Prepare to Care: Moving to An Assisted Living Community

When the time comes to transition an elderly loved one into assisted living, respecting his or her wishes is paramount to the success of their care plan.

Some seniors resist the idea of assisted living; they worry about losing their independence, or of becoming lonely. Bill Wexler, executive director of Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, a member of UC Health, understands the concerns that come along with moving to an assisted living community, and he reassures families that the decision is overwhelmingly positive for everyone involved.

Bridgeway Pointe director Bill Wexler talks with resident Maureen in one of the community’s apartments.

“Most prospective residents are living in their own home, thinking that everything is wonderful, that they’re as independent as can be, not realizing that they’re in fact heavily dependent upon their family and neighbors,” says Wexler.

He explains that about 98 percent of residents at Bridgeway Pointe have expressed they wish they’d moved to the assisted living community years ago.

The licensed, professional staff at senior care communities can assist with residents’ activities of daily living (ADLs), which are basic self-care tasks such as hygiene, eating, administering medications, getting dressed and walking. Staff members are able to step in and offer minimal but vital assistance in a resident’s hour of need, eliminating the anxiety of a crisis occurring.

“We all work towards person-centered care. Everything is customizable: their schedule, activities, the apartment furnishings. We want every aspect to be as comfortable and home-like as possible,” says Wexler.

At Bridgeway Pointe, three types of assisted living accommodations are available, depending on residents’ needs. Short-term respite and transitional/rehabilitative care is also offered.

To learn more about long-term care at UC Health, please visit UCHealth.com/BridgewayPointe or call (513) 418-4370.

What Type of Community Is Right for You?

Independent Living

Independent living, or retirement, communities cater to seniors who are very self-reliant with few medical problems. Residents typically live in private apartments. Often, fine dining services are offered and numerous social outings and events are available for entertainment.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living communities are for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Staff is available 24 hours per day for safety and to provide assistance with medications, ADLs, meals and housekeeping. Social activities and transportation are available in most communities.

Nursing Home

Nursing homes, or long-term care facilities, provide around-the-clock skilled nursing care for the elderly who have complex medical conditions, require a high level of medical care and routine skilled nursing services. Many nursing homes provide short-term rehabilitative stays for those recovering from an injury, illness or surgery.

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