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Q&A

 

What is skilled care?

Skilled care is provided to individuals who need assistance from nursing or rehabilitation professionals to help them manage a range of daily care and services.

Skilled care is often recommended for short periods of time for patients of all ages after they’ve undergone hospitalization for either an elective or unplanned procedure. Some skilled care residents require longer stays, and Prestige communities accommodate a range of care and recovery needs to help individuals before they are ready to return to their daily routine at home.

Some examples of skilled care include physical therapy, rehabilitative care, speech therapy, occupational therapy and palliative care – they are all a part of Prestige’s complete continuum of care which matches residents with the right level of care as they age or recover.

 

What should I look for in a skilled nursing community?

Choosing the right skilled nursing community is an important and personal decision for you and your family. At Prestige, we recommend considering several factors that reflect the community’s clinical expertise, philosophy of care, general atmosphere and even location.

We provide a complete list of questions we strongly encourage you to ask yourself and potential caregivers as you consider the skilled nursing solution that’s right for you and your family. Download our free checklist here.

 

Is a skilled nursing community the same thing as a nursing home?

In short, yes. But a quick tour around a Prestige skilled nursing community will demonstrate the vibrant and interactive atmosphere of our communities that’s not characteristic of some nursing homes of yesteryear. While skilled nursing focuses on shorter stays and rehabilitative care, Prestige also offers assisted and independent living solutions for seniors looking for a range of long-term living assistance. Across the Prestige family of care communities, restaurant-style dining, private rooms and a caring staff make the Prestige experience feel more like a well-deserved retreat from life’s obligations.

 

What are some examples of the care services provided in a skilled nursing community?

Skilled nursing communities can specialize in a range of services – some are highly specialized in speech therapy or occupational therapy, for example, so care services are tailored according to each individual’s rehabilitative needs.

Many Prestige skilled nursing communities specialize in rehabilitation services for those recovering from joint-replacement surgery, cardiac surgery, or for those recovering from a stroke. At Prestige, residents play a key role in determining the pace and rigor of their rehabilitative care, always with the end goal of helping patients recovery fully and quickly. Many of our rehabilitative care residents will tell you that a little hard work goes a long way, and our care staff is committed to challenging residents to regain the strength and energy to help them achieve optimal recovery.

 

Are there fun activities, too?

You bet. Rehabilitative and skilled care isn’t all work and no play. Our teams of caregivers strive to personalize each resident’s care so that their time at Prestige is comfortable and fulfilling.

 

 

What is independent or assisted living?

Independent or assisted living at Prestige means maintaining a desired level of active living independence, without the hassles of household maintenance. Independent living allows active senior adults to enjoy a lifestyle of recreation, education and socialization with their peers, along with freedom from chores like doing the dishes and folding laundry. Who wouldn’t want that?

Prestige assisted and independent living communities offer a range of services designed for seniors to address a variety of needs as one ages. Residents and their families may tailor a plan that helps residents achieve the level of assistance that helps them live comfortably.

Assisted living is typically a long-term solution for seniors who still desire to perform some of their daily activities independently, but who may also need help with meal preparation, medications, bathing, dressing and other daily care services.

Many Prestige communities also offer Expressions, a memory care program that provides specialized care for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Regardless of the level of care that’s right for each resident, Prestige caregivers provide companionship, privacy, comfort and security from a deeply compassionate heart – it’s all a part of our care philosophy that was instilled by our founder, Sarah Delamarter in 1947.

 

How do you determine the level of care that’s right for each resident?

One of the best parts of our roles as caregivers is to help families find peace of mind that their loved one will be taken care of as if they are part of our family. To help us deliver on that promise, we meet with each family at the beginning of the planning process to collaboratively establish a care plan and care giving approach that fits each resident. Care plans are easily amended as needs change and it is always our pleasure to meet with families to assess how we can exceed their expectations.

 

What is a continuum of care?

At the simplest level, a continuum of care represents the range of care and services offered to residents as they age. From independent retirement living to skilled nursing rehabilitation to Alzheimer’s and dementia care, the Prestige care model is a comprehensive array of health services designed to meet the needs of residents wherever they are on the care continuum. A comprehensive continuum of care also means that as residents age, Prestige is able to adapt and meet needs for each resident as they change.

 

How is an average day spent at a Prestige Senior Living community?

No two days are alike at a Prestige community. Those seeking an active lifestyle may choose to join a Wii bowling league, morning yoga class or tend to the community garden, while others may opt to attend a weekly church service or invite their grandchildren to game night. There is no shortage of activities to meet every resident’s desired level of involvement.

 

Great, but how is the food?

Prestige communities attract some of the best chefs in the business. Restaurant-style dining allows residents to choose from an ever-changing menu of heart-healthy, adventurous dining options, along with home-cooked favorites that are great reminders of home and history. We hope you’re hungry for seconds because once you try a Prestige meal, we guarantee you’ll be coming back for more.

 

How often can family members visit?

There is no limit to how often friends and family can visit their loved one. We encourage families to call and stop by often, and even participate in many of the activities that are led by Prestige community members – that is, if they can keep up with our residents!

 

Is my pet allowed?

Your furry friend is welcome at many Prestige communities. To make certain the community near you is pet-friendly, you should ask one of our representatives on your next visit to a Prestige community. Or, you can give us a call to find out, we’d love to hear from you.

 

How much does it cost to live at Prestige?

Of course, cost is one of the most important factors that families consider when choosing a senior living community, and we work with families to find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Most independent and assisted living solutions are based on a monthly rent payment schedule, which does vary by community and the level of care your loved one desires.

Many seniors are also eligible for help from Medicare, Medicaid and other health plans, which means that often times our award-winning care comes at a significantly reduced cost. A Prestige team member has all the answers to your financial planning questions and will be happy to guide you through payment plans and options.

 

What is Medicare and what does it cover?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for seniors 65 or older and some younger people with disabilities. For those who are eligible, Medicare can cover many of the skilled nursing and assisted living care services offered at Prestige, in addition to other medical expenses like doctor appointments, prescription medication and hospital stays. The U.S. government provides many online resources to help you navigate Medicare’s benefits and requirements. Better yet, contact a Prestige team member who will walk you through program step-by-step and help you determine your eligibility.

 

How about Medicaid – what is that?

Medicaid pays the medical bills for people who couldn’t afford to otherwise. Low-income seniors who require nursing-home care and disabled people are often covered by federal assistance provided by Medicare. The criteria for eligibility vary from state to state, and sometimes patients and residents are responsible for a small part of the cost (a co-pay). The program is managed at the federal level but each state decides who is eligible. Learn more about Medicaid at the U.S. government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid (www.cms.gov).

 

How do I learn more about Prestige?

Our website, www.PrestigeCare.com, is a great resource for those who’d like to find out more about Prestige and the values that set us apart. You’re more than welcome to call any of our communities directly. Or, give us a shout at our central offices in Vancouver, Washington and we’ll point you in the right direction. The number is (360) 735-7155. We’d be glad to answer any questions you might have.

 

Where are Prestige communities located?

With more than 50 communities across the Western Region of the U.S., chances are there’s a Prestige community near you. Feel free to contact any of them directly, or send us a note and we’ll get right back to you to help you schedule your visit.

Once you have a chance to take a look around, we also recommend you schedule a Prestige Retreat Stay – a short visit that combines temporary residency with full access to all of our community services and amenities, which lets you test drive a Prestige community to see if it’s the right fit for you. And the best part is…it’s on us!

 

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia and the 6th leading cause of death for people in the United States.

Dr. Alois Alzheimer first identified the disease in 1906. He described the two hallmarks of the disease: "plaques," which are numerous tiny, dense deposits scattered throughout the brain that become toxic to brain cells at excessive levels, and "tangles," which interfere with vital processes, eventually choking off the living cells. When brain cells degenerate and die, the brain markedly shrinks in some regions.

Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to stop the disease, but current research is improving the way we provide care and pushing us closer to reaching a cure.

 

How does Alzheimer's disease progress?

Alzheimer's disease typically follows certain stages that cause changes in the person's and family's lives. Because the disease affects each individual differently, the symptoms, the order in which they appear and the duration of each stage vary from person to person. In most cases, the disease progresses slowly, and the symptoms of each stage may overlap, often making the move from one stage to another quite subtle. The duration of the disease is usually seven to ten years but may be much longer for some people.

 

Is Alzheimer's disease the same as dementia? 

Dementia is a broad term used to describe symptoms that result when the brain is damaged by disease, injury, or illness. These symptoms can include a decline and loss of memory, concentration, judgment and the ability to communicate, learn and problem solve.

 

What are related dementias?

  • Related dementias include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia (including Pick's disease), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Lewy body dementia.

  • Each of the related dementias has unique aspects but all share common symptoms: gradual and ongoing decline of short term and long term memory, changes in language abilities, mood and behavior, judgment and reasoning, all of which make it impossible over time to perform simple tasks.

  • Dementia eventually affects all aspects of a person's life, including how the person thinks, feels, acts and reacts to his or her environment.

  • Currently, there is no known cure for these diseases but studies show that lifestyle changes can help slow the progression of the disease.

  • Researchers are confident that within seven to ten years there will be treatments that target the disease process itself, not just the symptoms.

  • Dementia is commonly diagnosed in people 65 and older, but mounting evidence suggests it can begin to develop well before signs appear, even as early as age 40.

 

Can depression bring on symptoms like those in Alzheimer's disease?

Depression can have symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease and can occur simultaneously with Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to see a doctor if these symptoms are present. Depression can often be treated successfully.

 

Can the family doctor diagnose Alzheimer's disease?

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease requires a comprehensive assessment. Family doctors are often able to do this assessment during a series of office visits, or he or she may refer the patient to a memory clinic or specialist, such as a geriatrician or neurologist. You can contact your local Alzheimer Society to find professionals in your community.

Where do I turn for support?

Prestige Senior Living hosts an Education and Empowerment lecture series throughout the year that brings experts to our assisted living communities for Alzheimer’s educational seminars. We also offer support groups at various Prestige Senior Living locations that provide families an opportunity to come together and share their individual experiences with the disease.

There are many other organizations dedicated to providing education, resources and support for families and persons living with a dementia-related illness, including the National Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

 

What is the best treatment for Alzheimer’s disease dementia?

While there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia disorders, people living with dementia can still lead a comfortable and purposeful life. The best way to help your loved one transition through this process is to be aware of the changes they are going through, and make adjustments to your care approach so that you can meet their needs at every stage.

Prestige Care has developed an innovative memory care program called Expressions. Our program is designed to help memory-challenged residents stay active and engaged. We feel that the best way to promote a quality life for individuals with memory-loss is to know their unique experiences and structure their treatment plan around it. Our compassionate and friendly staff make it a priority to learn every resident’s life story as well as 100 unique things about them. This enables us to personalize and tailor the services we provide. We build relationships with our residents based on trust, empathy, support and humor, always focusing on them and not their disease.

We are constantly improving our practices to adapt to new Alzheimer’s research and innovations in care. We align ourselves with experts in the field of Alzheimer’s, such as internationally recognized author and speaker, David Troxel, to continually provide ongoing training and education for our devoted staff and families.

To learn more about our Expressions Memory Care Program, visit one of our Prestige Senior Living locations today.

The information in this site is not presented as a substitute for informed medical advice. Please see your doctor or other qualified health-care provider for more information about your personal situation.


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