In-House Specialty Services: The Wellness Advantage
We are reframing senior living by changing the idea of assisted living. We are traditional assisted living with the addition of wrap-around services that (currently) no other senior living provider is offering. We have drastically reduced hospitalizations and have truly becoming an aging in place senior living, where our residents are not as frequently moving out, but rather staying put because of partnerships we enjoy with our local major healthcare systems.
Current examples of integrating a clinic with assisted living:
We have a Cardiologist making rounds monthly to see residents with heart challenges. We have a Nephrologist providing medical management. We have an eye doctor, dental hygienist, primary care doctor, psychiatrist, counselling services, all coming inside to provide direct 1:1 care and support. We operate our own in-house lab work, we have diagnostics coming inside to perform x-rays and ultrasounds. We have a home health rehab agency operating out of our adult day health to provide physical and occupational therapies to our residents.
TRUE aging in place is occurring in our communities, as our teams have become family to our residents, and our desire to keep residents operating at top performance is our goal. With strategic community relationships and bringing in more preventative-care and oversight, we are thrilled to outperform our counterparts in our care, retention, reduced hospitalizations, and overall health of our residents.
Our expert nurses provide clinical oversight of blood sugars, insulin injections, vitamin B injections, lab work, keeping the many primary care doctors informed, and consulting with them for care services. Our nurses also consult with caregivers, provide support for caregiving needs, watch for changes in a resident’s normal condition, and write personalized care plans and adjust the plan as conditions change.
Our Wellness Advantage is expansive in comparison to traditional senior living settings that cater to amenities over care. We put care first and foremost, as one does not leave the comforts of home without a good reason to do so. Our Director of Nursing’s expertise provides unmatched service: she sets residents up for success and is honest with families and residents about expectations and services available. We are committed to honest and direct communication, as your loved one deserves that.
We are also committed to providing 12-16 hours of on-site licensed nursing staff each day that oversee resident care. Our residents quickly move from a clinical progress note to a loved one in our hearts. We notice changes in condition and consult with medical doctors, our team, and engaged loved ones to set our resident up on the best care path.
Our Wellness Team has fostered community partnerships to bring in dental hygienists, home health agencies with a PT/OT office onsite, regular podiatry appointments, regular primary care doctor visits, nurse practitioners onsite, daily pharmacy deliveries, and strong partnerships with our two local hospital systems for better patient care. We are also now partnered with Optum, so those individuals who qualify can gain extra support and money for medical procedures and supplies.
Senior living communities can provide all the best amenities one could hope for, but at the end of the day all that is left is the elephant in the room: Will they be able to honor my loved one with the best care available? Is this the most appropriate environment for my loved one?
Our expert Admissions Department’s goal is just that: to ensure we can honor your loved one with the best care. If the answer is no, we will truthfully guide you in a different path. If the answer is yes, we will conduct an extensive assessment to create the personal care plan your loved one deserves.
Real Life Example
JJ was born with a complicated disease and had a lifetime of hurdles to overcome. Denied at many other locations, JJ was at rock bottom, not knowing where to turn, until we received the call. Could we help? Did we care? Our nurse’s best friend had a sibling born with the same condition, and she felt a kinship and compassion which drove her to research and set JJ up for success, despite the overwhelming challenges. Where JJ had been rejected elsewhere, JJ was welcomed home with us.