Assisted Living and Mid Care

Assisted Living and mid care

Pembury Sandton assisted living / mid care

Which retirement lodges provide assisted living and mid care accommodation?

Assisted living and mid care accommodation (synonyms to describe a set of services) is provided in retirement suites and apartments at all the Pembury retirement lodges, namely Pembury MelrosePembury Sandton, Pembury Finch Haven in Fairland and Pembury Magaliesburg.

Assisted living and mid care is provided on a rental and purchase basis.

What services does assisted living include?

Assisted living includes the following services, most of which are included in the monthly levy and some which are available at a small extra charge:

  • Accommodation
  • Healthy meals
  • Housekeeping
  • Light caregiving assistance
  • Access to facilities like library and movie room

Optional extras at small additional fee:

  • Laundry (optional extra,except at Pembury Magaliesburg & Pembury Plett where its included in rate)
  • Extra nursing care / caregiver assistance (optional extra)
  • Parking (optional extra)
  • Panic button (optional extra)
  • In-house telephone line (optional extra)
  • Accommodation
  • Caregiver assistance and/or nursing care
  • 3 healthy home cooked meals per day
  • Regular refreshment
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Access to facilities like library, movie rooms, visiting hairdresser and therapists
  • Panic button
  • Shuttle to shops
  • Community entertainment and activities
What is assisted living and mid care?

Aging may bring physical and cognitive changes; surviving these changes necessarily entails accepting the changes and then deciding what adaptation you should implement to manage the change effectively.  When you choose the right retirement home to suit your care need, you exercise control over your care decisions and adapt intelligently.  If you need nursing help or caregiver assistance to live safely, most ideally that caregiver assistance and nursing help should be easily able to access your retirement home, their work should be supervised and other tasks of daily living – like meals and housekeeping tasks – should also be considered.

Assisted living (sometimes referred to as mid care) is a lifestyle where – in addition to housekeeping services – you have access to nursing care and caregiver assistance, in the comfort of your Pembury retirement home.  This support includes assistance with instrumental activities of daily living and personal activities of daily living, as well as nursing assistance.

The nursing care consists of administration of medication, wound dressings, health supervision, monitoring and reporting.  Caregiver assistance would include help with bathing, dressing, mobility and personal care.  The assisted living resident is accommodated in their own Pembury suite or apartment and when help is required, a caregiver provides home care in that Pembury apartment.  Assisted living residents derive great benefit from being part of a retirement community.  Social support and the peace of mind of knowing that assistance is always available are important parts of health management.

Who needs assisted living and mid care?

Assisted living is suited to any person requiring support for instrumental activities of daily living and activities of daily living; any person who is experiencing the physical changes that are commonly associated with aging (e.g. hearing loss, vision impairment, mobility challenges, cognitive  changes), or due to the changes that are commonly associated with  arthritis, cancer, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, hip replacements, musculo-skeletal disorders, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and so on.

Seniors who do well in ALFs often enter the senior care community at a younger or more physically stable stage and can stay in their familiar surroundings until the end of life (a concept known as “aging in place”). Barring any serious injury or medical problems that would necessitate continual medical care, interventions can be provided by the facility as necessary.

What is the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?

Assisted living communities came about in the early 1990s as a response to the institutional setting often found in nursing homes at the time.  These institutional style nursing homes were also known as old age homes and gave rise to a set of negative perceptions and myths about aging.

Aging is the pinnacle of a lifespan; as with all life stages, it requires growth, adaptation and intelligence.  Modern research done much to dispel myths about aging and to improve environments for older adults, to transition the benefits of an old age home into more modern environments.  Research shows that older adults definitely benefit from being in a retirement community; however, they also need to have a sense of control over their environment, like they do at home.

The concept of assisted living arises from those insights.  Residents who prefer to receive supportive services in a more home-like atmosphere, and yet to enjoy the security, professional support and social atmosphere of a communal environment have been opting for assisted living ever since.

Accommodation in assisted living communities is often larger than that provided in a nursing home, and has a home-like atmosphere.  The accommodation often consists of private suites or apartments that are made comfortable with the residents’ own furnishings and decorations. Caregivers and service strive to respect resident privacy whenever possible and to support an atmosphere of independence and autonomy.

In South Africa, the terms ‘assisted living’ and ‘mid care’ tend to be used as though they are interchangeable, since they refer to the same set of services (caregiver/nursing assistance, healthy home cooked meals, laundry, housekeeping).  However, technically ‘assisted living’ refers to a more home-like apartment, and mid care refers to accommodation that is more immediately situated near to a nurses station.