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Locust Grove - A Place You'll Love to Call Home

By Daniel Casciato

       
 

 

Respite Care: Giving Caregivers a Break

Going away for a couple weeks? Need some relief in caring for a loved one? While taking care of a senior can often be rewarding, it can sometimes become physically and emotionally draining. Respite care offers caregivers the opportunity to reduce stress and restore energy.

Locust Grove provides respite care to families in the community. It's a great option for seniors who need some daily supportive services, but still desire social stimulation, engagement and activities. Respite care is a short-term stay, typically less than 30 days. Locust Grove offers both private and semi-private rooms for a daily flat rate which includes all fees.

The same services and amenities available to the residents are also available to respite residents.

These services and amenities include:

  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Medication management
  • 24-hour supervision and security
  • Assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, dressing, toileting and grooming
  • Laundry service
  • Housekeeping
  • Activities and outings

For more information, visit www.locustgrovesrliving.com

 
       

Most seniors want to remain independent for as long as possible, as they age, but someday the time may come when they are unable to be completely self-sufficient. Today, there are many living options designed to support their independent living, including senior-friendly housing, personal care homes and 24-hour skilled nursing facilities.

"Someone is ready for personal care when they can no longer manage the upkeep of a home, have mobility issues or need help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, preparing meals, and even with socializing," says Sharon Caporali, Sales and Marketing Director of Locust Grove Senior Living.

As a state-of-the-art personal care and memory care provider located in West Mifflin, PA, Locust Grove offers seniors a blend of personal care and hospitality tailored to meet their individual needs, from more independent living to traditional personal care services. Locust Grove recently underwent a major renovation that included new construction and renovation of the existing building which is housed in a former two-story elementary school. They added a new wing in the lower and upper floors while renovating the rest of the facility to make it all look the same.

At Locust Grove, the care coordinators believe in giving residents control over their lives and encouraging independence and socialization all while providing exceptional care.

"What sets us apart is that we are a family-oriented community," says Caporali. "Our residents come from within the community; so many already know each other and the employees. It's a very family-oriented building."

She adds that the biggest surprise people often have of Locust Grove is the look and feel of a social model, versus a medical model like most skilled nursing facilities.

"Some seniors tend to think they are losing their independence and control by moving into a community. However they are often pleasantly surprised when they come here," she says. "It's very homey; we have inviting living spaces with comfortable furniture and a newly renovated dining room. I think the fact that they still are able to maintain and be independent, with assistance as needed, comes as a surprise to most."

By offering a variety of living arrangements—three styles of personal care apartments—seniors are still able to maintain their independent lifestyle. There are three types of rooms to choose from: semi-private; deluxe semi-private with a shared common space; and private. Every room here has its own bathroom and kitchenette. They also offer a memory care neighborhood to provide a supportive environment where individuals living with dementia have the opportunity to live a fulfilling and dignified life.

Some of the benefits of a personal care facility such as Locust Grove include:

  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, and medication management
  • Convenience of restaurant-style dining
  • Housekeeping and professional laundry services
  • Proximity to shopping, dining and medical services
  • Variety of activities on site and out on the town, such as cooking, art, crafts, and exercising

"We also offer an extra set of eyes and hands to help with their care," notes Caporali. "Being around our residents every day, we notice subtle changes in their health conditions that can get checked on sooner than if they lived on their own."

Once someone has identified long term care is necessary for their loved ones, it's often difficult to have that conversation. Caporali says that they can assist in that process. "We are here as a community resource so by coming to us, we can help you with those difficult conversations with your loved one."

Since the health and well-being of their residents is important, Locust Grove maintains on its staff an RN who is the director of health and wellness and a memory care coordinator who specializes in dementia and activities. In addition, three physicians currently come to the campus regularly as a convenience to residents.

"As a resident in a building like ours, you can certainly continue seeing your own physician, but to make it a bit easier for some residents, our physicians will make house calls," says Caporali.

For more information or to schedule a tour, visit www.locustgrovesrliving.com.

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