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You mean there is a DIFFERENCE between retirement and nursing care?

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”.                           

  – George Burns

Getting old can be hard.  Watching your parents get old can be harder.  Making the best decisions no matter what side you are on can be the hardest.  Sometimes life happens and we are forced to seek help when we are not prepared.  Other times, planning is possible but still a tough decision.  Luckily there are plenty of choices and people to help.

The Campus of the Jewish Home is a CCRC, a Continuing Care Retirement Community.  What does that mean?  It means we are able to offer pretty much every level of care you or a loved one may need; depending on your situation.  A wonderful place to retire and live your life “worry free” with all the amenities you could ask for.  A terrific place to obtain rehabilitative services for a short while before you return to your own home, or a caring environment for skilled nursing care when needed, no matter how long that may be.

The Residence, a Personal Care building offers our residents the chance to live independently without the hassles of home ownership.  No mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, fixing faucets or even changing light bulbs!  For individuals who require some help to continue to live independently, the Personal Care apartments at the Residence may be the perfect choice.  Our Catered Living options offer assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and taking prescribed medicines, while you live in your apartment.

The Jewish Home, the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation building offers support for the resident and the family members alike.  Everything we do is intended to enhance your quality of life, preserve your dignity, and encourage your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.  The Jewish Home is large enough to handle all levels of care but small enough where staff has the ability to really “know” their residents.  Their likes, their dislikes and what can make them smile.

So how do you know which place is right, whether you are making the decision ahead of time or inside a time frame due to a fall or worse?  Many factors will help you make the right decision, but I always tell people there is one important piece to your research.  Visit.  Walk in unannounced…just visit and trust your first gut reaction.  Whether looking as a place to retire or a place to help Mom or Dad with skilled care…what does your gut say in the first five minutes?

Is the campus clean?  Are the residents interacting with staff?  Are they interacting with each other?  Did someone offer to help you?  Does it feel like home, does it fit your personality and life style?  If going to need skilled care, what else is offered as far as activities and interactions?  Of course, other factors come into play, but these are the things that will jump out at you within the first five minutes.

The Campus would be more than happy to help you understand the differences between retired living and the need for skilled care and what we offer.  Please feel free to contact Daisy at dtitzell@jhgh.org or 717-657-0700 or stop in unannounced and ask to see her!  And best of luck in your search, you will make the right decision if you let your heart help you make it.

Please enjoy our past blogs as well.