Senior Housing and Care Alternatives
Retirement Communities: Independent Living and Assisted Living
Residents who need no assistance with daily activities and can manage their own personal care and medications are eligible to move into an independent living community. Planned activities, spiritual services, transportation, some meals, shopping, barber and beauty shop services, banking and other services are available at most of these facilities. Resurrection has four independent living communities:
- Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community, La Grange Park
- Casa San Carlo Retirement Community, Northlake (adjacent to Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center)
- Resurrection Retirement Community, northwest side of Chicago (adjacent to Resurrection Life Center)
- Saint Andrew Life Center, Niles
These communities provide help with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom. They may also help with care most people do themselves â€“ for instance taking medicine or using eye drops, as well as additional services like getting to appointments or preparing meals. However, around-the-clock skilled care is not necessary. Residents live in their own room or apartment within a building and have their meals together. Social and recreational activities are provided. Assisted living residents pay a regular monthly rent, and also pay additional fees for the services they get. Three of Resurrection's retirement communities provide assisted living services:
Catered Living is a form of assisted living care offered at Bethlehem Woods. Independent living residents can remain in their own apartments in the Oakwood Manor building, but receive assisted living care and services without having to move.
Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers
Skilled Nursing Care
Residents with chronic health conditions require additional medical and nursing care. Skilled nursing and rehabilitation care facilities provide nursing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These facilities are designed for residents who are unable to care for themselves, or who may require special nursing and/or rehabilitative care. All of Resurrection's nursing facilities provide skilled nursing and rehabilitative care:
- Ballard Rehabilitation, Des Plaines
- Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Glenview
- Resurrection Life Center, on the northwest side of Chicago (adjacent to Resurrection Retirement Community)
- Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Park Ridge
- Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Niles
- Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Northlake (adjacent to Casa San Carlo Retirement Community)
Subacute rehabilitation is designed to build strength and endurance in residents who have an acute illness or injury, or following surgery such as a hip replacement. This goal-oriented program helps residents continue to receive the therapy they require while they prepare to return to normal daily life. Subacute rehabilitation also provides residents advanced therapy, to allow them to be transitioned to outpatient rehabilitation or home care. Each patient receives therapy from an entire team of experienced professionals, led by a Physiatrist (a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and / or a Physician Assistant or Advanced Nurse Practitioner. They physician regularly reviews each patient's plan of care to monitor progress and can visit anywhere from two to five times per week. The subacute model is based on standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Therapy is provided five to seven days a week, and nursing care also is available 24 hours a day. Subacute rehab is available at all of Resurrection's nursing homes.
Residents who are dependent upon medical and nursing supervision, those who are unable to handle the activities of daily living and/or lack bladder or bowel control may need intermediate care. Confusion or decreased cognitive ability may also require increased supervision and care.
Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia may require intermediate or skilled care in a specialized nursing unit. In addition to nursing care, therapy and activities are used to help residents. All of Resurrection's nursing homes provide care for residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias, and Saint Andrew Life Center has a Memory Care "neighborhood" for residents with dementia.
Respite care offers care on a short-term basis. This service is usually offered for the purpose of letting caregivers "take a break" for a brief period, from a few days to a week or more. Respite care is available at these Resurrection nursing homes: