Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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184 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 A C T I V E A D U L T S & S E N I O R L I V I N G following questions that you should ask when researching and/or visiting a facility: • What deficiencies, if any, were cited during the last inspection? (Ask to see the survey, which is AHCA's inspection report). • How many residents does each nurse and nurse's aide care for during each shift? • What do they do about medial services and special therapies? • What transportation arrangements for residents are available? • What special training does the staff have? • What are the policies regarding deposits, refunds, and bed holds? • How much advance notice is provided before increasing charges? • How are personal possessions safeguarded? • What activities are available? (Ask to see the calendar). • What are the designated visiting hours, and are exceptions allowed? • Does the nursing home have a program to limit the use of physical restraints? The answers to these questions, combined with observations and impressions made during facility tours and staff interviews will ease the task of selecting the right nursing care facility. ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA CARE FACILITIES Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia need specialized care. Assisted Living Facili- ties offer services and separate facilities for residents with early onset symptoms, but because of the progressive nature of the disease, it may become necessary to transfer the resident to another facility that can provide more appropriate care. Facilities specializing in the treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia should provide a treatment plan that takes into account not only the resident's medical needs, but also the needs of the entire family with social services and professional consultations and individualized treatment reviews. Emphasis within the facility should be placed on providing a calming, soothing environment that is sensitive to the needs of the patient. Check out your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for more information. AAAs Advo- cate for older adults living in their area develops community-based long-term care services to meet the needs of those adults, and administer funds to implement services. Most services coordinated by AAAs are provided through community service providers at the local level. Look up member agencies at www.o4ad.org. ACTIVE ADULT LIVING OR INDEPENDENT LIVING The lure of days lounging by the pool, bronzing at the beach and just escaping brutal northern winters have drawn seniors to Florida for generations. Yet today, it's more than the Shuffleboard Generation that's headed to the Sunshine State, and particu- larly to Palm Beach County. Seniors retiring here are looking for more than cookie-cutter cottages or sterile, impersonal high-rises. Today — with more longevity and greater expectations — seniors relocating to Palm Beach County have much more variety in their lifestyle and housing choices. Whether it's the active vibe of active adult living communities, the helping hand of an assist- ed-living facility or the world-class care of the area's nursing facilities, Palm Beach County can cater to the interests and needs of a wide array of seniors. The Shuffleboard Generation would be in awe of today's active adult communities. For seniors with few medical problems and who need no assistance with activities of daily living, independent living offers everything from theater outings to field trips to sporting events. They usually provide onsite social and fitness activities; transpor- tation to shopping, appointments and other nearby needs; and medical and wellness consults by an in-house nurse. Meals and housekeeping services are available. The communities listed below may offer other locations, as well as, other services and care levels - please contact the specific commu- nity for more information. ACTIVE ADULT/ INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITIES Abbey Delray 2000 Lowson Blvd., Delray Beach, 33445 561-945-0240; lifespacecommunities.com/ senior-living-delray-beach Apartment homes and villas truly do make this independent-living facility seem like home. Abbey Delray prides itself on its beau- tifully landscaped grounds, restaurant-style dining (and a cocktail lounge) and more activi- ties and events than one resident could attend. Yet behind all of this is a trained, professional and attentive staff, making each resident main- tains his or her healthiest lifestyle. Devonshire at PGA National 350 Devonshire Way Palm Beach Gardens, 33418; 561-227-2401 www.ericksonliving.com/devonshire Gourmet dining, a fitness center and a performing-arts center aren't what you'd expect in an independent-living facility. But luxury and resort-style amenities set Devonshire at PGA National apart. Complimentary transportation whisks residents to nearby shopping, dining and cultural attractions. Five Star Premier Residences of Boca Raton 22601 Camino Del Mar, Boca Raton, 33433 561-750-7100; www.fivestarseniorliving.com/ communities/fl/boca-raton/ five-star-premier-residences-of-boca-raton Here is where seniors will find an active lifestyle with distinctive social, cultural and

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