Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement / life plan community in Naperville, IL, launched a new home health program called Monarch at Home. The program is designed for independent living residents who need assistance and want to remain living within their apartment,” Director of Monarch at Home Mychelle Benton said Wednesday in a blog post. This program helps residents stay in their units longer, as it brings services to residents that were traditionally available from outside agencies.
Monarch at Home can save residents money because the service can offer visits lasting 15 minutes or so, whereas outside agencies usually charge in one-hour increments, according to Associate Executive Director Kelli Cox. Services provided through the program include care companions to assist residents with outings, personal care, domestic chores, and other tasks they may require assistance with. There is always a nurse available, so Monarch at Home can also coordinate medications, and with a doctor’s order, provide injections, wound care and more.
In the words of Community Marketing Director Kimberly Giudice, the program is especially valuable for couples where one spouse needs assistance, as the program can help them remain in independent living longer. When matching caregiver companions with residents, the program takes careful steps to ensure an appropriate fit. The caregivers are staff members of Monarch Landing and undergo a thorough background check and rigorous guidelines. Residents have the opportunity to develop a relationship with their care companions, as the program allows them to meet prospective caregivers before assignments.
Monarch Landing, owned and managed by Harrison, NY-based Senior Care Development and partners with Life Care Services, is an equity partner with Life Care Services. Other CCRCs have also expanded their offerings to home care as well.