In a recent blog post, Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement / life plan community in Naperville, IL, announced the launch of their new home health program called Monarch at Home. Designed for independent living residents who require assistance and wish to remain living within their apartments, this program brings services to residents that were previously provided by outside agencies.
According to Associate Executive Director Kelli Cox, the program can save residents money because it offers visits lasting 15 minutes or so, as opposed to the one-hour increments typically charged by outside agencies. The program provides a range of services including care companions to assist residents with outings, personal care, domestic chores and other tasks they may need help with. There is always a nurse available on-site so that Monarch at Home can coordinate medications and provide additional services like injections, wound care and more.
Community Marketing Director Kimberly Giudice emphasizes the value of the program for couples where one spouse needs assistance. By providing these services on-site, couples can stay in independent living longer and maintain their independence. When matching caregiver companions with residents, Monarch at Home takes great care to ensure an appropriate fit. The caregivers are employees of Monarch Landing and undergo thorough background checks and adhere to rigorous guidelines. Residents have the opportunity to meet prospective caregivers before assignments are made.
Monarch Landing is owned and managed by Harrison, NY-based Senior Care Development and partners with Life Care Services. Other continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have also expanded their offerings to include home health programs like Monarch at Home.