Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About Assisted Living in Missouri
We understand that choosing a residential care home is not an easy decision. We also know that families want to be sure that the home they choose will meet all physical and emotional needs and provide an atmosphere of simple, quality living. Most families tend to have many questions when first considering a residential home, which is why our staff has chosen to include some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear at Caregivers Inn.
Caregivers Inn FAQ
Assisted Living FAQ
Caregivers Inn FAQ
Why do people choose Caregivers Inn?
Our surveys indicate that the top three reasons why people choose Caregivers Inn for themselves or their loved ones are the following:
- The friendliness of our staff
- The cleanliness of our facility
- The small, personal size of our home
What type of residents live at Caregivers Inn?
Caregivers Inn is an all-walking environment. Residents may use walkers and canes. All residents must be able to locate a pathway to safety in the event of an emergency (find an exit).
Residents must be able to toilet themselves and must have bowel control. If they do not have bladder control and use adult Depends, reminders are given to residents to toilet and check their Depends regularly. Staff will provide assistance with changing of Depends if needed.
Residents must also be able to feed and dress themselves. Dressing assistance is provided if help is needed with shoes, socks, bras, zippers, laying out of clothing, color coordination and other similar matters.
Can residents stay for a short period of time?
Yes. Caregivers Inn offers respite care stays for a minimum of two weeks. In addition, we also offer hospice care (for terminally ill residents).
Can special dietary needs be met?
Every resident is provided three nutritious meals per day and two snacks. We have a dietary staff that is trained to handle the needs of diabetics, religious diets and other special situations. However, a resident requiring a Renal Diet or a strict Calculated Diet would not be a candidate for Caregivers Inn.
Can residents have their own phones?
Yes, each room in our facility is equipped with a phone jack for a private line. Simply contact CenturyLink Phone Company for startup service information. The phone bill may be mailed directly to residents or another responsible party.
Can residents have pets?
Caregivers Inn does not allow pets, as other guests may have allergies or aversions to animals.
Can residents keep their cars at Caregivers Inn?
Yes, as long as there is a doctor's order allowing them to drive. We also have ample parking on site.
What is not covered by monthly room and board?
The costs not covered in the monthly room and board are the following:
- Personal phone service
- Field trip expenses
- Home health care
- Occupational, physical or speech therapy
- Portable or personal oxygen units
- Significant medical products or equipment
- Toiletry items, such as soap, toothpaste, etc.
- Beauty salon permanents, haircuts and coloring
Medicare may cover the cost of home health care, medications, therapy and pharmaceutical equipment. Included in the monthly room and board charges are a weekly shampoo and set for women and a monthly haircut for men.
Does Caregivers Inn accept Medicaid?
Caregivers Inn is not a Medicaid provider and therefore is not a participant in the Personal Care Program. However, a resident may be eligible for the Cash Grant Program funded through Medicaid. In addition to private pay, other possible funding sources include the Veterans Administration (VA) and Long Term Care Insurance. VA assistance is available only if the resident or spouse served in the military during active war time.
How many staff members are on site?
Although we are a small and homelike facility, Caregivers Inn purposely overstaffs beyond what is legally required of any residential living facility. This allows all of our guests to benefit from personalized service and genuine relationships. Our compassionate nursing staff are all certified and have years of experience. We also have Licensed professional nurses, registered nurses and two licensed nursing home administrators on site. Every member of our staff must undergo a criminal background check prior to hiring, as well as a check to ensure that their certifications or professional licenses are legitimate and in good standing with the appropriate organzations.
What are visiting hours?
Caregivers Inn allows families and friends to visit residents 24/7. Socialization is an important part of our home and we would never discourage anyone from visiting their loved ones.
Is Caregivers Inn a state licensed facility?
Yes. Caregivers Inn is licensed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which permits our home to provide nursing services.
Assisted Living FAQ
What exactly is assisted living?
Assisted living facilities and communities are designed to provide living arrangements to residents who are no longer willing or able to live on their own. There are different levels of care that facilities can provide and they can range from independent living arrangements to full term care. Viewed as the best of both worlds, assisted living facilities are often considered more appealing than nursing homes because they offer a more homelike atmosphere and a community of higher functioning residents. They also provide guests with as much independence as they want while also ensuring that care is always available and nearby.
What is the difference between an assisted living facility and a nursing home?
Independent and assisted living is designed for anyone over the age of 55 who still has the ability to maintain some independence and their activities of daily living but can also benefit from assistance. Support is always available and provided and activities and amenities are a regular part of daily life. Nursing homes are primarily for residents who have a much higher level of physical, emotional and medicinal needs.
How important is it to learn about a facility before making a decision?
Considering assisted living options is no easy task, but it should be an integral part of your decision process. The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), the largest national association dedicated to senior living communities, states that these major life decisions should be made after thorough research into your facility of choice. Independence, respect, privacy, religious freedom, the right to voice grievances when they arise, and attentive and personal care for residents should be essential factors that you consider. At Caregivers Inn, these attributes are provided simply because we genuinely care about residents and employ staff members who truly enjoy what they do for a living.
More questions? Contact us today!
If you have any additional questions about Caregivers Inn, our services or our staff, or any concerns that we may be able to alleviate, feel free to contact us for more information. We also offer tours of our home so that you and your family can visit Caregivers Inn and experience the unique and caring atmosphere of our home.