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An Assisted Living and Nursing Home Alternative?

Posted Oct 28 2008 9:48pm

Of all the senior clients and families I have worked with, I have never met a senior that said "Someday, I really want to live in a nursing home." 

Some seniors just need additional help with daily acitivities so an assisted living community will fit their needs just fine. Hopefully the senior and their family moved into the assisted living community with a very good understanding of what changes in their health would necessitate the need for a move.

Common reasons that require a senior to move from assisted living to a more skilled level of care include; insulin dependence, increased need for memory care, needed 2 people to transfer into/out of a wheelchair, and some times incontinence care.

There is a type of care that is slowly becoming more prevelant in Minnesota-- Residential Care Homes.  The licensure is for no more than 5 residents in the home. Most of these are currently housed in remodeled residential-type homes.  They all offer different services, some take memory care, 2 people transfers and have nurses on staff and can even take someone with insulin dependence.  But they are all different so it becomes even more important for the consumer to ask good questions.

Afton Care Senior Homes is a new kind of alternative. For those that have saved for their retirement, want to increase the chances they only have to move one time, and find a smaller environment appealing, Afton Care might just be the place for you. 

Afton_2    Take a look at the picture to the left labeled "south." Located in Hastings, this building is meant for 5 residents.  The size of the common space is what you normally see for 20 residents.

The house is beautiful.  Being a REALTOR I think I'm qualified to speak to this, they didn't skimp on a thing. The quality and the attention to details in this home make if feel like a luxury bed and breakfast, not a healthcare facility. For more information contact Mary Hendricks, Placement Resource Specialist 651-249-8518.

I suspect we'll see more and more of these kinds of alternatives to the larger communities being built. The baby boomers will demand it.

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