Today marks the official opening of a new Assisted Living neighborhood at Pinebrook Retirement Community in Milford. Available on a monthly rental basis, the program accommodates residents who wish to maximize their independence while receiving personalized care and attention as needed from licensed nurses on duty 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Pinebrook’s Executive Director Dennis Curley believes Pinebrook’s assisted living program is the first in the area to offer licensed nurses on duty 24/7. “Such staff coverage is not a requirement by the state but it is certainly a comfort to our residents and their families,” said Curley, a Certified Executive for assisted living.
To make way for the Assisted Living neighborhood, the well established Milford retirement community converted its entire second floor. Instead of small living quarters typical of some assisted living environments, Pinebrook gives residents their choice of private studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. Along with engaging classes and clubs, chef-prepared meals, housekeeping and transportation, they maintain access to all of the community’s resort-like amenities. In addition, they have their choice to dine nearby in a new, intimately scaled dining room on their own floor or in the community’s larger main dining room. Other new services include daily wellness checks and customized care including medication management or reminders and help with other activities of daily living.
“We’re excited about offering this enhanced level of service and care at Pinebrook,” Curley said. “It gives our residents and their families additional comfort to know that they themselves, their friends and loved ones can continue living as they wish here at Pinebrook while also receiving the extra helping hand that they may need now or down the road.”
According to Curley, more than half of the 44 residences available in the program are already spoken for and interest from the outside is picking up steam with winter around the corner.
“Winter weather can greatly magnify the risks of isolated living and gathering for the holidays can present a good opportunity for families to observe their elders and begin conversations about the importance of not only living safely but also living well,” Curley said.
To help families assess an elderly relative’s situation, Curley suggests asking the following questions:
1. Does your loved one have easy access to friends and do they engage in stimulating activities for the mind and body or do they tend to stay at home and watch TV?
2. Do they enjoy shopping and preparing nutritious meals for themselves or is their diet and health suffering?
3. If they’re on medications, are they taking them properly?
4. If they were to experience a health emergency, would they be assured of receiving the help they need right away?”
“It’s one thing to believe it’s time to have a frank discussion with your loved one and it’s another to start the conversation. Initiating the conversation can be difficult but avoiding the subject can also make matters worse. The earlier you begin the process of discussing the situation and exploring alternatives, the sooner you’re bound to find the best solution together. We encourage people to call or come by Pinebrook for information and suggestions on how to break the ice,” Curley said.
For more information about our new Assisted Living neighborhood, The Inn or to schedule a tour, please call 1-513-297-4076.