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Assisted Living is a term has sent mixed feelings for many seniors and family members. It represents a big change for many in their independence, health, environment, and lifestyle. Assisted Living has changed quite a bit from what people used to envision in their minds of a nursing home, with seriously ill or severely debilitated individuals with limited activity and quality of life. These days the options available in Assisted Living are vast, and many are resort style full of vibrant residents engaging in a calendar full of daily activities, chef prepared meals, groups, and outings, still living their best life with a little help.
Taking a look at what makes up a quality Assisted Living Community, I found some good insights from an article by Dr. Steven Fuller, DO, PhD Seven Challenges Assisted Living Must Get Right - Caring for the Ages that would like to share parts of along with some professional experience working as a Senior Living Advisor for Ruby Care.
Quality of health care must be at the center of any assisted living community, as declining health is the main reason for residents to move to assisted living. On the flip side, it is also the top reason for residents to leave assisted living.
Challenge for many people is failure “to recognize that health care is managed in acute care settings (like hospitals) differently than in chronic care settings (like assisted living). The goal of hospitals is short term, standardized treatment of a resident’s illness or episode of care. In the hospital setting, the forming of nurturing and healing relationships often falls victim to fast-paced efficiency to reduce the length of stay and cost of care.
In assisted living, however, the opposite prevails. The emphasis has evolved from treatment of an illness to recovery from the illness.” Residents are now moving to a new home environment where relationships and person-centered care are paramount as well as continued recovery and care.
Identify limitations of individual communities on resident acuity that can be competently managed (Type A vs Type B). The consequences of accepting a resident whose health care acuity exceeds the ability of workers capacity to manage it endangers the existing residents by diverting staff and other resources toward the highest acuity residents, leaving the lower acuity residents with unmet health care needs. Many assisted living communities have levels of care and hire staff based on the acuity level of the resident population. These levels of care come with increased cost.
Chronic Disease Management
Assisted living residents have multiple chronic diseases and take a multitude of medications to treat them. It is a significant challenge managing the delicate balance of medications to obtain optimum outcomes. How the assisted living schedules necessary tests and appointments for residents, arranging transportation, distributing/renewing prescriptions, communicating with families, and so on are all key things to know and ask.
Managing chronic illness is a challenge. Many communities have helped provide better management by having concierge physicians that can make “house calls” and tele-med visits at the community. This is even more prevalent since the past 2 years with COVID, to ensure that residents can receive quality medical care with minimal risk of exposure or transmission. This also allows the senior to remain in a comfortable/familiar environment reducing overall stress and anxiety.
Assisted living communities must be able, upon request, to objectively validate the quality of the health care they are providing to their residents. Health care data should be collected, tracked, analyzed, and communicated to employees and families. Examples of important quality measures include emergency department transfers, hospitalizations, readmissions, falls, pressure ulcers, behavioral disturbances, pain control, ambulance calls and transfers, and resident and employee satisfaction surveys. Note that not all assisted living options are licensed and state regulated. All potential communities should still be checked to ensure that they are following best practices and federal guidelines regarding all quality measures. State regulated communities can be checked for any violations on the HHS Texas,gov site.
How does the community work to help prevent falls? Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a broken hip or head injury. Additionally, falls are a leading contributor to liability costs, which are then passed down in the rent paid by all residents. For more information on falls and how to prevent them refer to our previous blog: https://rubycaresenior.com/blog/f/how-to-prevent-falling
As you can see, there is a lot to consider when thinking about Assisted Living and living out your or your loved one’s best life possible. When the time comes for you to look for Assisted Living or other Senior Living options, there are many senior communities available capable of providing quality and the continuity of care needed. Finding the right one can be a daunting task, with over 900+ in the DFW area. At an often already stressful time, enlisting the expertise of a Senior Living Advisor from Ruby Care can ease the stress. We can be your guide to helping navigate the sea of available options based on what would be the best fit given the individual’s care needs, financial constraints, likes/dislikes, location, family support available, etc. We even set up and tour with our clients, all at no cost to you! Our team is passionate about seniors in our community, and love what we do!
Britt Hemsell – Ruby Care Senior Living Advisor & Blog Contributor
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Step into The Gallery at North Port, where the stories of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and vibrant personalities converge to create an unparalleled living experience. Much like a traditional gallery that showcases art to inspire and connect, The Gallery takes this concept further by celebrating the residents themselves as the cherished works of art within its walls.In this unique haven, residents are revered and their stories shared among a close-knit family of friends. The ethos of The Gallery revolves around recognizing that each individual is a masterpiece in their own right, and the community is a canvas that enriches and amplifies their narratives.Celebrating You as the MasterpieceAt The Gallery, every resident is recognized as a unique masterpiece. The community celebrates the diversity of stories, backgrounds, and experiences, fostering an environment where residents feel appreciated and valued for their individuality. The Gallery's team understands that personal stories are the heartbeats of the community, and they are dedicated to adapting and catering to individual preferences, ensuring that residents continue to lead lives on their own terms.Different Levels of Lifestyles and CareOne of the hallmarks of The Gallery at North Port is its commitment to offering various levels of lifestyles and care, recognizing the distinct needs and preferences of each resident. Whether residents seek independence, personalized support, or specialized memory care, The Gallery provides tailored options that allow vibrant connections to flourish while ensuring that every day holds something new and enriching to become a part of their unique story.Spaces That Embrace ConnectionThe Gallery isnt just a place to reside; it's a canvas that invites vibrant connections and meaningful interactions. Its enticing spaces are designed to foster gatherings and appreciation, not just of the physical environment but of the greatest masterpiece the residents themselves. From cozy corners to community areas buzzing with activity, every space encourages residents to engage, connect, and celebrate lifes moments together.Enriching Lives Through Shared ExperiencesHere, life is a canvas waiting to be painted with shared experiences. Residents are invited to embark on a journey where every day unfolds new chapters in their stories. Whether it's engaging in creative activities, savoring culinary delights, participating in events that inspire, or simply enjoying conversations with friends, The Gallery ensures that each moment contributes to a richer, more vibrant tapestry of life. The Gallery at North Port stands as a testament to celebrating individuality, fostering connections, and providing a canvas for residents to live their lives as the cherished works of art they are. In this community, every story is revered, and every resident is the masterpiece that enriches the greater narrative of this vibrant living experience.
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of North Port, The Gallery stands as a testament to a senior living community that not only values individuality but also offers an array of care options to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of its residents. With a commitment to providing a continuum of care, The Gallery ensures that residents write their own stories, embracing vibrant lifestyles supported by compassionate and tailored assistance.Independent Living: Crafting Your NarrativeIndependent living at The Gallery means embarking on a journey where residents script their own narratives, surrounded by abundant options for enriching experiences each day. Its about joining a community of like-minded individuals who value creativity, freedom, and choice. Residents can be as social or private as they wish, fostering connections within the community and inviting family and friends to partake in the exciting experiences North Port has to offer.Here, residents revel in a lifestyle that encourages independence while having access to a rich tapestry of amenities and activities, embracing the freedom to curate their own unique stories each day.Assisted Living: Personalized Support and Enriching ExperiencesRecognizing the diverse needs of residents, The Gallery's Assisted Living program takes a personalized approach, honoring each individual's present circumstances and fostering a supportive environment. Through tailored plans of support and wellness, the dedicated team at The Gallery becomes an integral part of residents' stories, nurturing a sense of engagement, connection, and fulfillment.Residents receive the support they need to continue embracing a fulfilling lifestyle. By facilitating new life experiences, promoting activity, and fostering meaningful connections, The Gallery ensures that residents not only receive assistance but also thrive in a community that values their unique journey and contributions.Memory Care: Nurturing Unique Journeys with DignityThe Gallerys Memory Care program recognizes the uniqueness of each individual's journey and the challenges posed by cognitive conditions. The care team operates in real-time, understanding and honoring residents' strengths and abilities. The focus isnt solely on the challenges but on creating opportunities for social engagement and participation in both planned and spontaneous activities.Cognitive challenges can impact everyday living, and The Gallery places great importance on respecting and honoring each resident who becomes a part of its extended family. Through personalized care, stimulating activities, and a compassionate approach, the Memory Care program aims to provide an environment where residents can thrive and find moments of joy and connection amidst their journey.This article showcases The Gallery at North Port's commitment to offering a continuum of care, encompassing Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care services, ensuring residents find support, engagement, and fulfillment tailored to their unique needs and preferences.
Life is a journey filled with transitions, and one of the most significant transitions many individuals face as they age is transitioning from independent living to assisted living. This transition can be a challenging decision, but it often becomes necessary when daily tasks and self-care become more difficult to manage alone. In this blog, we will explore the steps and considerations for patients and their families when making the move from independent care to assisted living, with a special focus on the Grace Pointe Continuum of Care difference.Assessing the Need for Assisted LivingThe first step in transitioning to assisted living is recognizing the signs that indicate a need for additional support. These signs may include:Difficulty with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparationMemory problems or cognitive decline that impact safety and well-beingFrequent falls or injuries due to mobility issuesSocial isolation and lonelinessMedication management challengesThe need for regular medical supervision and assistance Open CommunicationOnce the need for assisted living becomes apparent and the process of transitioning from independent living to assisted living begins, it is essential to have open and honest discussions with the individual who will be making the transition. This may involve a family meeting or conversations with healthcare professionals. It is crucial to listen to the concerns and preferences of the person who will be moving, as their input should be valued throughout the decision-making process. Navigating the Continuum of Care with Grace Pointe: Your Assurance of a Smooth TransitionAs weve discussed earlier, the decision to move from independent care to assisted living, marking the transition from independent living to assisted living, is a significant one, and its natural to have concerns about the future. Many individuals and families worry about whether theyll receive the care they need as their health requirements change.At Grace Pointe of Greeley, we understand these concerns and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition through our Continuum of Care. Lets explore how Grace Pointes approach is different and how we provide residents with the assurance they deserve.The Continuum of Care Approach: A Personalized PathwayOne of the key features that sets Grace Pointe apart is our Continuum of Care approach. This approach is designed to help residents and their families identify their current care needs and anticipate future requirements. Ongoing assessments are done by our care team to help create a personalized care plan that evolves with the individuals changing needs. This means that residents at Grace Pointe who are looking into transitioning from independent living to assisted living are not locked into a specific level of care, and theres no need to worry about a dishonest bait and switch scenario.Heres how the Continuum of Care approach works:Initial Assessment: When a resident joins Grace Pointe, we conduct a thorough assessment of their health, preferences, and care needs. This forms the foundation of their care plan.Regular Reassessment: We understand that health can change over time. Thats why we commit to regular reassessments of our residents. If their care needs increase or decrease, we adjust their care plan accordingly.Transparent Communication: We foster open and transparent communication with our residents and their families. If a change in care level is required, we discuss it thoroughly and collaboratively.To provide you with a deeper understanding of the exceptional care and support offered at Grace Pointe of Greeley, we invite you to read testimonials from residents and their families who have experienced our continuum of care firsthand. These heartfelt accounts will shed light on the compassionate and personalized care that sets Grace Pointe apart in the journey and benefits from independent living to assisted living.The benefits of independent living at Grace Pointe of Greeley are clear; here, residents can enjoy a worry-free life without the burden of household maintenance while maintaining a healthy level of independence. Yet, when it comes to transitioning to higher levels of care, such as assisted living or nursing care, the process can be emotionally challenging for both loved ones and their families. This shift can be accompanied by mixed feelings, as it often involves adapting to new routines, healthcare requirements, and a shift in the level of autonomy. Grace Pointes Continuum of Care approach supports each transition without the need for residents to physically relocate. Instead, they add necessary services while remaining in their current living units, tailored to each individual and their family for the ultimate peace of mind.Your Peace of Mind at Grace Pointe of GreeleyAt Grace Pointe of Greeley, we are deeply committed to our residents well-being. The transition from independent living to assisted living should not be a source of anxiety. At Grace Pointe of Greeley, we go above and beyond to ensure that residents have peace of mind about their care journey. Experience the Grace Pointe difference through our Continuum of Care approach, where we tailor each transition, ensuring that your family member moves seamlessly from one living arrangement to another with care, compassion, and a deep sense of belonging.We understand that everyones care needs are unique, and we are dedicated to providing the right level of care at the right time, tailored to you and your familys needs. With Grace Pointe, you can be confident that you or your loved one will receive the care and support needed to thrive at every stage of life.
When Its Time for Senior Living, We Help You Find the Perfect Community for You! With over 900 senior living options in the DFW area, Ruby Care helps families make informed decisions. We provide complimentary assistance to find the most appropriate living community including Indepenent Living, Assisted Living, Residential Care Homes, Memory Care & Nursing Home. Our ExperienceIf you've been searching for senior housing for you or your loved one, you know there are hundreds of senior living communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Let Ruby Care help you. We do the legwork at no cost to you and help you find the place that is perfect for you and your family.Our professionals are well-known in the communities they serve. In order to help you best, they network with health care providers, such as home health, hospice, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, physicians and other senior service providers.Collectively, our team has over 50 years of experience in healthcare and we are trained to listen to your needs so that we can work to find the best options for you...at no cost! Why Us?We know this can be a stressful time for you as you choose your next home. When you work with us, you will be assigned a Senior Living Advisor (SLA) who knows the community and has first-hand knowledge of the communities you are considering. Your SLA will meet with you in person and will listen to your wishes, wants and needs in order to help guide your next steps. Your SLA will also help you with senior living community tours and preparation to help guide you through the selection process. We serve as your advocate and help make this a smooth, seamless transition. Once you have selected a community, we continue to follow up for at least the next thirty days to make sure things are going well and there are no outstanding concerns. possibilities. placement. peace of mind.