The financial model of a Life Care Community is that residents “buy-in” to the community by paying a one-time, upfront fee (residency deposit or entrance fee). Most residents use the proceeds from the sale of their existing home to pay this deposit. There is also a monthly service fee that covers the costs to operate residents’ homes within the community.
Although your investment at Blakeford may feel like a real estate transaction, it’s really an investment in the Blakeford Life Care model: Your entrance fee entitles you to access all levels of care at Blakeford throughout the rest of your life at discounted rates. And, since you don’t own any real property at Blakeford, you no longer have to worry about rising property tax rates—it’s all taken care of.
On February 28, 2014, Blakeford at Green Hills was awarded an accreditation status through CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-Continuing Care Accreditation Commission). Blakeford is now one of fewer than 200 Life Plan Communities in the country to have achieved this designation and, currently, the only accredited provider in the Middle Tennessee area.
For our residents, accreditation demonstrates that: Blakeford has made a specific commitment to put the needs of our residents at the center of everything we do; Blakeford values the input of our residents and is accountable to the community; Blakeford is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the best possible quality of care; Blakeford respects the rights and individuality of our residents.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Dementia is not.
What makes memory care different from assisted living?
Memory care provides an enhanced level of assisted living designed specifically for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This includes care teams specially trained in supporting those living with memory loss, dining that accommodates changing abilities and appetites, and activities programming that encourages connection and engagement, in a secure environment.
The conversation of when memory care is the best option can be a challenging one for families. Based on an individual’s behavior and needs, it may be confusing on when it is the right time to make a transition from home to memory care or assisted living to memory care. Memory care is a great option for those that have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another related disorder that have entered a stage of needing regular support for creating a routine and finding enjoyable activities to engage in. Health and safety are also factors in the decision making process. The Burton Court team is specially trained to work with families and residents to help determine where our residents will live successfully.
Depending on location and services, memory care communities range in cost. Our all-inclusive care means that we provide the right level of friendly, respectful care even as needs change.
Our approach to memory care is centered around the life history and changing needs of our residents. We know that our support is necessary for our residents to continue to live life well. Through dementia focused training and continued education for staff, adaptations to the environment, and an understanding that each person is different, we approach resident care and engagement in a way that incorporates traditional group activities as well as weaving independent and leisurely activities into their routine.
Assisted living and memory care offer many of the same services, including housing, meals, and help with activities of daily living , like bathing, grooming, and using the toilet. However, memory care also specializes in caring for seniors with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Nursing care, or also known as a skilled nursing facility, In a skilled nursing facility, residents often have serious health issues or chronic conditions that require around-the-clock care and supervision.
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a challenging time for everyone. As a family member, your best tool is education. Educate yourself on what is going on in the brain to better understand what is happening to your loved one. Continue to engage the person in life experiences. Support your family by being patient as everyone adjusts. Most importantly, engage your family member in enjoyable activities to help them from isolating.