Respite care is being offered at the Cottages of Green Valley for all levels of care including Alzheimer’s residents.
The memory care and assisted living care facility at 2620 Robindale Road in Henderson provides this service all year long for stays ranging from three days to three weeks with no required long-term commitment.
“The word respite refers to short stay,” said Trudy Andrews, the administrator for Cottages of Green Valley. “This can be like a vacation for seniors. The Cottages makes their beds, provide the meals and reminds them to take their medications along with help getting dressed, if needed.”
Andrews said that family members who provide care also need an occasional break, so the time away is much needed a few times a year.
According to Cadry Genana, the managing member of the Cottages, respite care provides the advantage of a resident being able to try life at the Cottages before deciding if the community is right for them.
“Providing care is a full-time job whether the loved one is staying at home or at the Cottages,” Andrews said. “While an at-home caregiver is taking that much-needed break, they can bring their loved one here for care.”
According to Andrews, Cottages provides the same care for respite residents as it does for full-time residents. Some residents who visit come back to stay at the Cottages long-term.
“They receive three meals a day, transportation, activities and 24-hour staffing,” Andrews said. “The respite lets them see what assisted living really is. They find it more comfortable and fun than they expected.
Andrews said those wanting to utilize the program need to make reservations 24 hours in advance. A daily fee is charged for the services.
“The respite care program has proven very popular,” Andrews said. “In fact, many times respite residents turn into full-time residents once the families discover the benefits of the Cottages.”
Andrews said as many as five respite residents are at the Cottages at any one time. “The summer is very popular for our respite care program because of the vacations that people take during that time of the year,”
The Cottages offers all-single-story residences with no long corridors. A high caregiver ratio ensures attention for residents.
Andrews said the Cottages provides a home-like environment within the security of a gated community.
“There are 12 residents in each cottage,” she said. “Residents have a better opportunity to socialize here. Meals are served family-style meaning they are not in a huge dining room. This is a smaller and more intimate setting.”
Additionally, the Cottages has two activity directors for a community of less than 100 residents.
“The key here is to keep our residents active,” Andrews said. “It helps keep their minds stimulated. The resident enjoys the same independence they had at home. In fact, some have more freedom here than they did at home.”
One of the residents who first visited the Cottages on a respite basis is Margaret Calegory.
“This is the best place that I could have found to live because all of the people who work here and who live here are so nice,” Calegory said.
The Cottages of Green Valley is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Scheduled evening tours are welcome. For more information, call 992-0000 or by visiting cottagesgv.com.