“My mother puts thepeanut butter in thefreezer and forgets tochange her clothes”Changes in a loved one that reveala need f...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingThings you once took for grantedabout mom and dad have changed• Change i...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIt’s no longer safefor mom or dad to live alone• Cannot cook safely orpr...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIs it time to think about alternativesto keep mom/dad safe?• Mom moves i...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingMom moves in• Still needs assistancewith several activitiesof daily livi...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingPay for someoneto come into the home• While you’re at work ($15/hr. x8 h...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIs a nursing home appropriate?• Mom or dad really justneeds a little hel...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingAn Adult Day Program may meet your needs• Check the hours of the program...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingThe best of all worlds —Assisted Living• Assistance with needed ADLs:– B...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhat else should I look for?• A 7-day/week activities program,including ...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIs Assisted Living really less expensivethan my loved one living at home...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingAssisted Living Resident Profile 2006• Average age of residentswas 85• M...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhy consider Blaire House of TewksburyAssisted LivingOur beautiful groun...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingBe sure you know what servicesare included in monthly feeBLAIRE HOUSE OF...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingMeals Become Important• Assisted living residences provideup to three me...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingAssisted Living Activities• Activities director should meet withnew resi...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhat to look for in a specializedprogram for someone with dementia?• A s...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhat you can do next• Check www.massalfa.org forAssisted Livings near yo...
05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingFor more informationBlaire House of TewksburyAssisted Living• Go to our ...
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  1. 1. “My mother puts thepeanut butter in thefreezer and forgets tochange her clothes”Changes in a loved one that reveala need for extra assistanceand the choices you haveAssisted Living is one of them
  2. 2. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingThings you once took for grantedabout mom and dad have changed• Change inmood/behavior• An acute health episode• Loss of a spouse• Sudden weight Loss• General forgetfulness• Late bill payments• Repeated accidents inkitchen or bathroom• Missed medications ortaken incorrectly
  3. 3. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIt’s no longer safefor mom or dad to live alone• Cannot cook safely orprepare nutritious meals• Cannot keep the houseup — inside or out• Cannot handle finances• Unable to maintainpersonal hygiene ordress appropriately forseason• You’re concerned forher safety when alone
  4. 4. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIs it time to think about alternativesto keep mom/dad safe?• Mom moves in withyou/sibling• Home health aidecomes into the home• Nursing home• Adult Day Program• Assisted LivingResidence
  5. 5. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingMom moves in• Still needs assistancewith several activitiesof daily living• Worry about safetywhile she is alonewhen you are at work• Socially isolated frompeers• Impacts entire family• Fill in the blank
  6. 6. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingPay for someoneto come into the home• While you’re at work ($15/hr. x8 hrs.= $120/day or $480/workweek or $24,960/yr)• Family takes onevening/weekend responsibility• Some people prefer not to havea stranger come into their home• Mom or dad still sociallyisolated
  7. 7. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIs a nursing home appropriate?• Mom or dad really justneeds a little help withtheir “ADLs,” not 24-hour skilled nursing care• She would benefit fromgetting together withothers for activities,entertainment, outings,and dining• Appropriate for skillednursing care: IVs,oxygen therapy, etc.
  8. 8. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingAn Adult Day Program may meet your needs• Check the hours of the program — willdrop-off and pick-up work for yourfamily?• Is there transportation available?• Does it have a home-like environment?• Are recreational activities and gamesposted and do they offer a wide varietythat your family member will enjoy?• Are there nutritional meal plans?• Is there an exercise program andintergenerational activities?• Are skilled nursing services available?• Can you have a “trial day” to see if yourloved one likes the program?
  9. 9. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingThe best of all worlds —Assisted Living• Assistance with needed ADLs:– Bathing– Dressing– Toileting– Transferring• Medication management• Nutritious meals servedrestaurant-style• Apartment cleaned regularly• 24-hour Lifeline (or similar)security for immediate responsefrom staff• Low staff turnover
  10. 10. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhat else should I look for?• A 7-day/week activities program,including evenings andweekends• Alzheimer’s-trained CNAs• Employees who love their work• Outings, activities,entertainment, events• Regular communication withfamily• Residents’ Council• Contact with Administrator orResidence Care Director at anytime with concerns
  11. 11. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingIs Assisted Living really less expensivethan my loved one living at home?Your Cost Assisted LivingMonthly mortgage/rent……………………….. IncludedProperty tax…………………………………….. IncludedProperty insurance………………………….....IncludedCondo maintenance fee……………………....Included24-hour security services………………….....IncludedThree meals/day……………………………….. IncludedMonthly utilitiesElectricity, gas, oil, water)…………………IncludedHousekeeping services……………………… IncludedHealth monitoring………………………………IncludedPersonal care…………………………………...Included24-hour emergency call system……………..IncludedLawn care/landscaping………………………..IncludedSnow removal/lawn maintenance…………...IncludedTrash removal…………………………………..IncludedExterior building maintenance……………… IncludedPlumbing/appliance repairs…………………. IncludedSocial, cultural events………………………...IncludedOther miscellaneous expenses……………...IncludedWHAT IS YOUR TOTAL MONTHLY COST?
  12. 12. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingAssisted Living Resident Profile 2006• Average age of residentswas 85• More than ¾ of residentsare female; 24% male• Typical resident is an 86-year-old woman who ismobile, but needsassistance withapproximately two ADL• Nearly 1 million peopleacross the country reside inan assisted living setting
  13. 13. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhy consider Blaire House of TewksburyAssisted LivingOur beautiful grounds are professionally landscaped, including patios,Our beautiful grounds are professionally landscaped, including patios,koi ponds, courtyards and gazebos, creating a home-like atmospherekoi ponds, courtyards and gazebos, creating a home-like atmospherefor our residents to enjoy. We invite you to visit us to see for yourselffor our residents to enjoy. We invite you to visit us to see for yourselfthat Blaire House is where your loved one will receive the best care inthat Blaire House is where your loved one will receive the best care inan environ-ment that will maintain his/her dignity and independence.an environ-ment that will maintain his/her dignity and independence.• Voted #1 Retirement Residence (2002,Voted #1 Retirement Residence (2002,2005, 2006) is for seniors, who want2005, 2006) is for seniors, who wantindependence, yet may require aindependence, yet may require ahelping hand with personal care andhelping hand with personal care andother needs.other needs.• Our household offers quiet lounges, aOur household offers quiet lounges, alibrary, a roof terrace, and a sunnylibrary, a roof terrace, and a sunnydining solarium.dining solarium.• We offer a schedule of outings andWe offer a schedule of outings andactivities of many interests. Blaireactivities of many interests. BlaireHouse provides the same kind of feelingHouse provides the same kind of feelingof comfort and security you experienceof comfort and security you experiencein your own home.in your own home.
  14. 14. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingBe sure you know what servicesare included in monthly feeBLAIRE HOUSE OF TEWKSBURY “INCLUDED”SERVICES• Self Administered MedicationManagement (SAMM), providesresident with reminders andassistance in taking medications• Personal Care (available to helpwith showers, etc.)• Flat Linen Laundry Service• Housekeeping Services• Scheduled Transportation (if youdo not drive)• Wellness and ISP Plan• Entertainment and activities(Happy hour, floral design,exercise, etc.)• Studio & 1-Bedroom Apartments• All Utilities, including Cable,except Telephone/Internet• 24-Hour Security andEmergency Call System• Lifeline beepers for Staff forimmediate response• Fine Restaurant-style dining:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner• Room Service is Available• Maintenance of the Property(beautiful gardens)• Social and RecreationalPrograms
  15. 15. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingMeals Become Important• Assisted living residences provideup to three meals daily forresidents. In addition to regularmeals, snack foods are usuallyoffered.• Assisted living residences offerbasic dietary plans (ex: sodiumrestricted, sugar restricted, low fat)and a variety of food choices.• Dietitians are available to workwith residents who choose toreceive counseling about dietaryplans.
  16. 16. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingAssisted Living Activities• Activities director should meet withnew residents to determine hobbies,interests, activities they like orparticipated in• Programs, crafts, entertainment, andoutings should meet the needs of allresidents.• Residents with dementia should havea different activities program to meettheir special needs.• Is residence connected withcommunity with intergenerationalactivities and activities outside theResidence.
  17. 17. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhat to look for in a specializedprogram for someone with dementia?• A structured routine for residents.• Caring, compassionate staff who havetime to interact with residents in apositive and relaxed manner.• Alzheimer-trained staff with the ability todeal with difficult behaviors andsituations.• Clean, comfortable, safe and secure surroundings.• Activities that reflect the preferences and routines that eachindividual resident has established over a lifetime.• Policies providing clear guidance re: medication managementand safety concerns (wandering, behavior management).
  18. 18. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingWhat you can do next• Check www.massalfa.org forAssisted Livings near you.• Check facility Website.• Call for a tour with or withoutloved one• Know which reasons you arelooking at AL and how eachfacility can meet your needs• How does the residence“feel?”• Ensure what is “included” inmonthly fee.
  19. 19. 05/25/13 Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted LivingFor more informationBlaire House of TewksburyAssisted Living• Go to our Website,www.elderservices.com for more info.• Call Annette Kurman, Administrator,of Blaire House Assisted Living at(978) 851-3121 to arrange a tour or todiscuss your situation.We are Your Guide to Senior Care!

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