Yes. We care for a variety of dementias, but predominantly work with those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
A pre-admission assessment is performed on all potential residents to make sure each individual is a good “fit” with the other residents living at Barton House.
3. Do you provide respite care?
We offer brief trial periods when there is a concern about how the resident will function in our environment. We do not provide this service when the facility is full or to individuals who are not potential residents.
4. What are your staffing ratios?
During waking hours, our ratios range from 1 direct care staff member for every 5-6 residents. During sleeping hours, our ratio is 1 awake and readily available direct care staff member for every 10 residents.
5. Does Barton House have Nurses on staff?
Yes. Typically, we have licensed nurses on staff seven (7) days a week twelve (12) hours a day that manage the individualized care of each resident. The nursing team coordinates care with each of the residents’ healthcare providers as needed to maximize their health and well-being. This includes regular and on-going medication management and basic first aid.
6. Do you help residents take their medication?
Yes. We supervise all of the resident's medications, both prescription and non-prescription, daily. Assistance with this task is one of the most common areas families are concerned about. All medications are stored in a locked medication room.
Our nursing staff does not administer injections or any type of intravenous therapy. In many instances, some of these types of nursing services can be provided at Barton House through a licensed Home Health Agency.
7. Do you help residents take their over-the-counter (OTC) medications, nutritional supplements and herbal remedies?
We will gladly supervise any substance that the resident's physician prescribes that can be given through a non-invasive route. We must have a physician's order for all substances, both prescription and over-the-counter, that are supervised and they must be labeled by a pharmacy.
Residents are not allowed to keep any type of medications or any other potentially dangerous items or substances in their room.
8. Can you provide special diets?
Our meals are specially designed for individuals with dementia. They are visually appealing, flavorful, nutrient dense, and high in calories, fiber, and fat. Equally important, but often overlooked is the fact our meals are easy to chew and eat with limited motor skills.
Please contact our facility if you have special nutritional needs, so we can discuss further.
9. What kinds of behaviors is your staff capable of handling?
We are equipped to work with individuals who display most of the behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. If and when these behaviors become a concern, we brainstorm and pride ourselves on thinking outside the box for a viable solution.
10. When does the resident have to leave Barton House to receive a higher level of care?
We work closely with the care team (family, staff, administrator & MD’s) in deciding when a resident needs to be moved, either temporarily or permanently, to a more appropriate level of care. These determinations are made on an individualized basis.
Some of the conditions that would warrant a possible change in living environment are a medical condition that requires 24 hour nursing care (IV therapy or O2 administration), specialized diets, uncontrollable physical or verbal aggression and drug stabilization.
The majority of our residents stay with us until within a few weeks to the end of their lives.
11. Do you provide transportation?
Due to our small size, it is difficult for us to provide transportation for each and every resident on a routine and on-going basis. We feel regular medical appointments are often activities our families want to continue to be present for, but we do also have specialized medical practitioners that come directly to the facility which eliminates the need for coordinating transportation for these types of outings.
In the event of an emergency, we will call Emergency Medical Services (EMS) via 9-1-1.
12. Do you take the residents on field trips?
Because of the nature of dementia and the limitations that our residents have, we believe that to safely provide field trips we would have to have one staff member for each resident once we leave the facility.
At times the residents express the desire to the leave the facility, but often once they do leave they become anxious and insecure. Instead of leaving the premises we bring the community to Barton House through a variety of entertainers and volunteers.
13. What type of Activity Program do you provide?
Individuals with dementia need structure and routine, so our Activity Program is designed to provide this from the moment the residents get up to when they retire at night. Our Activity Program is designed to accentuate strengths and minimize weaknesses.
A certified Activity Director organizes the weekly schedule and leads the daily programming. Structured activities are accomplished in small groups or even one-to-one depending on the individual abilities of the resident. A wide variety of activities are utilized to stimulate cognition, movement, communication and socialization. Reminiscing, gardening in the raised beds in the secured backyard, & current events are just a few of the activities our residents enjoy regularly.
As residents advance in the disease process, activities of daily living become more prominent in the daily routine versus the other activities listed above.
14. Are the residents allowed to have pets?
Yes. We allow pets at Barton House as long as the pet is house trained, calm and comfortable around a lot of people. The resident does need to be able to assist with the general care of the animal. If this is no longer feasible the pet may not be able to reside at the facility any longer.
We will assess the pet prior to move-in and will continually monitor for appropriateness.
15. What services does the rent cover?
Our monthly fee is inclusive. At Barton House, this fee does not change as the resident’s care needs increase.
Our rent covers personal laundry including linens, housekeeping, activities, four meals and one snack daily, and personal care (assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and toileting), supervision and administration of medications and minor treatments such as first aid.
16. What services are not covered by the rent?
Services individualized to the resident, like salon services (on-site service), medications, incontinence products, cable and phone services in resident rooms and other assistive devices are not included in the monthly fee.
Any co-pays or deductibles for additional healthcare services provided on-site or off will be separate from the monthly rent.
17. What are the costs and fees for Barton House?