3 Benefits of Adult Day Care for a Senior with Dementia

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Seniors with dementia obtain a number of benefits from adult day care programs.

Maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning, social connections, and engagement in enjoyable activities is crucial to our health and wellbeing, regardless of age or infirmity. Yet when an older loved one is diagnosed with dementia, achieving these goals can become a challenge. This is where adult day care programs are invaluable, providing regular, ongoing opportunities for personal fulfillment and development specific to each person’s individual ability level.

Not only that, but there are some significant perks for seniors who routinely attend adult day programs, and for the family members who provide care for them:

  1. Enhanced safety and security. With supervision and monitoring of attendees by trained and experienced health care professionals, the risk is dramatically reduced for falls, wandering, self-harm from aggression or other difficult behaviors in dementia, and other dangers.
  2. Hygiene and health care. Preferred adult day programs provide on-site nursing services, such as vital signs checks, blood sugar testing, and medication administration, as well as help with personal care needs and even therapy services – a one-stop-shop for the care a senior with dementia needs.
  3. Respite care for families. For family caregivers providing care for a senior with dementia at home, taking regular breaks for self-care is crucial to both their own physical and mental health, and that of their senior loved one. Adult day programs offer the dual opportunity for family caregivers to get the rest they need, while their senior loved ones enjoy a stimulating and enjoyable environment.

While many seniors settle right in to an adult day program, understand that there is often an adjustment period, especially for those with dementia. It’s important to allow some time for the senior to transition, to become comfortable with the surroundings, new people, and routine. It typically doesn’t take long for those with dementia to begin to thrive with opportunities to explore and engage in the varied activities, and to form friendships with other participants, as well as staff.

At Innovative Senior Solutions, we’re pleased to offer adult day health centers in a home-like atmosphere for older adults with cognitive difficulties. Our centers are Medicaid-approved and provide a full range of services and activities, including:

  • Nutritious meals and help with eating
  • Nursing and personal care
  • Fun and engaging activities every day
  • Field trips
  • Socialization and friendships
  • Transportation to and from the center
  • And so much more

We’d love to offer you a tour of one of our Georgia adult day health centers, to answer any questions you may have, and to share more about how our programs can benefit a senior you love who is challenged by dementia. Call us any time at 866-409-0582.

Nursing Homes vs. Personal Care Homes: Which Is Right for You?

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It’s important to know the differences between nursing homes and personal care homes.

As we grow older, there’s a common belief that life in a nursing home is inevitable. And while many seniors resign themselves to the prospect of living in a large facility, the truth is that there’s another lesser-known option to consider: a personal care home.

Personal care homes offer the best of both worlds: all the comforts of a cozy, homelike environment, combined with professional around-the-clock care and support. Nestled into residential neighborhoods just like any other home, personal care homes limit the number of residents, offering a higher staff-to-resident ratio, and ultimately, better care.

And because the number of residents is small, seniors enjoy the sense of community personal care homes offer, forming strong social bonds – something that’s more difficult to achieve in a facility environment such as a nursing home.

While all personal care homes differ in amenities, you can typically expect:

  • Private or semi-private rooms or suites
  • Assistance with personal care needs, such as bathing, getting dressed, using the toilet, etc.
  • Homestyle meals
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • 24-hour monitoring, supervision and support
  • Fun, engaging activities, both onsite and out in the community
  • And much more

Older adults and their loved ones who are seeking an alternative to moving to a nursing home and the ability to maintain independence, enhance safety, and form friendships in a family-like environment will find the perfect solution from Innovative Senior Solutions.

Our personal care homes, available throughout southwest Georgia, offer the best of both worlds for older adults who are living alone and experiencing isolation and loneliness, or who could benefit from having professional care assistance available as needed around the clock. Our senior residents even enjoy transportation to our adult day health centers for additional socialization and engagement, if they choose.

Innovative Senior Solutions’ founders are both registered nurses and lifelong residents of Georgia, with personal and professional experience in caring for older adults, and are pleased to have received numerous awards over the years for exceptional work and dedication to our community. Partnering with Innovative Senior Solutions for your aging care needs means the seniors you love will receive the high quality, trusted and dedicated care they deserve.

The mission of Innovative Senior Solutions is to improve the lives of seniors by ensuring each client has a perfect care experience. To achieve this, each of our team members is expertly trained to offer compassionate and comforting care, treating the senior you love just like family.

If you’d like to learn more about our company or our personal care homes, arrange for a tour, or simply request additional resources about care options for older adults, please contact us any time at 866-409-0582.

Thinking of Starting Your Own Personal Care Home? We Can Help!

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Owning a personal care home can be extremely rewarding.

If you have a passion for making a real and lasting difference with your life, there’s nothing quite as fulfilling as meeting the care needs of our older population, those who have dedicated their lives to caring for others, and who now need and deserve to age with dignity and respect.

As both our life expectancies and our aging population continue to increase, the need for safe, dependable aging care options is exploding. And while many seniors and their families are opposed to nursing home living, the fact remains that for safety and health reasons, around-the-clock care is often a necessity.

The solution? Personal care homes, which provide seniors with the opportunity to continue to live and thrive in a small, homelike setting that feels like family, while receiving full-time, individualized care and support, are often the preferred choice.

Starting a personal care home is a great way to help meet the needs of older adults in your community while gaining your own sense of personal fulfillment, as well as financial benefits. It involves:

  • Researching to determine the best location for your personal care home, according to census figures of older adults in different areas, competition, and what particular needs are greatest in those areas.
  • Developing a business plan to include financing and operational details.
  • Securing the location for your home, confirming zoning requirements, access to hospitals and medical facilities, etc.
  • Applying for licensure.
  • Hiring and training staff.
  • Marketing your personal care home when ready to open.

Although it may seem daunting to consider such an undertaking, Innovative Senior Solutions can make the process much easier! As an award-winning, Georgia-based senior care provider, we offer a variety of consulting services based on your particular needs to help you start and manage a successful personal care home. Packages include:

  • Turnkey solution with leased facility, providing you with a completely renovated, ready-for-inspection residential personal care home for up to 24 residents for you to lease, along with:
    • A policy/procedure manual
    • License application completion/submission
    • EIN number and LLC incorporation
    • Required owner/operator personnel file
    • And as many on-site visits as needed until your license application is approved
  • Turnkey solution for a facility you already own, including the policy/procedure manual, license application completion/submission, and an on-site visit to ensure everything at the facility meets licensure requirements.
  • Subcontracting, offering state-required biweekly assessments and documentation by an RN, and quarterly compliance visits to ensure your personal care home meets all regulations required for Medicaid.
  • State-required staff training and documentation for yourself and three additional staff members.
  • Consultation on brand-building and driving sales.

If the thought of starting a new personal home care business is intriguing, we’d love to talk with you to share more ways we can help make your dream a reality! Call us at 866-409-0582 to learn more.