Assisted living provides each person with just the right amount of care to allow him or her to maintain their independence. Assisted living provides a personalized alternative for seniors who need more assistance in their lives, but do not require the full-time attention associated with costly nursing or home care.
Assisted living is not a nursing home. Assisted living does not staff nurses around the clock, although we have a licensed nurse on staff. At the same time, because assisted living is a residential model of care, residents have more choice and control over their living arrangements and activities than in the more institutional nursing home setting. Consulting with your doctor can help you know which level of care is right for you.
How long can the resident live in your community before having to go to a nursing home? We do not provide skilled nursing care, but Physical Therapy, Home Health, and Hospice can come to the community just as they would if the resident were in their own home. Our goal is to keep our residents forever. However, there are times when that isn't possible. For instance, if a resident has surgery, they may need skilled care for a short time before they move back into one of our communities.
Even though it is not required by assisted living regulations to have a nurse on staff, we have chosen to do so. We feel it is in the best interest of our residents to have a nurse dedicated to assisting our residents to maintain the highest level of health and function available to them. Therefore, we employ a licensed nurse that travels to each facility weekly or as needed. In addition, we staff trained supervisors and personal care assistants 24-hours a day.
Yes. Most higher quality assisted living facilities seek to allow residents to remain in the independent assisted living setting as long as possible. Unless you have unusual problems, which should be discussed with the facilities administrator, we accept and encourage people who need assistance with ambulation to live with us at our communities.
Unfortunately not. It is important to be aware that no assisted living facility or nursing home can prevent resident falls, which are regrettably part of the normal aging process and therefore a natural risk of living. While we staff caregivers 24 hours a day, we cannot and do not provide one-on-one assistance or oversight 24 hours a day. Nor do we allow bed rails, which are considered to be a restraint. This means that there are times, whether in a resident’s room, bathroom or even in the common areas, when a resident will experience falls.
When you live at a Wesley House, it is no different than living at home—you and your guests are free to come and go as you please. The only exception relates to those residents with memory impairments who live in our Wesley Oaks facilities; their access is limited for their own protection.
Residents may continue to see their own physicians just as they did before moving into our communities. We arrange for or provide transportation to and from their local doctor with family companion service as needed.
Our communities offer month-to-month leases and accommodate short-term respite stays. There are no hidden costs or large up front fees to pay.
Absolutely. This is your home and you should have all the comforts and furnishings to which you are accustomed. Our residents enjoy decorating their own rooms and entrances to add their own unique personality to their homes.