Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E . C O M 183 residents require assistance to vacate the building within 15 minutes. Our facility is licensed for Type B, as we are also certified to care for residents with Alzheimer's." "Your first impression of an Assisted Living Community is the most important," says Martinez. "What do you see when you get out of the car? How do they take care of the lawn? What is your first impression of the staff ? Are the residents properly dressed? How's the lighting inside the buildings? What activities are avail- able? Are staff members all in the same uniform? Scrubs are not appropriate for an Assisted Living Community, but nametags are important. NURSING CARE FACILITIES A Nursing Care Facility (NCF) or Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is a state licensed, private-care facility that provides 24-hour skilled hospital care for residents who do not require hospitalization but cannot be cared for at home. Also called Long Term Care Facilities, the majority of nursing homes are staffed by caring, trained persons who provide an excellent level of service for their residents. It pays to shop around when selecting a NCF. Seniors should consult with a trusted doctor or health care practitioner for recommendations of nearby facilities. Plan on visiting at least four or five area facilities, and make an appointment with the administrator or director of nursing. Check to make sure that information provided is consistent with information gathered during the facility tour. Discrep- ancies between provided information and your own observations indicate possible problems later on. A nursing care facility should have clean floors, and a clean smell. Facilities with dirty floors and a sour smell do not put a high priority on cleanliness, and should not be considered. In Florida, ask to see the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) inspection report. Nursing facilities and Assisted Living Facilities are licensed and inspected by AHCA and they offer the HELPFUL NUMBERS AAA Transportation 561-832-5328 AARP- Florida 850-878-6278 Abuse Hotline 800-962-2873 Alcoholics Anonymous 561-655-5700 Alzheimer's Association 800-272-3900 American Cancer Society 561-655-3449 American Diabetes Association 954-772-8040 American Heart Association 888-433-7220 American Lung Assocation 561-659-7644 Arthritis Foundation 561-833-1133 Autism Society Palm Beach/Martin Counties 561-389-6671 Better Business Bureau 561-842-1918 Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County 561-616-1222 Coalition for Independent Living Options (Belle Glade) 561-966-4288 Community Caring Center 561-364-9501 Emergency 911 Epilepsy Foundation 561-478-6515 Families First of Palm Beach County 561-721-2802 Florida Outreach for the Blind 561-642-0005 Handicapped Transporation 561-649-9848 Health Care District 561-840-4500 Health & Human Services 211 Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation 561-494-6888 Lupus Foundation 866-205-2369 Meals on Wheels 561-471-5111 Medicare 800-633-4273 Mental Health Association 561-801-4357 National Osteoporosis Foundation 800-231-4222 National Social Security Administration 800-772-1213 Palm Beach Agency on Aging 561-684-5885 Palm Beach County Division of Human & Veteran Services 561-845-4644 Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services 561-357-7100 Palm Beach Health Care Foundation 561-833-6333 Palm Beach Int'l Airport 561-471-7420 Palm Tran 561-841-4200 Parkinson's Foundation 800-327-4545 Poison Control 800-222-1222 Public Utilities 800-427-7712 Red Cross 561-833-7711 Report Medicaid Fraud 800-447-8477 Salvation Army 561-686-3530 Sheriff (non-emergency) 561-688-3000 Tri-Rail 800-874-7245 United Ostomy Assocation 800-826-0826 United Way of Palm Beach County 561-375-6600 Urban League of Palm Beach County 561-833-1641 U.S. Administration on Aging - Eldercare Locator 800-677-1116

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