There are numerous options to be assessed when medical considerations impact on one’s living arrangements. Home care can refer to health care provided in the home by health care professionals or by family and friends. In many cases, formal care provided by health care professionals is necessary to provide proper care and prevent risk for both the older person and the caregiver.
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Nursing Home Placement
Nursing home placement is crucial to thousands of Americans who each year must confront the difficult decision of placing a loved one in a long-term care center. Nursing home placement is an individualized process. What might be an ideal placement for one client may not be desirable for another. Our professionals take into consideration such factors as location, availability, the physical and mental condition of the patient, age, and access to other services and family members. Using the criteria described previously, we make every effort to ensure a successful nursing home placement for our elder clients and their families.
Lombardi Program/Community Medicaid
The Community Medicaid Lombardi Program, which is also known as Long-Term Home Health Care or “Nursing Homes Without Walls,” was designed to provide care in the home for those who are qualified to enter a nursing home but who have lesser care needs and prefer to remain in their homes. In addition to receiving home nursing care, Lombardi participants receive assistance from home health aides and are often provided with social day care, home delivered meals and transportation to and from medical appointments.
Social Model Daycare
Social Model Daycare programs offer recreational and socialization opportunities for people with dementia, in a secure environment with trained and dependable staff. Each program is slightly different and has different requirements. Our trained professionals assess the appropriateness of a program based on our client’s functional ability, their need for service, and their financial resources.
Hospice programs provide palliative care (moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear) and attend to the emotional, spiritual, social and financial needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient’s home.
Hospice care occurs in free-standing hospice units, homes, and sometimes within regular hospital units. More than a place, hospice care is a philosophy. It is characterized by concern for symptom relief, general well-being, and spiritual and existential comfort for the dying. The need to maintain quality of life in dying or “quality of dying” is important as the incidence of chronic illness increases with the aging of the Western world’s population.
The patient and family are the focus of hospice care, with emphasis placed upon the well-being of family caregivers as well as the patient. Opportunities for caregiver respite are one of the services hospices provide to promote caregiver well-being. Major aspects of hospice care include the relief of pain and management of other symptoms such as nausea and respiratory distress, as well as psychological help for patients and their families to cope with the impending death. Because Medicare usually covers the full cost of hospice services, our staff can help determine if such care is available.
Senior Communities and Assisted Living Facilities
Senior Communities, which are located throughout the United States, provide for active adult living, usually for people 55 or older. Amenities can include state-of-the-art fitness centers, pools and golf courses, and classes and clubs ranging from ceramics to computers to personal investing. Housing can include apartments, townhouses, single-family detached homes and other options. The amenities of some senior communities include flexible dining programs, on and off “campus” events, housekeeping, maintenance and linen service. Others provide a continuum of care for residents who need assistance with health challenges, similar to the care provided by an assisted living home.
Assisted Living usually refers to a facility that is used by people who are not able to live on their own, but do not need the level of care that a nursing home offers. A typical resident of an assisted living facility would be an elderly person or couple who, although not needing the intensive care of a nursing home, would still need some companionship and/or assistance in day-to-day living. Residents of assisted living facilities usually have their own private apartments, without special medical monitoring equipment, nor full time nursing staff that one would find in a nursing home.
Someone who lives at an assisted living facility would not have to be concerned with preparing meals because there is a central kitchen and dining facility. The central dining facility also allows for visiting with others without having to leave home. This greatly reduces the isolation that elderly, disabled or handicapped people suffer when living alone and who are afraid, usually for physical reasons, to leave their homes. Facilities are designed with an emphasis on ease of use by disabled people and are, by necessity, fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or similar legislation elsewhere.
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