1) How do you differ from an assisted living or skilled nursing facility?

Our Family Home is just that, a family home. We have loving and caring staff that treat the residents like their own family. We only hire genuine and caring individuals who have a passion for seniors. We also have a ratio of 1 to 2.5 so our caregivers can spend quality time with our residents and their families. We believe in self-rising and do not have “wake up” times or “bedtimes”. This is the resident’s home and they have the ability to do as they please like they would in their previous home.

2) What are the rooms like at Our Family Home?

The rooms at Our Family Home are all private to give each resident their own personal space. They are all furnished with a bed (with linens), dresser, and nightstand but families are able to bring any personal belongings they would like including their own furniture.

3) What safety features have been put in place?

While we pride ourselves in a homelike environment, we know safety is important. The doors of the home are equipped with a special locking mechanism to prevent elopement. Our staff to resident ratio makes us available to residents when needed. To prevent falls in resident rooms, we took a proactive approach installing motion alarms in all resident rooms. Also our home is ADA compliant.

4) What kind of Alzheimer’s/dementia specific training do OFH personal care providers have?

Our caregivers are trained by our Nurse Manager on a regular basis. Our nurse consults with certified dementia practitioners to be on the cutting edge of dementia care. Training also includes appropriate activities, best way to provide personal care, appropriate transfer techniques, and how to provide the best quality of life for seniors with Alzheimer’s/dementia. Also we provide in-service training from specific professionals in our field throughout the year.

5) Can you deal with difficult behaviors, like aggression, mood swings, wandering, or sundowners?

We understand there are times that residents may exhibit difficult behaviors. It is imperative that our nurse be in contact with the resident’s physician to determine if there is a medical reason for the specific behavior. While there are medications to help with these behaviors, Our Family Home is not one to go straight to using medication. Usually these behaviors can be managed with proper redirection and relaxation techniques. Our trained nurse and staff quickly find the triggers for this behavior, so we can better manage residents with these types of challenges.

6) How do you maintain constant weight management and hydration?

Our Family Home has a unique ability to provide proper hydration and nutrition. While we provide three meals and three snacks daily that have been approved by a dietician, we also have time throughout the day that are specific to providing hydration. Our caring staff will sit with each resident as long as it takes to provide this vital hydration and have the patience to work with residents to ensure 100% meal consumption.

7) Is there a nurse available at all times?

We have a licensed nurse on call 24/7. She can be reached directly by her cell phone. She comes to all the homes numerous times throughout the week to assess residents and provide valuable education to staff.

8) How do you have fewer falls, UTI’s, and less hospitalization than other communities?

While falls seem to occur with seniors frequently, Our Family Home prides itself on being below the average residents falls compared to other facilities. Over 87% of resident’s families notice fewer infections and hospital visits. We attribute this superior care to our 1 to 2.5 staff ratio. Our individual one on one care is what sets up apart from other communities.

9) What additional services are available to the residents?

We know that sometimes it is difficult to get out for additional services so we try to bring them to our residents. We have physical, occupational, and speech therapy, visiting physicians, visiting podiatrist, hospice services, mobile x-ray, and a visiting beautician. You are welcome to use your own physicians or services but if you need ours we are here to help.

10) What activity programs are available at a residential care home?

Activities at a residential care home are developed to meet the needs of each resident. Some activities are conducted in groups to provide opportunities for socialization while others are individual to meet the needs of each resident. Most activities occur at the home but we do offer outings to interesting places in the community.

11) What is Alzheimer’s? What is dementia?

Please find lots of excellent information at www.alz.org.