Pine Lodge offers compassionate care with support for activities of daily living (ADLs) in an intimate community setting. We provide attentive, individualized care that enables residents to thrive in body, mind, and spirit. For every new resident, we complete a thorough health assessment, which provides the starting point for an individual care plan.
In every assisted living community, care is delivered by a full-time licensed nurse and a team of Resident Care Partners. Our communities are staffed around-the-clock, 24 hours a day to provide clinical oversight and coordination of care.
When Is It Time for Assisted Living?
Have you ever wondered, “When is it time for assisted living?” The Team at Pine Lodge can help you determine what options you and your loved one have and when you should start looking. A loved one’s increasing physical limitations are a common sign that it may be time to look closely at helping him or her move into an assisted living community. Limitations may include mobility problems, which can lead to falling, as well as the inability to attend to personal grooming, dressing, and daily hygiene. More serious health risks can also prompt a move into assisted living. If a loved has recently suffered a heart attack or stroke, they will likely benefit from the care (including assistance with medication) provided in an assisted living community.
Often there are signs that living at home is no longer the best option. Many seniors are initially unsure about moving to an assisted living community. Sometimes it is because they do not know what to expect, and other times it is because they can still manage at home with support from family and friends. This can make it difficult to decide when staying home is no longer the best option for your parent.
When Assisted Living is not Enough
Sometimes, a loved one needs more care than assisted living can provide. In this case, we would recommend a skilled nursing facility.
Nursing homes are for people who require significant medical care, such as a specialized line for IV medications, a ventilator, respiratory therapy, or have a stage 3–4 pressure ulcer (bed sore). Essentially, any senior who needs medical treatment that requires the care of a registered nurse around the clock or daily therapy services will need a skilled-care setting.
A stay in a skilled nursing facility is akin to a hospital stay. It is often temporary, with the goal being rehabilitating a patient and then moving him or her to assisted living or back home. A nursing home may be a permanent placement for a person with significant physical or medical needs.