Long Term Care Options Counseling

Are you thinking about moving to an Assisted Living or another type of housing with services setting?

Studies show people who do not plan ahead, often spend more of their hard earned money and are less informed to deal with a long term health crisis. Don’t wait, plan now. Get information and assistance to understand the risks you might have that could lead to the need for an expensive move. Understand how to manage those risks. (more…)

Checklist for Assisted Living

What to Look for in Assisted Living Residences

Assisted Living, Housing with Services, Catered Living, and Service Rich housing are all names that describe a type of housing that helps people with the activities of daily living. In Minnesota in order to be considered “Assisted Living” residences have minimum requirements: 2 meals daily, daily check system, weekly housekeeping and laundry service, and assistance with 3 or more of the activities of daily living. Additionally health related services must include assistance with self-administration of medication or administration of medication, supervised by a Registered Nurse. Assisted Living residences must also have staff available who can respond 24/7 to requests for assistance with heath or safety neeeds.* Remember if you are helping someone, try to include them as much as possible; it will make their satisfaction level higher.  (more…)

Assisted Living

There are many terms that describe the combination of housing and services which can vary from state to state.  In Minnesota“Housing with Services”  typically means that some or all of the following services are available to some extent: dining, housekeeping, laundry, and personal care.  “Assisted Living” residences have these  services, but in order to be considered “Assisted Living” the services have minimum requirements:  2 meals daily, daily check system, (more…)

Choosing the Right Assisted Living for Memory Care

Not only is the decision to place a loved one in a memory care community difficult, but making the decision on which community is just as difficult. Do you plan for the present or do you plan for the future? When it comes to memory care, that decision is often crisis driven and the decision is frequently made for the present. Unfortunately not all communities can or are able to provide care for the future thus the decision made for the present frequently results in another difficult decision in the future. That’s why it is so important for families to plan for the future, to know what is available and where they would like their loved one to be when the time comes for professional care. (more…)

Residential Care Homes, A Housing Option

Residential Care Homes offer the opportunity for persons needing care to receive assistance in an intimate home setting. Care is provided in real houses which are located in residential neighborhoods. The intimate family feeling of these homes make them an excellent choice for memory care, giving clients a natural comfort level. Residential Care providers offer care ranging from assisted living services to full skilled nursing, with many specializing in memory care, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, Parkinson’s, and more complex needs. Most homes can care for clients until the end, adding hospice services to the services already offered.

One of the foremost reasons to choose a Residential Care Home is because they offer professional and caring services with a high ratio of staff-to-client assistance. A senior who is not restful in a large apartment-style setting will often be more calm and peaceful in a home. The high staffing ratio means that clients can easily receive reassurance and redirection to relieve anxiety or confusion. There is also more continuity of care simply because there are fewer staff coming and going, and they really get to know the people in their care.

People who live in a Residential Care Home have an easier time socializing with their housemates. Since everyone lives in the same house, they are easily able to converse with guests and visiting family members, engage in interactions with staff, participate in daily life activities like baking, cleaning, and other chores as well as entertainment. The environments are warm and inviting, which makes it a place that even the grand kids want to come to!

Residential Care Homes are licensed in different ways, but all have State oversight and requirements. To learn more about Residential Care Homes, and the great providers who are in the Twin Cities area, visit www.residentialcare-mn.org. Give one of us a call, because the coffee pot is always on!

Deb Nygaard is the Director of Development at Arthur’s Residential Care, with two homes; one in Roseville and one in Shoreview. Each home can accommodate 6 clients, and each client has his/her own bedroom and bathroom with a roll-in shower. You can reach Deb at 651-294-4798, or [email protected]