WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASSISTED LIVING AND A NURSING HOME?
An Assisted Living Facility is a residential program for individuals who need help with daily activities such as personal care, mobility, medication management, meal preparation or household chores, but who do not require skilled nursing care. Assisted living programs strive to create a safe, home-like setting that promote independence. Nursing Homes, on the other hand, are designed for people who need daily nursing care. These facilities have nursing staff available 24 hours a day, and have a range of medical services to meet the residents’ health care needs.
WHO LIVES IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES?
Currently, more than a million Americans live in an estimated 20,000 assisted living residences. Assisted living residents vary in terms of needs and independence level. Residents may be clear of mind but just need help with a few daily activities, or they may be suffering from memory loss. Assisted living facilities are set up to provide tailored care for each resident.
WHAT LEVELS OF CARE CAN SUNSHINE GARDENS PROVIDE?
Sunshine Gardens is licensed to provide care that corresponds to the needs of each individual resident. The range varies for residents who require a low level of assistance, to moderate and high levels of care. For example, a resident who needs a higher level of care may suffer from dementia and need extra help with daily activities, like dressing and showering, and have a complex medication schedule. We help determine an individualized plan for each resident.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUNSHINE GARDENS CARE-STAFF?
First, each new hire must pass a criminal background check. They then receive necessary shots administered by a local health agency. Caregivers then go through an orientation process and a quality internal training program. On and off-site classes are offered throughout the year to enhance each care -givers quality of service and skill set. Our caregivers’ education is ongoing, and we are proud to have a dedicated team of long-term staff.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY LOVED ONE’S CONDITION CHANGES AND THEIR NEEDS GROW?
If your loved one is assessed at a lower level of care when he or she is admitted to Sunshine Gardens, he/she can continue to live here as long as his/her care needs are not greater than the highest level of care that we provide. If your loved one needs a higher level of care than Sunshine Gardens can safely provide, we will have a care plan meeting and discuss transferring to our sister facility Country Home, which offers a higher level of one-on-one care. We will also give you a comprehensive list of options to make the best decision for your loved one.
DOES SUNSHINE GARDENS PROVIDE RESPITE CARE?
Respite care is short-term care that allows for families and caregivers to take a break and give their loved ones another option for care. Respite care is offered at Sunshine Gardens. We strive for at least a one-month stay, so that residents have time to settle in, orient, and experience the virtues of Sunshine Gardens to the fullest. Respite care includes Sunshine Gardens West’s regular service packages and amenities.
MY LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA. WILL THEY BE SAFE AT SUNSHINE GARDENS?
Our initial assessment of a potential resident includes an in-depth conversation with you and your family about your loved one’s behaviors and medical conditions. Our staff can offer hourly checks as a part of their care plan. If your loved one is frequently wandering, we might recommend Sunshine Gardens Country Home, which is our dedicated memory campus. There, residents have a wander-guard that alerts staff if a resident were to leave the premises. The doors are alarmed and the outside gazebo and patio areas are enclosed with a fence that retains the gorgeous southwest Colorado view, but keeps the residents safe.
MY LOVED ONE INSISTS ON STAYING AT HOME, BUT I WORK DURING THE DAY. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE SAFE?
Sunshine Gardens offers stay at home care. At home care is different for every client. Some need help with daily showering or toileting, some need assistance with pets, meals, or light housework, and some simply want companionship. Our client liaison will work with you to create a plan that best suits your loved one, and our compassionate and experienced staff is available around the clock for their needs.
DOES MEDICARE COVER ASSISTED LIVING?
Medicare does not cover the costs of assisted living, but there may be financial options for your loved one at Sunshine Gardens. Our client liaison is happy to be a resource to you in navigating the financial aspects of senior care.
I’M NOT SURE HOW TO INITIATE A CONVERSATION WITH MY LOVED ONE ABOUT MOVING FROM THEIR HOME, ANY IDEAS?
It’s important to be concise and use open-ended questions like, “Have you thought about…” or “Do you think you may want to…” You will find that your loved one will be more open to the idea if you address them in a way that gives them control over their own decisions, rather than telling them what to do. If your loved one is currently a safety risk, you may need to be more direct to encourage the move. Remember, having several, short conversations may prove more productive than one bombshell discussion.
HOW DOES MY LOVED ONE BECOME PART OF SUNSHINE GARDENS?
The staff at Sunshine Gardens will help to assess the condition of your loved one and the necessary services that he/she will require. You will be asked to complete an admissions packet that includes a medical/physical assessment form. A deposit is required to reserve the room that suits your loved one. Once all necessary paperwork is completed and all questions answered, your loved one may move in. Call us to inquire about availability.