Even though senior living communities can accept residents who are 55 and older, most community residents are in their 80s and beyond, with the younger residents in their 70s. In fact, the average age of an assisted living resident is 87 years old according to the Assisted Living Federation of America. AARP reports that 90 percent of Americans over 75 have at least one chronic condition, and over 20 percent have 5 or more. So how do you meet the health care needs of older residents with higher acuity within the confines of your senior living license?
You need to have a strategy and plan to address their needs and make sure that aging in place means aging with dignity and well-being for each and every resident.
Part of this strategy is to understand the potential of partnerships in the care continuum. As senior living providers, you need to look toward skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, therapy companies, and hospice and palliative care agencies to provide services for your residents when their health requires it.
How can other care providers help your residents? We have seen healthy partnerships where:
Your strategy must include going beyond just signing-up a partner. Make sure you understand the quality measures attached to the different type of services and screen your partners to find the ones that will provide the care your residents deserve. Train your staff and management as well – make sure they understand what the different partners provide and how your residents may benefit from them.
With the right strategy and plan in place, you can provide health, well-being, dignity, and respect to your residents and the peace of mind to their loved ones.
Health Dimensions Group has the skills and expertise to help you with a strategic business plan and network development. For more information, contact us at 763.537.5700, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.healthdimensionsgroup.com/services/strategy.
Authored by: Cindy Olson, VP, Consulting Business Development