Assisted living has evolved over the years to become an integral part of the continuum of care for aging adults rather than just an “old folks home” with a boarding house atmosphere and Shuffleboard Sundays. One of the most frequent questions we are asked is, “what exactly is it you do?” It is important to understand what assisted living can and cannot provide for you or a loved one so you can make the best decisions when the need arises.
In short, assisted living is a residential community with care services performed by highly skilled, trained personnel. A skilled nursing facility is a medical facility with medical procedures performed by an in-house staff of medical professionals including a doctor.
Even within a standard definition, not all assisted living facilities are alike. At Woodland Ridge, we are “Partners in Care.” We boost of much higher than average caregiver-to-resident ratio. We build a team of specialists around each resident and design a Care Plan with our proprietary CaraSyst™ program to specifically meet their individual and unique needs:
The Community: Woodland Ridge is a not-for-profit community of similarly aged individuals having a variety of age-related or age-complicated ailments that prohibit them from living safely and successfully on their own. The comfort of having others around for social interaction, safety, and security can go a long way in helping the elderly find peace and purpose in every day living.
The Staff: Our highly experienced 24-hour staff consists of award-winning Administrators, Certified Nursing Assistants, Specialists, Nurses, a Gerontologist, a Resident Care Coordinator, and Med Techs who have experience and ongoing training in providing the most supportive environment and services where our residents can thrive. These professionals also include our dietary staff, housekeeping services, a full-time maintenance department, a Medical Director (M.D.), and an Activities Director who holds both a degree and certification in this specialty. We also can’t forget our volunteers who provide a broad range of activities and opportunities for meaningful connections for our residents.
Support Services: We work with our residents and their families to coordinate services with outside support companies we know and trust. Typically utilized services are Home Health nurses visiting on a regular basis, Home Care attendants, doctors who come into our community to see their patients, physical therapists who come in-house to help Woodland Ridge residents, Hospice agencies who provide support and care, psychiatric services on our campus (M.D., PhD., and R.N. specialists), Lab Services who come to our residents to draw fluids for doctor-ordered tests or may even take x-rays, as well as pharmacy services provided by outside vendors, and more.
Specialty Environment: Each resident has their own private (or shared, if desired) space with none of the worries of home-upkeep. Our community is all on one level and is small enough to be intimate but large enough to have ample amenities. As part of the basic admission package, personal care is included and higher levels of service are available. We have a special secured Alzheimer’s and Dementia wing integrated with our esteemed Friends for Life® program. We can help with any and all personal activities of daily living from bathing, toileting, and personal hygiene, to ambulation, medication management, and reminders.
As your “Partners in Care”, we pride ourselves in helping families. Our residents are our focus but entire families count on us to help our residents achieve the highest possible quality of life available to them. As your “Partner in Care”, we help you find peace of mind. Call Woodland Ridge today and let us discuss how to build a unique program to meet all of your care needs.