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Not All Long-Term Care Facilities Are Created Equal

Assisted Living facilities

Long term care facilities come in all shapes and form; small Group Homes, larger Group Homes and custom built small and large Assisted Living facilities to Nursing Homes.

 

Generally speaking, there are two types of long-term care facilities: (1) nursing homes; and (2) assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, the news media does not make a distinction between these two types of care facilities, and the two thus tend to get lumped together in media coverage of the spread of the pandemic and its toll on the elderly in terms of the number of infections and deaths.

 

The high rates of infections and deaths that are reported in the news apply mainly to nursing homes, not to assisted living facilities. A study published in late May in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the spread of COVID-19 and the infection and death rates were much lower in assisted living facilities compared to nursing homes. One of the main reasons is that insenior home care services, each resident has his or her own living space, whereas in nursing homes, several residents may share a single room, thus making isolation extremely difficult and making the spread of any viral infection much easier. Also, nursing homes tend to have large communal spaces, such as dining rooms, where residents gather for meals and other activities several times a day, where social distancing is almost impossible.

 

It is important to note that AlfredHouse is not a nursing home. It has several small and not so small boutique assisted living facilities, which provide highly personalized and individualized care to their residents. At AlfredHouse facilities, each caregiver is assigned only four residents to care for. This is in sharp contrast to nursing homes. An investigation by PBS Newshour in 2018 of a leading for-profit nursing home in upstate New York revealed that on low-staffing days and weekends, each caregiver who reported to work had to attend to 18 residents. Such situations result in compromised quality of care, heightened level of stress for staff and residents, greater neglect of residents, and inadequate cleaning and maintenance—all of which are easy targets for infections within a nursing home.

 

During the pandemic, it was reported that caregivers were forced to come in to work, even if they had symptoms associated with COVID-19. Stressed schedules and poor working conditions result in a high rate of turnover of caregiving staff, or staff taking additional jobs at the same time at multiple facilities. This has been identified as one of the major causes of COVID-19 infection spread from one nursing home to another. At AlfredHouse, the caregivers have a manageable work load (1:4 staff to resident ratio) with low stress levels to ensure that they have the job satisfaction, hence they do not need to seek additional employment.

 

During the pandemic there was a great shortage of personal protective equipment across the industry. AlfredHouse has ensured an abundant supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and has conducted regular COVID-19 testing for staff and residents.

 

AlfredHouse is a relatively safe place for you if you are an elderly person requiring assisted living, or for your loved one if he or she requires such care.

 

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Testimonials

“I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful, loving care that my mother received during her stay at AlfredHouse...
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2017-09-26T16:59:12+00:00
“I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful, loving care that my mother received during her stay at AlfredHouse Florence.” Linda Colarco

“We want to express our gratitude for the loving care, attention, and peaceful environment that AlfredHouse provided Bette during these...
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2017-09-26T16:59:23+00:00
“We want to express our gratitude for the loving care, attention, and peaceful environment that AlfredHouse provided Bette during these last four years. We are confident that you and your staff made her as comfortable and happy as possible under the circumstances. You have our deepest appreciation.” Cory Tylka

“This is an expression of my sincere appreciation for the excellent care that my spouse has received – especially while...
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2017-09-26T16:59:34+00:00
“This is an expression of my sincere appreciation for the excellent care that my spouse has received – especially while I was away. It would not be fair for me to single out any one person, for I feel that he has been treated kindly and professionally by everyone concerned. Again, I would like to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to all.” LaVerne Glascoe

“One comes across angels in one’s life at the right time and in the right place. Shane, you are one...
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2017-09-26T16:59:47+00:00
“One comes across angels in one’s life at the right time and in the right place. Shane, you are one of those angels. You enhanced the quality of our dad’s final days and you provided unconditional support ‑ and you your time ‑ to us as we traveled an uncharted path. What more can we say than ‑ thank you once more.” Marilyn and Jerry

I would like to let you know that this home is one of the nicest, and most pleasant that I...
AlfredHouse Assisted Living, Inc.
2017-09-26T16:59:59+00:00
I would like to let you know that this home is one of the nicest, and most pleasant that I deal with. The residents always seem quite happy. It is always a pleasure to come here work with my patient.” Terry Elan, CP Home Prosthetic Care
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