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Q: What is meant by a small-B facility?
A: Small B Facility = A facility licensed for 16 or fewer residents. In a Type B facility, a resident may:

Require staff assistance to evacuate
Require attendance during nighttime sleeping hours
Be incapable of following directions under emergency conditions;
and require assistance in transferring to and from a wheelchair,
but must not be permanently bedfast.

Q: What is a PBH Residential Care Home?

A: PBH RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES takes an existing private home in an established neighborhood, fully renovates it to accommodate a small number of aging-in-place seniors where each resident receives 24/7/365 credentialed compassionate care. All PBH RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES are real homes that happen to be licensed small-B assisted living communities. A PBH RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME fosters a family-like environment with tasteful appointments, nutritious home cooked meals, a safe environment and beautifully landscaped grounds centrally located to major hospitals and easily accessible to highways and main thoroughfares. When moving into a 'home' environment, we have seen first-hand that it is a common occurrence for a resident to experience a smooth transition without the trauma commonly associated with moving into a 'facility'.

Q: What is included in my monthly fee?
A: Care Amenities:

Family home environment
Assistance with bathing, grooming and dressing
Assistance with mobility
1:6 Maximum ratio of staff to resident (in many cases a smaller ratio)
24/7/365 'Always Awake' staff on site
Registered Nurse Director supervision
Certified Assisted Living Manager for each home
Certified, attentive and compassionate staff
Monitoring of weight and blood pressure
House call doctor services available
Exercise programs / Daily Activities
3 Nutritious meals a day

General Amenities:

Fully renovated private home
Clean, bright and cheerful surroundings with maintained grounds
Beautiful appointments for common areas
Housekeeping services
Laundry services
All utilities included
Flat-screen TVs with basic cable services provided
Private telephone in every room w/unlimited long distance calls
Tranquil outdoor settings
Use of recycled and sustainable products in construction / Energy Star efficient
Wheelchair accessible throughout
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Designed Renovations

Q: What is dementia? Does PBH accept residents with dementia / memory issues?

A: Dementia: Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the 2nd most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as 'senility' or 'senile dementia', which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.

People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood. Core mental functions significantly impaired by dementia include: memory, communication and language, ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning and judgment, visual perception. Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells interfering their ability to communicate with each other. Yes, most of our residents experience some level of memory issues and many of our caregivers have additional training and skills in handling memory care issues. However, since residential care homes are a smaller environment, two characteristics would prevent PBH's ability to accept someone with memory issues, dementia or Alzheimer's.

If the resident is:
Combative - where the senior tries to hit or attack the caregiver; screaming, abusive language
A wanderer - where the senior tries extreme measures to escape his / her surroundings

Q: What are the general characteristics of a resident in a residential care home assisted living community?
A: According to the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), the following are general characteristics of someone who may qualify to live in an assisted living residential care home:
Needs assistance with mobility, bathing, dressing and grooming
May require routine skin care, such as application of lotions
May need reminders to encourage toilet routine and prevent incontinence
May require temporary services by professional personnel, i.e. home health care, hospice, physical therapist
May need assistance with medication: supervision of self-medication, or administration of medication
May require encouragement to eat
May need help with personal hygiene
May be experiencing incontinence issues
May require an established therapeutic diet
May be experiencing loneliness and / or depression
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