Annette Kurman | Assisted Living Presentation

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Options for seniors when they can no longer live alone at home safely (from an Assisted Living point of view)

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Annette Kurman | Assisted Living Presentation

  1. 1. “ My mother puts the peanut butter in the freezer and forgets to change her clothes” Changes in a loved one that reveal a need for extra assistance and the choices you have Assisted Living is one of them
  2. 2. Things you once took for granted about mom and dad have changed <ul><li>Change in mood/behavior </li></ul><ul><li>An acute health episode </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of a spouse </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden weight Loss </li></ul><ul><li>General forgetfulness </li></ul><ul><li>Late bill payments </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated accidents in kitchen or bathroom </li></ul><ul><li>Missed medications or taken incorrectly </li></ul>
  3. 3. It’s no longer safe for mom or dad to live alone <ul><li>Cannot cook safely or prepare nutritious meals </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot keep the house up — inside or out </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot handle finances </li></ul><ul><li>Unable to maintain personal hygiene or dress appropriately for season </li></ul><ul><li>You’re concerned for her safety when alone </li></ul>
  4. 4. Is it time to think about alternatives to keep mom/dad safe? <ul><li>Mom moves in with you/sibling </li></ul><ul><li>Home health aide comes into the home </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing home </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Day Program </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted Living Residence </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mom moves in <ul><li>Still needs assistance with several activities of daily living </li></ul><ul><li>Worry about safety while she is alone when you are at work </li></ul><ul><li>Socially isolated from peers </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts entire family </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in the blank </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pay for someone to come into the home <ul><li>While you’re at work ($15/hr. x 8 hrs.= $120/day or $480/work week or $24,960/yr) </li></ul><ul><li>Family takes on evening/weekend responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Some people prefer not to have a stranger come into their home </li></ul><ul><li>Mom or dad still socially isolated </li></ul>
  7. 7. Is a nursing home appropriate? <ul><li>Mom or dad really just needs a little help with their “ADLs,” not 24-hour skilled nursing care </li></ul><ul><li>She would benefit from getting together with others for activities, entertainment, outings, and dining </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate for skilled nursing care: IVs, oxygen therapy, etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. An Adult Day Program may meet your needs <ul><li>Check the hours of the program — will drop-off and pick-up work for your family? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there transportation available? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it have a home-like environment? </li></ul><ul><li>Are recreational activities and games posted and do they offer a wide variety that your family member will enjoy? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there nutritional meal plans? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an exercise program and intergenerational activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Are skilled nursing services available? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you have a “trial day” to see if your loved one likes the program? </li></ul>
  9. 9. The best of all worlds — Assisted Living <ul><li>Assistance with needed ADLs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bathing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dressing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toileting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transferring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Medication management </li></ul><ul><li>Nutritious meals served restaurant-style </li></ul><ul><li>Apartment cleaned regularly </li></ul><ul><li>24-hour Lifeline (or similar) security for immediate response from staff </li></ul><ul><li>Low staff turnover </li></ul>
  10. 10. What else should I look for? <ul><li>A 7-day/week activities program, including evenings and weekends </li></ul><ul><li>Alzheimer’s-trained CNAs </li></ul><ul><li>Employees who love their work </li></ul><ul><li>Outings, activities, entertainment, events </li></ul><ul><li>Regular communication with family </li></ul><ul><li>Residents’ Council </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with Administrator or Residence Care Director at any time with concerns </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is Assisted Living really less expensive than my loved one living at home? <ul><li>Your Cost Assisted Living </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly mortgage/rent……………………….. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Property tax…………………………………….. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Property insurance…………………………..... Included </li></ul><ul><li>Condo maintenance fee…………………….... Included </li></ul><ul><li>24-hour security services…………………..... Included </li></ul><ul><li>Three meals/day……………………………….. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly utilities Electricity, gas, oil, water)………………… Included </li></ul><ul><li>Housekeeping services……………………… Included </li></ul><ul><li>Health monitoring……………………………… Included </li></ul><ul><li>Personal care…………………………………... Included </li></ul><ul><li>24-hour emergency call system…………….. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Lawn care/landscaping……………………….. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Snow removal/lawn maintenance…………... Included </li></ul><ul><li>Trash removal………………………………….. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Exterior building maintenance……………… Included </li></ul><ul><li>Plumbing/appliance repairs…………………. Included </li></ul><ul><li>Social, cultural events………………………... Included </li></ul><ul><li>Other miscellaneous expenses……………... Included </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT IS YOUR TOTAL MONTHLY COST? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Assisted Living Resident Profile 2006 <ul><li>Average age of residents was 85 </li></ul><ul><li>More than ¾ of residents are female; 24% male </li></ul><ul><li>Typical resident is an 86-year-old woman who is mobile, but needs assistance with approximately two ADL </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 1 million people across the country reside in an assisted living setting </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why consider Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted Living Our beautiful grounds are professionally landscaped, including patios, koi ponds, courtyards and gazebos, creating a home-like atmosphere for our residents to enjoy. We invite you to visit us to see for yourself that Blaire House is where your loved one will receive the best care in an environ-ment that will maintain his/her dignity and independence. <ul><li>Voted #1 Retirement Residence (2002, 2005, 2006) is for seniors, who want independence, yet may require a helping hand with personal care and other needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Our household offers quiet lounges, a library, a roof terrace, and a sunny dining solarium. </li></ul><ul><li>We offer a schedule of outings and activities of many interests. Blaire House provides the same kind of feeling of comfort and security you experience in your own home. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Be sure you know what services are included in monthly fee BLAIRE HOUSE OF TEWKSBURY “INCLUDED”SERVICES <ul><li>Self Administered Medication Management (SAMM), provides resident with reminders and assistance in taking medications </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Care (available to help with showers, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Flat Linen Laundry Service </li></ul><ul><li>Housekeeping Services </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduled Transportation (if you do not drive) </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness and ISP Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment and activities (Happy hour, floral design, exercise, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Studio & 1-Bedroom Apartments </li></ul><ul><li>All Utilities, including Cable, except Telephone/Internet </li></ul><ul><li>24-Hour Security and Emergency Call System </li></ul><ul><li>Lifeline beepers for Staff for immediate response </li></ul><ul><li>Fine Restaurant-style dining: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner </li></ul><ul><li>Room Service is Available </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of the Property (beautiful gardens) </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Recreational Programs </li></ul>
  15. 15. Meals Become Important <ul><li>Assisted living residences provide up to three meals daily for residents. In addition to regular meals, snack foods are usually offered. </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted living residences offer basic dietary plans (ex: sodium restricted, sugar restricted, low fat) and a variety of food choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Dietitians are available to work with residents who choose to receive counseling about dietary plans. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Assisted Living Activities <ul><li>Activities director should meet with new residents to determine hobbies, interests, activities they like or participated in </li></ul><ul><li>Programs, crafts, entertainment, and outings should meet the needs of all residents. </li></ul><ul><li>Residents with dementia should have a different activities program to meet their special needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Is residence connected with community with intergenerational activities and activities outside the Residence. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What to look for in a specialized program for someone with dementia? <ul><li>A structured routine for residents. </li></ul><ul><li>Caring, compassionate staff who have time to interact with residents in a positive and relaxed manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Alzheimer-trained staff with the ability to deal with difficult behaviors and situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, comfortable, safe and secure surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities that reflect the preferences and routines that each individual resident has established over a lifetime. </li></ul><ul><li>Policies providing clear guidance re: medication management and safety concerns (wandering, behavior management). </li></ul>
  18. 18. What you can do next <ul><li>Check www.massalfa.org for Assisted Livings near you. </li></ul><ul><li>Check facility Website. </li></ul><ul><li>Call for a tour with or without loved one </li></ul><ul><li>Know which reasons you are looking at AL and how each facility can meet your needs </li></ul><ul><li>How does the residence “feel?” </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure what is “included” in monthly fee. </li></ul>
  19. 19. For more information Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted Living <ul><li>Go to our Website, www.elderservices.com for more info. </li></ul><ul><li>Call Annette Kurman, Administrator, of Blaire House Assisted Living at (978) 851-3121 to arrange a tour or to discuss your situation. </li></ul><ul><li>We are Your Guide to Senior Care! </li></ul>

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