We know finding a senior living community that meets all of your needs or the needs of someone you care for can be overwhelming, sometimes even a little bit complicated. Our goal is to assist you and your family during your search, no matter what stage of the process you are in.
Getting started can be the most challenging part of the search for senior living but you’re not alone—we’re here to help. We’ve compiled information that will guide you in making a thoughtful, well-informed decision about your next steps.
Our team of experts can answer any questions that you might have. Let us help you make the best decision for you or a family member.
With choice, comes questions. How do you know what type of senior living is best? Skilled nursing care? Assisted or independent living? Memory care? To help you determine which is right, here’s an overview of the different types of senior care available at North Ridge Health and Rehab and at The Residence at North Ridge.
Whether you’ve just spent a few days in the hospital and are not strong enough to return home safely, or additional medical resources are needed, Skilled Nursing and Transitional care options can help. Our North Ridge Health and Rehab campus offers both short-stay and long-term services and solutions.
Our Memory Care program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have cognitive challenges resulting from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or accident. The program utilizes a person-centered approach that helps create feelings of belonging and purpose for each resident. We believe maintaining identity and a strong sense of self comes from living a life filled with meaning and purpose. Residents in our Memory Care program enjoy a secure environment where they can safely engage in activities such as gardening and kitchen work along with other tasks that provide the opportunity to use everyday skills.
The Assisted Living option at our community provides a supportive environment where you can live the lifestyle you desire. For those tasks you may need a little help with, daily assistance is available . Whether it’s taking medication, showering, or doing laundry, our wide range of services and care packages can positively impact quality of life, health, and safety.
We’re pleased to offer Independent Living at our community, where you’ll find options to help you make the most of your retirement years. As an independent living resident, you will enjoy the convenience of restaurant-style dining and the added options of housekeeping, laundry, transportation services and much more.
How do you know when it’s time to start having the conversation about senior living? Here are some indications that senior living would be a good fit.
Watch for Signs of Change
If you’ve noticed a change in habits, including a loss of interest in usual activities, excessive sleeping, weight loss or maybe the fridge is not as well-stocked as it typically used to be, these are just some signs that a senior care environment could support a healthier and safer lifestyle.
Here is a list of other signs:
• Forgetfulness: normal hygiene, doctor appointments, medication
• Drinking alcohol or taking sleeping or pain pills more frequently
• A loss of interest in visiting friends
• Making rash decisions that are out of the ordinary
• Buying duplicate items or displaying obsessive behavior
• Unable to keep up with housekeeping
Erratic driving, more frequent fender benders, or a major accident could be indicators of medication-induced dizziness or confusion or could be signs of bigger issues such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke. If you notice any of these things, a physical can help determine if vision loss or loss of hearing is the cause.
Not taking medication when prescribed to do so, taking it at the wrong time of day, forgetting to take medication all together, or confusion over dosage are signs that help may be needed. Medications should be reviewed frequently and discussed with a doctor to double check the prescribed dosage. Sometimes sitting down at the beginning of each week to set up a pillbox with a box for each day of the week can be helpful. If difficulties with medications still persist, Senior Living can help.
Are utility bills, the gas bill, or cable/telephone bills not getting paid? With cognitive problems, it can become hard to keep track of normal financial responsibilities. Look for evidence of unpaid bills or late notices—especially if the funds are available to cover these expenses.
Stairs may begin to pose a problem, especially if there isn’t a banister on both sides of the stairs. Furniture can become obstacles, causing trips or falls.
Bruising can indicate frequent falls and can signal the need for a safer environment such as Senior Living. Some safety precautions that can be immediately implemented include reducing furniture clutter, adding non-slip pads to wood stairs, or placing non-skid carpeting on floors. These interventions can help reduce the chance of a slip and fall.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those we serve—we’re here to help.
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One of the biggest considerations when looking at senior living is cost—how much is this going to cost, can we afford it, and what will Medicare cover? You or someone you care for deserves the best possible care as well as a welcoming, warm environment that really does feel like home away from home. Fortunately, at our community, we make it as easy as possible to help you find senior care you can afford.
Here are answers to questions we are frequently asked about insurance coverage, Medicare, and other payment-related issues.
There are many insurance coverage and payment options for skilled nursing communities. Our community participates in Medicaid, Medicare Part A & B, private insurance, hospice, respite care, and participating HMO plans.
The amount your insurance company will contribute toward skilled nursing care depends on your individual policy coverage guidelines. A member of our admissions team can help you answer this question based on the specifics of your particular situation.
A member of our admissions team will be happy to help you determine which skilled nursing benefits you may qualify for. Medicare benefits are available to millions of Americans, including those over age 65 and some people under 65 who are classified as disabled.
Medicare Part A covers a skilled nursing stay up to 100 days following a 3-day inpatient hospital admission. Days 1 to 20 are covered at 100%. A co-pay applies to days 21 to 100. Visit Medicare’s website for more information.
Medicaid is an option for eligible low-income patients in need of long-term nursing care. Eligibility requirements vary from case to case, and we can help you determine if you qualify.
Many insurance companies and employers now offer long-term care insurance.
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The Mission Experience—enhancing the quality of life for those we serve. It’s what has earned many of our communities the American Health Care Association’s Bronze and Silver Quality Awards. Achievements like these are what sets us apart. It’s no wonder that we are one of the top physician-recommended skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and senior living campuses in the area.
From American Health Care Association (AHCA) quality awards to Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) accreditation, our community strives to achieve, and exceed, industry standards for excellence and quality care.
We’re always looking for talented and passionate individuals who enjoy working together as a team to make a difference in the lives of others each and every day.
We appreciate your feedback and any comments you’d like to share that can help us in our mission to do the best job possible in enhancing the lives of those we serve.