can move to Martina Place Assisted Living Residence on the same campus. The residents of Martina Place do not need nursing or frequent medical care; they just need some additional support services and supervision.
If the resident’s care needs increase, they can transfer to the Bishop Drumm Care Center, either for short-term recovery, or for long-term care. Bishop Drumm Care Center is a licensed nursing facility that provides nursing care such as medication administration, therapeutic treatments, rehabilitative services as well as assistance with daily living activities.
Admission can be made directly to any of the programs of Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. For example, a new resident does not necessarily have to move from one program to the next. However, priority admission status is granted to existing residents, and since all of the programs enjoy outstanding reputations, admission to the Care Center or Assisted Living Facility is much more accessible to other residents of the campus.