We often receive questions about our total care options at Morningstar.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other dementias are debilitating diseases that are often associated with cognitive impairment, short term memory loss, and confusion.  However, the progression of these maladies often results in loss of physical function beyond needing assistance with mobility and transfers, using the restroom, getting proper nutrition, bathing, grooming and dressing, known as Activities of Daily Living.

In our homes, as residents progress and start receiving palliative or hospice care, and ultimately pass away in our care, they almost NEVER move to skilled nursing facilities.  When we are asked when we move residents to a higher level of care, we explain that in most cases we ARE the highest level of care.

The reason we can say this is that according to AARP, in institutional nursing facilities, 80% of residents need help with 4 or 5 activities of daily living and half the residents have dementia.

In our homes, nearly all our residents need assistance with 4 or 5 activities of daily living, and all have some form of dementia or cognitive impairment.  Resident with both cognitive impairment and physical limitations are among the most complex cases in the long-term, residential care setting.  And yet studies show that our residents live twice as long in our care as in skilled nursing facilities on average.

Residents who have a high need for skilled services, such as assistance with Traumatic Brain Injuries often live in specialty hospitals or in the long-term or intermediate care departments in hospitals.  Rural and small-town nursing facilities provide a lower level of services than these treatment centers.  In rural and small-town nursing facilities, a very small number of residents receive selected services like intravenous medications or severe diabetes management.  For the most part, the conditions of skilled nursing facility residents in our markets mirror the residents we care for every day!

A partial list of services the care teams provide in our homes, along with payer sources include:

  • Rehabilitation including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech (swallowing) Therapy (Medicare covered)
  • Wound care and other home health services (can be eligible for Medicare)
  • Hospice services (Medicare covered)
  • On site visits from a Gerontologist (Medicare covered)
  • On site visits from a Podiatrist (Medicare covered)
  • Diabetes management
  • Home and Community Based Services benefits for those who have exhausted their resources (a Medicaid program)
  • Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits can apply
  • Individualized activities, laundry, meal preparation, housekeeping and companionship
  • Complete medication management including pharmacy consultations and delivery (Medicare substantially covers)
  • Menus approved by Registered Dieticians
  • Licensed Registered and Practical Nurses working in the homes and available on-call 24 hours per day supervising State of Kansas Certified caregivers
  • A staff highly trained in providing dementia care
  • Our homes are licensed, regulated and regularly inspected by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas State Fire Marshal.
  • Exits secured so wandering residents are kept safe, with walking paths and backyard sitting areas to enjoy all that nature has to offer in soothing and quiet outdoor spaces.

With this high level of care, Morningstar Care Homes truly provides an alternative to Skilled Nursing Facilities. But we operate in residential neighborhood homes and settings where your loved ones receive all the benefits of being at home!

We invite you to schedule a tour our homes and see the difference that personal, individualized care planning will make in the quality of life your loved one receives.

 

 

~Scott Schultz, President