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What are the 3 levels of Care in Assisted Living?

  • “Directed care services” means programs and services, including supervisory and personal care services, that are provided to persons who are incapable of recognizing danger, summoning assistance, expressing need or making basic care decisions.
  • “Supervisory care services”means general supervision, including daily awareness of resident functioning and continuing needs, the ability to intervene in a crisis and assistance in the self-administration of prescribed medications.
  • “Personal care services”means assistance with activities of daily living that can be performed by persons without professional skills or professional training and includes the coordination or provision of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments by a nurse.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are raising awareness about important care issues for people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, more than 1.65 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” says J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals don’t only provide quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.

We at Villa Serene Assisted Living have had the privilege working with many wonderful Hospices’ over the last 10 years. While there are close to 100 different Hospices in Arizona, not all Hospices are alike. It is a very important decision to make when deciding on the care of a loved one. We would be happy to get you in touch with several great Hospice social workers and advisors in your area. Please call us at (623) 258-8338 for more information.

What the 4th of July means to me

Independence Day

The 4th of July is a truly important day in our national history.  A patriotic holiday – A memorable event – A day America declared their independence.  It tells the world who we are and what we represent. Our pride, liberty, freedom to live in peace, the pursuit of happiness and the ability to live the American Dream.

The marching bands, the “Boston Pop”, the fireworks fill me with a sense of commitment to all I hold dear. These freedoms were won at great expense. The Wars, the losses, this is the cross we wear proudly.

I do not know what the future holds for the United States. At our worst, we are misunderstood by some around the World. At our best, we stand for Freedom!

I served my country during the Korean War, proudly serving from 1950 – 1953. My memories have faded of Wartime. Though, I will never forget the sacrifice of my fallen brothers and all the Americans who lost someone during the many wars in our Nation’s history.

I hope that on this 4th of July, during the Barbeques, family events and Fireworks displays, we all take a moment to honor our Veterans, past and currently serving; our Nation, and all that it stands for, and the people who proudly call this great nation, the mighty and strong U. S of A – Home!

Barry Mehden

Ret. Sergeant First Class

United States Army

Resident at Villa Serene Assisted Living