Raya’s Paradise in conjunction with Care HomeCare is grateful to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Associations “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” this year. We are proud to be a Sponsor of this event in the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future of millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. You can come join us in support of your family, friends and coworkers. The following is information on how to sign up and when and where the walk will take place. The 2012 Alzheimer’s Walk will take place on Sunday November 4th, 2012 at Century Park located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, Ca. Registration & Check-In will begin at 7:00 a.m.; Opening Ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m., the Walk Kicks Off ! For more information Contact: Kim Sims 213.300.5280 or Julie Hansen at 310.487.7112. All of our Raya’s Paradise and Care HomeCare participants will receive our Logo T-Shirt, Logo Cap and Water Bottle. Please join us for a fun and memorable day!!
Your selection of an assisted living facility should involve both tours of the places you are considering and extensive conversations with those running the facility. Comparing different facilities to one another can seem overwhelming. Use the checklist of questions below to help you notice important details that can reveal the true quality of a facility and aid you in the selection process. Note that if you are evaluating assisted living facilities on behalf of a loved one, you should try to involve them in the process and get as much of a sense of their desires as possible. He or she is the one who will actually be living in the facility, and his or her comfort, happiness, and satisfaction is the most important outcome. In General
  • What is your gut feeling about the assisted living facility both at the beginning and end of your visit?
  • Do the current residents seem happy and satisfied?
  • If you are able to talk with residents or their families about their experience, what do they say?
  • What do you learn when you research reviews and other information about the facility online?
  • Is the facility clean and free of odors?
  • Is the temperature appropriate?
  • Does the environment feel attractive and comfortable?
  • How many units are in the facility?
  • Does the assisted living facility offer private or shared rooms, or a mix?
  • What common areas are available?
  • Will any features of the community pose a problem for your condition?
  • Are the rooms large enough to meet your needs comfortably?
  • What are residents allowed to bring with them when they move in?
  • What are residents allowed or not allowed to do within their own rooms?
Nature and Quality of Care and Services
  • Does each resident have a written care plan? How often is it reviewed and revised?
  • Who is involved when assessing the resident’s needs? How much say does the resident have?
  • How does the assisted living facility adapt as the resident’s needs change?
  • What services does the facility offer and how often are they provided?
  • Is staff available to assist the residents 24 hour per day?
  • Are special care units available, for example for dementia patients?
  • How often are meals served, what times, and where?
  • How much variety is there in the menu?
  • Does the kitchen accommodate special needs and requests?
  • Is the facility well lit and does it have clear signage?
  • Are there call buttons in the rooms?
  • Are there safety locks on the windows and doors?
  • Are there handrails in the bathrooms and elsewhere in the facility?
  • Is the carpet firm to assist with walking, and are there non-slip materials on the floor?
  • Is there an emergency generator or another plan in place for power outages?
  • What do the assisted living facility’s fire safety and security systems consist of?
  • What is the plan if a resident wanders off?
  • What is the plan for a resident’s medical emergency?
  • What is the hiring process for new employees? Is there a background check?
  • What are the policies about elder abuse and neglect?
  • Would you or your loved one get along with the assisted living facility’s current residents?
  • How does the staff treat you?
  • How does the staff interact with the current residents? Do they seem to have a good relationship with them and know their names?
  • How do staff members treat each other?
  • Are residents chatting with one another during meals?
  • What organized activities are on the schedule? What activities do you notice taking place? Are they well-attended?
  • Are residents encouraged to attend activities?
  • How much interaction do residents have with the outside community?
Fees and Policies
  • Are you allowed to examine a contract? Does it clearly lay out all services, fees, and policies?
  • How much is the entrance fee and security deposit? Is the deposit refundable?
  • What is the monthly fee?
  • Is long-term care insurance accepted?
  • How does the assisted living facility bill for services?
  • What is the policy on late payments?
  • How are rate increases handled?
  • What if the resident runs out of money?
  • What are the rules for when residents must leave the facility? What are the most common reasons why residents leave?
  • How are refunds and transfers handled?
When beginning the process of choosing a senior living arrangement for yourself or a loved one, the many different types of senior care facilities can be overwhelming. What exactly do all these different terms mean? Which one is best for your situation? Below is an explanation of the difference among several types of senior care. Independent Living This arrangement is made up of individual homes or apartments for seniors who are basically self-sufficient, especially when it comes to their personal care. Seniors who are a fit for independent living can dress and bathe themselves and are still enjoying an active lifestyle. Residents have the option of cooking on their own and keeping their own car, though often meals and transportation to places like shopping centers, local parks, or the movies is provided. The key benefits of this type of senior care are extra security and emergency alert systems to bring help quickly (giving seniors and their families peace of mind), no need to worry about home maintenance tasks like mowing the lawn or cleaning the gutters, and a community with plentiful activities so that seniors need not fear being isolated or lonely. Independent living campuses often feature some kind of clubhouse, social center, and/or community dining. Some may even have pools or spas. The environment is designed to be friendlier to seniors than regular housing: for example, doors are wider, floors have non-slip surfaces, and stairs are kept to a minimum. One downfall to this arrangement is that seniors may be paying for more than they need. It’s more cost effective for them to live in a regular residence if they don’t want the extras that independent living communities provide and they already have an active social life and healthy network of support. Assisted Living These facilities allow seniors to maintain some independence and privacy while still getting help with daily needs. Seniors who need assistance with getting dressed, bathing, or remembering to take their medications are a good fit for this option. These facilities are designed for help to be very easily accessible at any hour of the day or night. In the past, seniors who needed this level of care could only choose between relying on family or a hired caregiver for intensive help or moving into a nursing home. Today assisted living has stepped in to fill the gap for seniors who have trouble with daily activities but do not need constant medical supervision. Assisted living is often cheaper than receiving the same level of care at home. The facilities can range from apartments or rooms to specially converted homes. The environment is inviting and comfortable with couches and well-decorated rooms, and sometimes features like gardens or fireplaces. Some if not all of the meals are prepared for the residents with attention to their dietary needs and preferences, and are served in the facility’s dining room. The staff will also provide social activities and foster a community. The relationships seniors can develop here among others who are their own age is one of the biggest benefits of this type of senior care. They are freed from daily worries and difficult tasks and can now simply enjoy their time. The facility will transport residents to medical appointments off-site and employ nurses to make sure the residents are getting the care they need. However, they usually do not have medical staff on duty at all hours nor are they supervised by a physician. Seniors who need a higher level of care would be better served by a nursing home. Excellent assisted living facilities know that independence and freedom are important to seniors, and try to maximize their residents’ ability to do things on their own as much as possible. The care should be personalized to your particular situation and take into account what you are still able to do and your own desires about your quality of life. Nursing Homes Nursing homes provide full-time medical care, and can only accept residents who have been referred to this type of facility by a physician. Seniors and their families can know that here medical help is immediately available with a nurse on staff round-the-clock and a doctor supervising the care plan. Nursing homes are in some ways similar to assisted living facilities in that they help seniors with their daily routines and provide meals and activities. The difference is that due to the medical needs of the residents they can feel more like a hospital than a home. Some find this environment unpleasant, and the mental toll can lead to additional health problems. At some nursing homes, receiving adequate care can be difficult, and the senior’s family needs to be highly involved to insure that their loved one is not neglected or mistreated. For most, the best choice is to avoid nursing homes until they become necessary, especially since the intensive care they provide makes them the most expensive type of senior care. It’s important that you choose a type of senior care that meets your medical and daily needs while not overspending for services you are unlikely to use.   Do you still have questions about the different options? The staff at Raya’s Paradise can help you determine if our assisted living facilities would be a good match for you or your loved one.