What is a Residential Care Community?
In order to really understand what a Residential Care Community is, you must first understand what it is not! It is not a Skilled Nursing Home.
We help bridge the gap between when its unsafe for you or a loved one to live at home but you don’t require the services of a skilled nursing home. In our communities, we provide personal care services such as meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry services, activities and medication administration by certified medication staff 24 hours a day. We provide services to seniors in a comfortable homelike environment where they can continue their independence with helpful caring staff ready to assist them as needed.
Who is eligible to live here?
Some restrictions for admission to a residential care community do apply. Our community members must be seniors and have a need for services that do not require a skilled nursing setting . Additionally, according to the definition provided by the Health and Senior Services, anyone that resides in a residential care community must be able to mentally and physically negotiate a pathway to safety in the event of an emergency .Our Administrators at each location can provide you with more detailed information.
So who does live here?
Most of our community neighbors have medical issues that require them to take medications or need continual monitoring for their medical conditions. Often times a neighbor isn’t able to live at home because they no longer eat balanced meals ,forget to take their medications, can no longer physically take care of their home or sometimes they just need more socialization and the comfort of knowing someone is there if they need help . Often family members are not able to provide daily support and find peace of mind knowing their loved one is well cared for in our communities.
Does it have to be a permanent move?
No. While many neighbors choose to make our communities their permanent home, we also provide services for those needing to recovery from an illness or injury or maybe just for the cold months of the year. A month to month arrangement is all that’s required!
How does a residential care community differ from a nursing home?
A better question is how are they the same? From the appearance to the type of care, there are very few similarities between the two. The basic daily living tasks are similar in regard to 3 balanced meals furnished per day, activities, medications being administered, communication with physicians for orders and health care needs, housekeeping and laundry services being furnished . Our communities can accommodate 12 neighbors making an environment where you don’t get lost in a crowd ! You know the staff and your neighbors but more importantly is that they know you! Each neighbor has their own comfortable room with a private bathroom including a step in shower. Their own heat and air conditioner controls. We provide a somewhat non restrictive environment in our communities . Many of our neighbors still drive their own vehicles and hold a job. Independence with assistance and security is what makes us different from some other communities.
How do I know the most appropriate level of care for myself or loved one?
Ask a couple of questions. Does my loved one or myself need more help than what is available at home? If a problem should arise, like a fall, is someone there to offer assistance? Is full skilled care necessary to address the issues being encountered? Based on the findings of these questions a picture should begin to emerge as to what level of care is most appropriate for you. The administrator at any of our community locations can help you with decision making based on the information given to them by you and your health care provider. These decisions are hard to make, we are here to help you. If you need a higher level of care than we can provide, we will tell you.
What if I or my loved one is reluctant to give up a home?
We require no long term lease or commitment. Sometimes these things need to be handled in small steps. With our month to month rental agreement, you have the flexibility to try our services to be sure they are compatible to your needs. There is no need to give up your home until you are ready or at all! We welcome you to come share a meal with us or attend an activity at our community to “check it out” before you decide.
Why Ashbury Heights versus another residential care facility?
Bristol Care, Inc. owner of Ashbury Heights, operates over 60 facilities in the state of Missouri and has provided services to our seniors since 1990. What this means for you is the security of a Missouri based ,family owned and operated senior health care provider that understands the needs of Missouri seniors. The communities are all very similar in layout and operation, providing continuity of services in all communities where we operate. The added benefit of our smaller communities offers a homey environment without the worry of getting lost in the shuffle of a larger facility.
What if we do not have a great deal of income to pay for the services?
Don’t worry! We participate in the Medicaid Assistance program and the Personal Care Program which assists those with limited incomes to be able to afford the cost of residential care. We also accept VA Assistance Programs and most Private Insurances .We offer all services for one monthly fee. This makes our services available to almost anyone!
How do I find out more about Ashbury Heights?
Stop in and see for yourself! Our door is always open and we would be more than happy to show you around! You can call the residential community directly or contact us by using the CONTACT US feature on this website. We look forward to meeting you!