Story by Suzanne Gibson | Apr 26, 2016
Photography by Keith Borgmeyer

Three local businesses that care for the aging offer insights.

With more adults living beyond age 70, lots of questions arise about how to best care for aging parents. There are physical, emotional and financial challenges to consider, and the options can sometimes be overwhelming. Three local business, each offering different levels and  types of elderly care, share information about their services. The business featured include: Bee At Home, Golden Living Center and Valley Park Retirement Center.

Golden Living Center

Clinical care and rehabilitation

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HOW WILL I KNOW THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT TYPE OF SERVICE FOR MY FAMILY MEMBER?

You notice an overall decline of your loved one, or there is an overwhelmed sense with caregivers.

HOW LONG OF A WAITING LIST IS USUAL?

Our waiting list can change day to day.

HOW MANY BEDS DO YOU HAVE?

We offer 18 beds on our Alzheimer Care Unit, nine private rehab rooms and 50 beds for long-term or skilled setting.

WHAT ARE YOUR VISITING HOURS?

Visitors and loved ones are welcome anytime day or night.

WILL THEIR MEDICARE BENEFIT PAY FOR THEIR STAY? OR HOW DOES THAT WORK?

A three-night in-house patient stay like with the hospital and the patient must have a skilled need.

ARE YOUR EXTERIOR DOORS LOCKED?

During day the front door is open, and at night our doors are locked from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

ARE PETS ALLOWED EITHER TO STAY OR TO VISIT?

Pets are welcome anytime for a visit but are not allowed to stay.

WHAT SECURITY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO KEEP MY LOVED ONE FROM WANDERING OUT OF THE BUILDING?

We use a wander guard system and all doors are in sync with that system. Doors are also locked. If any wandering occurs, we will assess for safety and future protection.

WHAT TYPES OF THERAPY DO YOU OFFER AND HOW OFTEN?

We offer speech, occupational and physical therapies.

ARE ALL ROOMS SEMI PRIVATE OR PRIVATE?

We offer both private and semi-private.

ARE WE ABLE TO DECORATE AND IS THERE CABLE/PHONE LINE IN THE ROOMS?

All rooms have cable, and a phone jack is provided in the room. We encourage you to personalize the rooms of your loved ones geared to their needs and wants.

CAN A PRIMARY PHYSICIAN FOLLOW PATIENTS TO THE FACILITY, AND WHO IS YOUR MEDICAL DIRECTOR?

Yes, they can. Our local medical director is Dr. Eric Caywood.

IF NEEDING SHORT-TERM THERAPY, IS THERE A WING SO THAT MY LOVED ONE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN A SKILLED SETTING?

Yes, we offer a rehab wing that is specifically geared for a short-term rehab patient, along with private rooms.

HOW OFTEN WILL MY LOVED ONE GET A SHOWER?

They will be provided a shower at least two times per week or more often if requested.

IS CHURCH PROVIDED AT YOUR FACILITY? ACTIVITIES?

Yes, church is provided weekly and various activities are offered, including everything from BINGO, musical entertainment, crafts and more.