Frequently Asked Questions

CALMING CONCERNS, DISPELLING MYTHS

 There are many frequently asked questions, including “myths” that people have about senior care homes. We are happy to answer any question or address any concerns. Here are a few:

  • ABANDONMENT: What do I say to an elderly loved one who feels they are being abandoned by their family?
  • It is common for a loved one to feel like their family is giving them away. The reality is, you are placing them in a new home where there they will receive the daily living assistance they need. And you can still visit them as often as you wish.
  • ADEQUATE CARE: Will our loved one really get all the care they need?
  • Yes. Caregivers are there to help throughout the day, assisting residents and taking care of their specific needs. The key is communication—letting a caregiver know exactly what you need. Caregivers even set up a personalized “Care Plan” to clarify these needs. The goal is to foster a loving family home, at a time in an elderly person’s life when their own home has become more challenging than comforting.
  • INDEPENDENCE: Is it difficult for someone to suddenly lose their independence and privacy?
  • We prefer to think of “losing one’s privacy” as “no longer being isolated.” In a CareAgape home, residents gain a new level of independence because they can enjoy their life without having to worry about taking care of themselves or feeling they are burdening their families.
  • SIX-BED FACILITIES VS LARGER FACILITIES: What is the difference between a small senior home and a large facility, or between one six-bed home and another?
  • Small senior homes typically provide more personalized care than larger facilities. (CareAgape Caregiver-to-resident ratio is 3:1.) But not all six-bed homes are alike. While they all offer more hands-on assistance than larger places, CareAgape homes foster a true family environment, where Caregiver/owners have a personal interest in those they care for. The result: a greater level of personal responsibility and care.
  • TIME TO MOVE: When is the “right time” for someone to move into a senior home?
  • The right time is when an elderly person just can’t take care of themselves. They feel isolated and are unable to cook and clean or attend to many of their basic needs. This time is often thrust upon families, due to urgent need, rather than planned.
  • FAMILY VISITS: How often will a family be able to see their elderly loved one?
  • Family visits are always encouraged. In fact, families can enjoy mom or dad even more, without the stress of a dependency relationship or the feeling of not being able to attend to all their needs. This newfound mutual independence can make the time that families and their loved ones spend together even more meaningful.
  • PETS: Do you allow pets?
  • Typically live-in pets are not allowed (though at the discretion of the individual caregiver there are exceptions). However, families may bring a pet to visit an elderly resident. Pet visitation has been proven to provide a special comfort that only animals can give.
  • CLEANLINESS: Are CareAgape senior homes clean and maintained regularly?
  • Absolutely. We provide daily housekeeping and personal laundry and take pride in our homes. Remember, the Caregivers are the owners in the home, and the cleanliness of a home is a reflection on them.
  • HOBBIES: Does moving into a home mean saying goodbye to hobbies such as gardening?
  • No, residents can still maintain most if not all of the hobbies they currently have. Many of the homes even have lovely garden space, and residents who have interests such as gardening are encouraged to keep those hobbies flourishing.
  • EXTRA ASSISTANCE: Is there extra assistance for seniors who need it?
  • Yes, a CareAgape senior home can  provide incontinence and toiletry assistance, transfer assistance; bathing, dressing and grooming assistance; and ‘round-the-clock emergency response, if needed. The homes are also equipped to handle seniors with mild-to-moderate memory loss as well as those at risk of falling.
  • SLEEPLESS SENIORS: What do you do with residents who have difficulty sleeping at night?
  • Elderly people often have irregular sleep patterns. The goal is to get all residents on a normal nighttime sleep routine to ensure they have the highest quality of life during daytime hours

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