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The following podcast is provided by care partners living and answers for elders radio, and welcome back everyone to answers for elders radio. And we are here again with Kelly Smith from care partners livingcom. I’m going to put your website there because obviously we’ve had a great conversation about, you know, brand new hope for what’s happening and certainly talking about the whole lifestyle of assistant living and and senior living. And I really would like to spend this last, you know, segment with you that we have and talked a little bit about. You know how I know you have a brand new community in Quella. Tell us a little bit about that, Kel we have a brand new community and fuel up, but I consider this fuels best kept secret. It’s our remodel that we’ve been able to license just in the last couple of months and it is just Amal. This building is quite the icing on on our company’s portfolio. It’s gorgeous, but the care of the well team is set up and everything you’ve got going on, We have a very well oiled machine. We brought in people that already work for our company and have been very successful that came in and kind of helped put this team together. So, like the executive director might be new here at well up, but she’s been with us for four years. So you know, all of our team members here are very well well trained, very excited about what they do. The food here, oh my God and old. I went on this huge diet before I was here all the time and I’m like stop fitting new the foods too good. But that’s one thing the residents have commented on. Our self is phenomenal and the food is fresh every day, three meals a day. It’s nice watching the residents get excited, you know, about about what the chef is cooking and he’s also doing a cooking class with them once a week, so they get to try something new and and kind of see how it’s made and and then, you know, I have some fun with it. So again, lots of lots of cool things to look forward to. This building also has the bonded pears that we had trademarked a couple of years ago. So we will not separate couples that don’t want to be separated just because one has a hier acuity or has her suffering from dementia. That’s heart ache and money and it’s the only thing to do. Really take somebody from their home of forty years, away from their spouse of fifty years and expect them to just go live in a memory care by themselves while the other spouses and assisted living? Why? Why would you do that? To say? So what we do here at, I said, we actually trade marked the bonded pairs here at pull up. So again, heart ache. You’re not worried about what’s happened. Mean when you’re loved one of the memory care, they’re not, you know, so the distraught because they hold there there by themselves. One it just the transition is so much smoother and again you get less trust residence. Plus they’re not paying for extra memory care they don’t need right. So that’s right, a lot of money. But again it’s that peace of mind is not what we’re feeling. So you have to look at an aspect of that and that bonded pairs some version. Yeah, so in a bonded prep pairs program I’m really interested in in that. You know, how how do you determine who is a good fit for a program like that? They have all shimmers in any form of dimension because dimension is the umbrella that all these different things done under right for everybody and in all Shimer’s and they could go on and on right into low pascular demension, all of that stuff right. But the guys of what their diagnosis is. If Dad has assistant living needs or nothing, he’s just independent, but he doesn’t want to give mom up. Yet MOM has dementia. They can both live in an assistant living apartment together as long as MOM’s not going to, you know, take off night go running down the street, right and say together. So then, but it doesn’t have to be mom and dad. It could be. We’ve had two sisters, we’ve had best prayer, we had a mother, we had a mother and daughter team. The daughter was develop mentally delayed and the MOM couldn’t give her up and we said, you know what, let’s give this a try and it worked. We did that one of other when we started our bonded pairs all these years ago. But what I’m saying is the bonded pair does not have to be in married male female couple. It can be anyone who wants to take care of when they love and and does not want to be separated from that person. Sure to sus. That is right. So to me the qualitization is anybody who loves somebody the dimensions, who wants to stay with them and help and help be part of their journey. We will not person away from you. That’s amazing. And how many buildings do you have this program in all of our assisted livings right now? Well, I’ll give you right now where it really is shining. Is Not like Paris, pall up, Covington will have it. The ones that also have the memory care piece is pretty big. That again. Do you want that memory care piece so that when the resident does get to that point? Absolutely, I do this and I do the bonded pairs in any of my buildings that I can. But those three, because of their assisted living, independent living and memory care, you’ve got that memory still. Take Dad. Dad Says Mom is living with Dad. Mom’s got dementia. Dad needs to go. Run hands be so afraid the leaver her. Don’t leave her. She’ll come to memory care with us for the day, make popcorn balls and going to have a good time and then when he comes back, time so she’s still in a good environment around good people, knowing he’s coming right back. But he knows she’s in a safe place while he’s gone. Yeah, and dad can be independent and he can run his errands and have his car and do whatever he needs to do. And yet he comes home to the fact that he knows that there’s, you know, nursing right down the hall if anything happens, and certainly he has support as well and helping her get, you know, dressed and bathed and groomed and medication management and all those things that are so vitally important exactly. And he’s going to have again to keep his quality of life. You have to handle this correctly. And so and what and what people don’t realize is, okay, so dad’s got mom and he’s going to go onto Maren’s, go get your go have lunch with his friends or whatever he’s going to go and do. Huh, and he’s going to leave mom with us for a couple of hours. What are we going to charge him for that? You know, probably I have no idea. Tell us we’re going to we’re going to charge him nothing, because that’s also part of the bonded pairs program. Is that when we’re going to take over for a little bit so that they can go do what they need to do and know they’re loved. One is safe. That’s pawn. His formid to provide. So those little hour of add up here and they’re they’re not going to get a bill for it. That’s just us being us, trying to be right in what we’re doing right and find and certainly and certainly a program like this. You guys are well enough verse to understand the difference between, you know, what’s needed out there. As far as as a program like that for a couple like mom and dad like you, just stray subscribed, because this is happening all over the place, where one a partner is, you know, is perfectly fine, but that the other one is challenged and to, you know, to split them up like that is just it’s even heartbreaking for both of them. And so what you’re doing is providing such an amazing opportunity for seniors to maintain their quality of life even better and again at a situation where you never have to worry about, you know, having to move because you ran out of money. That’s the other piece which is so huge. So so now tell us a little bit of you. I know you have we have just a humanist left. Tell us about your new community. If Hu al up and you mentioned something about a movement special I do right now because this community is so awesome and I feel like people haven’t got to hear about the remodel. You know this community, if you all have been here a long time, will be bought it years and two years ago it was just an old building. Old Buildings have problems. Old Buildings and moves work. It’s so old buildings and fancy hotels, all kinds of places have issues when they’re old builder and we made a decision that the problems weren’t going to fix themselves no matter how much money we threw at it. It’s time to just remodel. So we did. But we didn’t Remond to get rid of people who are on Medicaid, because that was the case, I wouldn’t keep taking Medicaid. So that’s not true. But we didn’t. We had to do because we needed to fix a fixed fix the building, make it look good, make it feel good, clean up any issues it might have had. We did this remodel and again I want people to know it’s here because it’s again peelp’s best kept secret. Fantastic food, awesome care, the Nursing Department here is phenomenal. They’re up for a customer service award already and they’ve only been in business two months. I was contacted just this week. So I mean it’s Noun what we’re hearing in the market place again, executive chef, the food he cooks is fantastic, and there’s activities, there’s life, there’s things happening here. So what I decided to do to let people know don’t miss out on a great opportunity right now. My online special. If you move it in the month of March, I will make your move in feet go away and I’ll pay your first month’s rent. That’s how much wants you to miss out on this and to spend down here also works. We will take you, knowing that you’re going to run out of money and I’m going to keep you and I’ll still honor that special. That’s how much I want people to know we’re here. They’re missing out and like the I’m amazing to Kellie, so so many of us are out there listeners. I may have a senior loved one that are concerned about, you know, their loved ones finances. The other thing is is they may not get their households right away if they may not have access to those funds, that they may be tied up in a house this this kind of a movement special would be amazing for a family to be able to get a house on market. I know that houses cell really quickly in this and then even through the pandemic, I’ve heard like I think it’s average is two days or something like that. So certainly this would be a wonderful option for a great way to have your mom or dad move in and be in a beautiful, brand new, literally brand new community. It tell us a little bit about the activities, just really quick. We’ve got about one minute left. The activity is what we’ve got. We’ve got musical guests that are coming into play for the residents in the dining room. We’ve got cheff Greg is doing a cooking class every week. Our activity room is blooming. We also have rehab in the buildings. Look, Rehab is here now five days a week. They actually have a sponsible the second floor, so our residents don’t even have to go anywhere for the school and occupational therapy. If they don’t want to, they can have it right here in the building. So the activities are going to beef up as the residents move in and tell us what kind of stuff they like. But we’re trying to ground them to understand we’re going to cater to what they want, and so we want their last the last however long they have left on this planet. We want it to rock. We want them to have that time ever, you know, and just and and and anything they want to do. We’re going to accommodate them well. We’re thrilled that you guys are there and most certainly for all of our listeners out there. Go to care partners livingcom and you’ll find that it’s called Vineyr Park. Is that correct? And Flap then you’re yeah, then your park of to open. Check out the virtual tour that’s been put on there and and the pictures. You get a really good idea. But we’re also able to do in person tours now because of the governor’s new phase two. So anybody would like to wander if get holding me online and I’d more than happy to show off this great community. We’re also planning leads are you’re pretty quick, and some outside food vendors just to be able to begin let people come see what we got. That would be us. Of Kelly, thank you so much for being on the show today. Thank you for having us. As always, we love you and appreciate what you do for our seniors. The preceding podcast was provided by care partners living and answers for elders radio. To contact care partners living, go to care partners livingcom
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