Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Finding a home for seniors with multi-levels of care concerns just got easier, thanks to a proposal for an " la carte-style" congregate housing option prepared by the PAHCS administration. After months of debate and re-writing of proposals, the board voted 11 to 2 to approve transitioning 700 Stearns Place, currently a congregate independent senior living facility, to a congregate senior housing facility with 24-hour care services.
During a recent study conducted by PAHCS, they found that more than 37 million people living in the U.S. are 65 or older and the number of those who need more intense health-care support is at an all-time high. These needs are amplified by the rising number of people living with multiple chronic conditions as a result of medical advances and treatments. The responsibility of identifying affordable long-term services and facilities that address the diminishing capacity for independent living of many aging adults often falls to family and friends, who may find their options limited.
"All communities struggle to create affordable and community-based options for the health-care needs of aging residents, especially in rural communities," said Bobbe Teigen, CEO Paynesville Area Health Care System. "With the increase to 24-hour housing with services, congregate housing tenants with different levels of health needs all can receive, if they prefer, individual care under one roof providing tenants to "age-in-place". We hope that with these additional services, community members and families will be able to easily evaluate the need for and determine the benefit of this style of senior care, resulting in increased access to senior housing options that are affordable and close-to-home."
Under the housing with services approach, tenants will pay a base rent. The base rent is determined based on the square footage of the individual apartment and would include an emergency call system, air conditioning, heat, lights, water, sewer, garbage and cable television. The tenant would be responsible for his or her own telephone service. As explained in meetings with tenants and/or family members this past week, residents would be able to purchase additional services as needed, separate from the rental agreement. The " la carte menu" would include meals, housekeeping, transportation, baths, medication assistance, and many other services.
Currently, every apartment is equipped with a 24-hour emergency pull-cord system. Since the current call system has range limitations, it would be replaced with a pendent that allows each tenant to be anywhere in the building or garden area outside 700 Stearns Place and still be able to call for help if needed.
Over the course of the next month, each tenant will receive a new rental agreement, an updated tenant handbook, and new service agreements developed by our legal counsel.
"Our primary goal is to provide the support residents need to live full and satisfying lives, while helping them maintain their independence and dignity," stated Bev Mueller, Director of Acute/Long-term Care for PAHCS. "We strongly believe this is the best option for our current and future residents of 700 Stearns Place."
For more information or to learn how you can become a resident of 700 Stearns Place, please call Mari Louis at (320) 243-7100.