Pine Meadows Ranch is an inviting assisted living community in Flagstaff, Arizona. It is within delightful Coconino County which is part of the Grand Canyon State.
A ranch style home, with a ranch style feel. It sits on two and a half acres, has breathtaking views of the San Francisco Peaks and is completely surrounded by wildflowers. Each room has large windows allowing in plenty of . The fenced backyard has large pine trees, and an elevated garden that produces some of the biggest vegetables you have ever seen. There are call buttons in every room of the home, with a 24 hour certified caregiver available any time of day.
First of all, we need to define "assisted living home", because many people often confuse them with "nursing homes". Nursing homes are for very sick individuals who can no longer care for themselves on any level, and need nurses or doctors present 24 hours a day for serious medical conditions. They can be great for people that need that sort of help, but may be very sad places (socially and mentally) for someone who just needs assistance with some aspects of daily living. The main goal of an assisted living home should be to provide assistance in a safe environment (24 hour staff trained for medical emergencies) where it's residents can enjoy socializing with other people in a home-like setting.
Assisted living homes provide help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This is a common term in the industry, and It covers all the things you might do on a daily basis. Such as brushing your teeth, showering, toileting, medication administration, preparing and eating meals. Typically doctors and caregivers are very interested in ADLs because they are the bread and butter of living your life indepently.
Everyone that lives a long life will eventually come to a point where they need assistance with the challenges of daily living and maintaining their health. The sad part is most people only begin to realize they need help when it is too late. If you hurt yourself, even if it wasn't your fault, a family member or even a social worker may determine that you need to be placed in a facility for round the clock supervision. But don't blame them, they are just trying to make sure you are safe. The problem with that is you will need to take what is available at the time, which in most cases may not be the place you want to be.
We emphasize dignity, privacy and care. Care not only for the body, but the mind, heart and soul as well. Our specialized care plans not only follow all of the Arizona Department of Health regulations, but are tailored to meet their emotional needs as well. We will always try to encourage the residents to do things for themselves unless it causes pain or discomfort. By helping themselves we can promote a physical and mental well being that can make them feel healthier and more independent.
Many seniors are faced with some form of dementia that can cloud their memory and steal their identity. This can be very hard for families to endure. Our caregivers have certified training to handle dementia with complete patients and understanding.
There are three types of care plans that we offer our residents: supervisory, personal and directed. Shortly after admission our nurse will visit with the resident and develop a care plan that outlines their current physical and mental statis, as well as the types of care required to ensure they are safe and comfortable. From there our nurse will visit with them periodically to update the care plan, and make sure they are getting the care they need. Families are encouraged to review these care plans to get an understanding of how their loved one is doing.
Growing old is something that is inevitable. By putting ourselves in the shoes of our residents, we are making changes to set the standard for senior assisted living. They have worked hard, raised families and may have done things to make the world a better place for future generations. They deserve the best and that's just what we offer.