Types of Care
Making a decision on the type of care needed for your loved one can be challenging. There are many types of care available and it can seem overwhelming at times. Please look over the general descriptions of the different types of care listed here and feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have. We’d be happy to share the information we have available to help you make an informed choice for your loved one.
In Home Assistance
In home assistance is generally defined as non-medical support services delivered at the home of the individual. The aim of home care is to allow individuals to remain at home longer rather than enter an assisted living community, nursing home or other type of senior care. Home care may be appropriate if an individual prefers to stay at home but needs minor assistance with activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include bathing, dressing, and meal preparation but may also extend to assistance with transportation, paying bills, making appointments, as well as being there to provide companionship and emotional support. Home care services are generally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be paid for directly by the client or through a variety of public and private funding sources such as Medicare and/or Medicaid.
Respite care provides a temporary short term break from the emotional and physical stresses of caring for a loved one with Azlheimer’s disease in the home.
What are the Benefits of Respite? -Respite provides social opportunities for the participant, gives a caregiver time for themselves, and helps prevent caregiver burnout.
Among Friends Day Respite
The Among Friends Respite Program provides a caring, supportive, and safe environment for all participants. Included are mind stimulating activities, art therapy, exercise, music therapy, a nutritious lunch and snack. Activities are socially engaging, positive, and lighthearted. The program not only greatly benefits the caregiver, but the participant as well.
Location: Center 50+ at 2615 Portland Road NE
Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $40.00 per day for five hours of respite, including lunch and snack.
Please contact Evelyn Ostermann for more information – 503-588-6303
Long Term Care Resources
Long Term Care Options (LTC) in Oregon. These are licensed by the state of Oregon.
ALF’s generally offer studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with accessible bathrooms and kitchenettes. RCF’s are generally designed with shared bedrooms., although some have private rooms. Kitchenettes are typically not available. Standard services for both ALF and RCF include 3 meals daily, housekeeping, laundry, activities and wellness care. Unlicensed staff is onsite 24 hours a day. The amount of time licensed nurses are on site varies with each provider. Personal care services include bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence care, medication administration, etc. Some ALFs and RCFs provide services for private pay individuals only and some serve both Medicaid and private pay.
SNF is designed to be a short-term stay. This is usually following a qualifying hospital stay for convalescence or rehabilitation. It includes 24-hour licensed nursing care and various therapies, e.g., physical, occupational, speech and respiratory.
Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) are the traditional long-term care nursing homes. wherein 24-hour licensed nursing, including RNs and LPNs and CNAs provide care. Support services are offered along with a varied activity program.
Information about long term care options can be accessed through advocacy organizations, e.g., State Long Term Care Ombudsman, hospital discharge planners, Medicaid workers, NH, ALF, RCF social workers, support organizations, e.g., The Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon, private placement agencies or on-line resources.
A check list to look for when visiting should include the following:
- Is the outside appearance inviting? Neat? Clean?
- Are you greeted upon your arrival?
- Is the facility license posted where it is easily seen?
- Is a copy of the most recent state inspection (if licensed) available to review?
- Are the common areas clean, inviting, and odor-free?
- What security measures are in place?
- How are personal care services determined? How is it figured into the total cost?
- How is medical care provided? Can a resident use their own doctor or do all residents use the same one?
- Do the residents appear well cared for? Dressed appropriately?
- Do residents appear happy or content?
- What types of personal items or furniture are allowed or required?
- Does staff interact positively with the residents? Call them by name?
- Are there activities planned or in progress?
- If you visit during a meal, does the food appear appetizing? Are there choices?
- During your visit and tour of ALFs and RCFs are you offered a Uniform Disclosure Statement which describes in detail all services and costs? Pricing guidelines? Service information?
- Is Medicaid accepted as payment? If so, are there any restrictions or limitations?
- Are you left with unanswered questions?
Transitioning from home to a residential care setting, such as an assisted living facility or nursing home, can be challenging for both caregivers and care recipients.
Here’s how to make the move easier: