Senior Resource, Referral, and Placement Services
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Independent Retirement Living is for people who are able to live independently, but perhaps have chosen not to maintain their own home and yard, and want to have the luxury of meals prepared for them. Many also prefer to live in a community with others of the same age and with similar interests. An independent retirement community allows for a great deal of social activities and trips. Most independent living communities also offer prepared meals and provide a wide range of amenities and services. This can include spas, salons, libraries, computer centers, swimming pools, excursions, special social events and much more.
Assisted Living Communities are settings designed primarily for adults, age 55+, who need housing and personal care services, with a 24/7 supervised setting. These communities, which come in varying sizes, are a socially oriented model of care for seniors. This is a significant contrast to the medical model of care such as a Hospital or the nursing model of care such as in a Nursing Home. Residents are encouraged to maintain relationships with their community, family and friends and to become involved in the community social activities which are held inside and outside the community setting. This setting is considered home by most and that philosophy is an integral part of the day to day life for residents, staff and family. There is freedom to come and go as they please, many still drive and others become more stabilized in their health because of the safety and trained staff in the Assisted Living Communities. Inspection reports and complaint histories are designed as Public Disclosure Records and are available for review at an affiliated County office.
Adult Care Homes / Adult Family Homes
An Adult Care Home is a licensed care setting located in a residential neighborhood that provides care for its residents in a home-like setting. Adult Care Homes provide services and care in the course of day-to-day routines and activities, and provide a safe and secure environment that is more affordable than other options. In addition, Adult Care Homes are required to meet a multitude of regulatory standards and are inspected annually to ensure they are in compliance. The owners, providers, and care givers have training and experience requirements as well. Inspection reports and complaint histories are designed as Public Disclosure Records and are available for review at an affiliated County office.
Memory Care / Dementia Care
Memory Care Communities are specialized living arrangements for seniors with memory impairments that have progressed to the point where they can no longer communicate normally and/or take care of themselves. Besides a private or shared room and meals in a common dining area, these homes provide constant supervision, formal nursing care plans, help with Activities in Daily Living (ADL’s) and personalized care designed to offer residents as much mental and memory stimulation as possible.
Skilled Nursing Care
Nursing communities have two levels of care available: Skilled and Intermediate. The Skilled level of nursing care is typically of short duration and rehabilitation and recovery oriented. The Intermediate level of care is what the majority of nursing facility residents are receiving. It is more custodial in nature. Nursing facilities are a medical model of care and are staffed with one or more nurses 24/7. They have more staff and consultants than other supervised care arrangements. The needs of most nursing facility residents can be met in Intermediate care rather then Skilled care. Nursing facilities are the most expensive of the long term care options.
Respite care is a provision of short term care. It is temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a community outside the home or a healthcare setting. It is typically arranged for occasions such as vacation relief for family caregivers or recovery from a simple surgery or illness.
It is a philosophy of care focused on keeping the resident comfortable once the resident and physician have decided that the underlying disease can no longer be treated or cured. The goal of hospice is to help patients live their last days as alert and pain-free as possible. Hospice care tries to manage the symptoms so that a patient's last days are spent with dignity and quality. The philosophy of Hospice is to neither hasten nor postpone death and is focused on the belief that quality of life is as important as length of life. There are many Hospice programs in the area to choose from.
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