Touring prospective facilities before you make a decision is always a good idea. However, the best way to do this isn’t to call and set up an appointment. It is always easy to put the good foot forward when you know you might have a potential customer coming. I often advise families to simply stop by and look around. Ask questions of the staff, do they like working there, what do they enjoy about their job. After all they will be the ones who might possibly be caring for you or a loved one. Also, ask some of the residents how they like living there. Look to see not just how the staff interacts with the residents, but how the residents interact with the staff. They will offer you perhaps the most objectionable opinion.
When caring with someone with Alzheimer's/dementia it takes more than the right kind of person, it also takes the right kind of atmosphere. People who are afflicted with Alzheimer's/Dementia not only need a safe, calming environment, they need direction, and they need your time. At Flippo’s Carefree Living we believe that is both the quality of our staff, along with the size of our community that allow us to spend the necessary time working with your loved one in an environment where they can flourish.
At Flippo’s Carefree Living an important part of our approach to our residents with Alzheimer's is to try and help them an active part in their home. We try to have as little idle time as possible. Kay came to us from hospice house, and when she got here she was confused and lost. We learned from her daughter and husband that most of her life was spent keeping up her home and caring for her family; she always put their needs first. Knowing this we decided to let Kay help with some of the small tasks. She rolls silverware, waters the plants, and really enjoys folding towels. These things not only give her something to focus on, they also give her a sense of accomplishment. In helping Kay feel useful we have been able to tap into something that has greatly improved her overall quality of life.
Flippo’s Carefree Living also accommodates those who are seeking short term respite care. We offer fully furnished private rooms, so you can focus on recovery and not moving. There is no lease or deposit, and you will only pay for the days you are here. There are several different Home Health agencies with which we work closely with that are able to provide extensive physical and occupational therapy services to assist you on your road to recovery.
The Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are the routine tasks of everyday life. These tasks include toileting, transferring (walking), eating, dressing, bathing, and continence. Our care plans are tailored to the individual, so we can provide them with the necessary assistance, allowing them to age in place.
Weekly laundry and housekeeping are included in our base monthly rates. Both personal laundry and linens are washed separately folded and brought back to residents room. Additional housekeeping and laundry services are available as needed.
This service allows us to stay on top of your or a loved ones medications. The medicines are placed in an individual compartment on our medicine cart. Each time a medicine is given, we will have an aide present to make sure each resident is receiving the appropriate medicine at the appropriate time, as well as document that meds have been given. As part of this service we will also keep up with resident refills, and new prescriptions.
Without question one of the most anticipated parts of the day is our meal times. All of our meals are made from scratch, and the kitchen door is always open for anyone to look in and see and smell what's cooking. We think this is important, because this is a home, not a restaurant. Along with our regular meals, we can accommodate most special diets, as well as each residents like and dislike list. We encourage our residents to invite their friends and family to join them for meals at no charge, this is their home, and we want them to take pride in showing it off. Our meals times are 7:30 A.M., 12:00 P.M., and 5:00 P.M.,with snacks available through out the day or upon request.
Activities play an important role at Flippo's Carefree Living. From regular outings in our very own limo, to our ever competitive daily trivia sessions, we like to see our people active. However, in order for this to happen we must be doing things that people want to participate in, and, it can't always be bingo. For example, late this spring we held a resident fashion show with a local group of red hat ladies, all costumes were home made, and from contestants to spectators a great time was had by all!