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Skilled nursing in Grand Rapids, MI

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Skilled Nursing Care

It is sometimes difficult, time-consuming and frustrating to bring your loved one to and from appointments. At Ascension Health Homes our goal is to provide comprehensive care and give you peace of mind. We partner with different skilled nursing agencies to come to the home, eliminating the need to transport to different locations. Each of these agencies are required to follow safety and screening protocols before entering the home. Some of the services for qualified residents can include:

  • Pain Management
  • Wound Care
  • Psych Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
    • Fall prevention
    • Balance training
    • Home exercise programs
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Assistive device support and recommendations
    • Motor skill improvement
    • Hand-eye coordination,
  • Staff continuing education and training to better support the resident’s needs

Dementia Care

Assisted Living with Memory Support in Grand Rapids, MI

Ascension Health Homes provide continuous care for individuals suffering from a memory impairment due to various dementias. Residents live in traditional homes nestled within neighborhoods of Grand Rapids.

Resident and Staff at Ascension Health

Our social model of care is driven by research, which has proven that small residential group settings improve the quality of life of Residents and respective families. Residents participate in engaging activities to maximize their abilities and to maintain their independence. Ascension Health Homes embrace Residents’ strengths.

Ascension Health Homes are assisted living homes with memory support for non-wandering residents. Our goal is for our residents to live in the same home through the end of life. Ascension Health Homes partners with outside professional organizations to provide services such as podiatry, physician visits, hospice, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, radiology, phlebotomy, and beauty services. 

Our staff is composed of administrators, house managers and support staff with years of experience, who all have been specially trained in the care of dementias. We maintain high caregiver-to-resident ratios, which creates a calm, relaxing environment for the Residents and Caregivers. All care is provided under the direction and supervision of each Resident’s physician.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care in Grand Rapids, MI

Managing Diabetes in the Elderly and Improving Wellness through Experienced Care

Through our tailored programs, we provide peace of mind for elderly adults who are experiencing memory loss and the people who love them. Our goal is the best quality of life possible through wellness services and loving support.

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Hospice care in Grand Rapids, MI

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Hospice Care Services

The thought of end of life care can seem overwhelming. We partner with outside hospice agencies to make the process easier. Our goal is to keep your loved one at Ascension Health Homes in their own environment where they are comfortable. Some of the hospice services can include:

  • Extra support for your loved one
  • Spiritual care
  • Pain management
  • Bereavement counseling
  • Patient care coordination with existing physicians

Veterans Care in Assisted Living

Veteran's Aid & Attendance Benefits for Assisted Living
The most common way for veterans to pay for assisted living is using Aid and Attendance. This pension benefit is designed for veterans who require assistance with their activities of daily living and can be applied to whatever purpose the recipient desires, and therefore, towards assisted living rent, board or care services. There are several assistance options available to help veterans apply.

What is Veterans Aid & Attendance?
A low-income veteran age 65 or older who served at least 90 days of active military service, at least one day of which was during an acknowledged period of war, and who was honorably discharged, or their surviving spouse, is eligible for a pension from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly called Veterans Administration). Some veterans are also eligible for an additional benefit, called Veterans Aid & Attendance. You may also hear it referred to as “the VA assisted living benefit” or “veterans elder care benefits.”

Veterans Aid & Attendance provides money to veterans and their spouses, or the surviving spouses of deceased veterans, who need help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, using the toilet, dressing, eating or taking medicine.

The applicant DOES NOT have to have been injured during their service to quality for Veterans Aid & Attendance benefits.

Applicants for Veterans Aid & Attendance must be eligible for and already receiving a VA pension or must be eligible and apply for a VA pension at the same time they apply for Veterans Aid & Attendance.

Who is Eligible for Assistance through the Aid & Attendance Benefit?
There are a variety of criteria and conditions the Veteran’s Administration will consider when determining if a veteran and their spouse are eligible for assisted living benefits. They include:

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Veterans Care in Grand Rapids, MI

Military Service Requirement
The first requirement a veteran must meet is to have served at least ninety days of active military service. At least one day of their service must have been during an acknowledged period of war.

The Veteran’s Administration designated the following wars and conflicts as ones that make a veteran and/or their spouse eligible:

  • World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)

Needs-Based Requirement
The veteran must also meet at least one of the following criteria to receive senior care benefits:

  • Age 65 or older, OR
  • Totally and permanently disabled, OR
  • A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
  • Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income

If the veteran meets these two requirements, the next step is for the veteran or their surviving spouse to pass the yearly family income and net worth standard. These income and asset guidelines are established each year by Congress.

Award Amounts & Cost Benefits for Veterans and Spouses in 2020
The amounts below are the maximum benefit amount a veteran or surviving spouse may be entitled to for Basic Veterans / Survivor Pension plus Aid & Attendance Pension.

  • The maximum benefit amount for a veteran who does not have a spouse or dependent child is $22,938 / year ($1,912 / month).
  • The maximum benefit amount for a married veteran is $27,194 / year ($2,266 / month).
  • The maximum benefit amount for a surviving spouse is $14,761 / year ($1,230 / month).

Talk to the professionals at Ascension Health for help and guidance regarding Veterans Care in Assisted Living in the Grand Rapids Area.

Diabetes Care in Grand Rapids, MI

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Diabetes Care in Assisted Living

Many families today are turning to experienced assisted living and memory care facilities like Ascension Health in order to meet the needs of their elderly loved ones who suffer from diabetes.

Memory Care and Diabetes Management
At Ascension Health, we have years of experience in helping seniors manage their condition while also promoting a greater sense of wellness through tailored programs.

As a memory care home, we are well-versed in the challenges of diabetes care in elderly adults who may also be suffering from problems with memory loss.

Combining medication distribution with effective educational programs for both residents at Ascension Health, and their loved ones, we are able to provide an improved quality of life while also successfully managing diabetes in elderly residents.

Unique Challenges of Meeting the Wellness Needs of Elderly Diabetes Patients
Our assisted living memory care facilities have the necessary experience and amenities to address the unique challenges that come with managing diabetes for older adults:

  • Medication Administration: For many of our seniors facing memory loss, it can be difficult to manage the medications for diabetes. Our caregivers work to ensure that medications are taken properly and exactly when they are needed.
  • Exercise and Physical Activity: Part of the aging process involves a natural decrease in mobility, which can make getting that all-important physical activity more of a challenge for seniors with diabetes. Caregivers work with diabetes patients to design an exercise routine that respects their unique health and physical limitations.
  • Healthy Diet: Being able to eat nutritious meals that taste good is essential for wellness among elderly diabetics, and it is also fundamental for a high quality of life. At Ascension Health, we offer delicious meals, as well as help with meal planning education for diabetics.