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A 2013 Review of How Levels of Care & Aging in Place both occur at Homestead Village

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The lovely Fickes House Dining Room,
Kitchen and Living Room

Two years ago, the following article was written to explain and herald the unique aging in place services Homestead Village has to offer. With the passing of time, it seemed appropriate and important to restate again the unique and outstanding benefits of life at Homestead. 

 At Homestead Village, we offer you the best of both worlds! The traditional Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) was designed to move residents (customers) through the levels of care based on the communities' pre-established care guidelines. This model is very efficient; but puts the retirement community in the position of dictating to its customers when and where they have to live. That is not desirable to most residents.
Homestead Village continues to offer all of the traditional CCRC levels of care plus we have added additional services such as Homecare and Memory Support Personal Care to further improve our mission to enhance the independence and dignity of each person served. Our vision is to create an aging in place, home-like environment for our residents, filled with companionship and great care.

Homestead Village is a traditional CCRC
Independent or Residential Living:
Offering the widest variety of housing options from cozy, very competitively priced studio apartments up to 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage villas, Homestead Village has your perfect home in one of its 165 cottages and villas and 112 apartments.

Personal Care (formerly referred to as Assisted Living):
In Pennsylvania, the name Assisted Living was chosen by the Department of Welfare for a new level of care that costs significantly more money to license and as of this date offers no compelling reason to pursue licensure. Only a handful of retirement communities in Pennsylvania currently offer this new assisted living service. Basically Assisted Living refers to a licensed level of care that permits residents with more care needs to remain at that level rather than move to skilled nursing. Homestead Village continues to offer Personal Care Licensed Services in our apartments. It is called Supportive Services at Homestead Village. Homestead's unique personal care service allows you to live in any of our apartments and receive personal care services at a very reasonable price - much lower in studio and one bedroom apartments and very competitively priced even in our largest two bedroom special end apartments!

With Supportive Services, our residents have both independent living and personal care levels of care AND aging in place in one - at a very cost effective price. This is truly an example of enhanced senior living!

Personal Care Memory Support - Gelhard House at Westvue:
One of our four new households under development is Gelhard House at Westvue, a dedicated, secure memory support personal care home for residents with Alzheimer's and other memory loss ailments who can no longer live safely or comfortably at home. Gelhard House features private bedrooms for fourteen residents; some of the rooms include sitting areas and all feature full baths.

DEFINITION - At Homestead Village, a Household is defined as a group living arrangement centered around the comforts of home, including a living room, dining room and kitchen. A Household can be at any level of care and we currently feature both skilled nursing and personal care memory support households at Homestead Village.

Skilled Nursing Care - Fickes House and Radcliffe House:
The old, institutional style of skilled nursing is on its way out at Homestead Village, replaced by the household environments and our person centered care approach. The skilled nursing households still feature RNs, LPNs and Certified Nursing Assistants as well as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists, working together to enhance each resident's independence and dignity in a beautiful, homelike atmosphere. The number of available private rooms have skyrocketed from four up to twenty! Once again our skilled nursing households feature the best of both worlds and are just one more reason why at Homestead Village, your receive enhanced senior living.

Homestead Village Home Care:
Our newest service also contributes to the vision of aging in place through the provision of companions, certified nursing assistants and LPNs in your cottage, Villa Court villa or Mews villa, helping you stay in your own home. Available in as little as fifteen minute increments, our home care service provides you with enhanced options, enhanced care and, of course, enhanced senior living!