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Let’s Get Physical! Assessing and Anticipating the Physical Needs of Clients
We at Stellar pride ourselves on our thorough assessment of our clients and always consider who they are as unique individuals. Not only do we take into account their social, cognitive, clinical needs, but we also evaluate their physical needs. And the good news is our associate, Wesley Morrow is a physical therapy assistant (PTA) so he brings a wealth of knowledge to our Stellar team.
Considering our client’s existing and anticipated ambulation and transfer needs is incredibly important when determining the right long term housing option, whether it be in an independent living or larger assisted living community, memory care or a residential setting.
Independent living communities are wonderful for individuals that are able to walk or use a wheelchair independently longer distances, considering the size of the community. Residents in independent living must also be able to transfer without assistance in and out of bed, on and off the commode, in and out of a wheelchair, etc.
Larger assisted-living communities are a great fit for individuals that can ambulate longer distances, again considering the size of the community, and transfer independently or with the assistance usually of just one person. Most larger assisted livings, with anywhere from a 1:10 – 1:15 caregiver to resident ratio, cannot accommodate transfer needs that require more than one person’s assistance.
Memory care communities can generally accommodate most anyone’s physical needs. Because memory care communities usually provide a caregiver ration of 1:8 or better and cater to more residents, they have the staffing required to assist individuals with ambulation to help maintain their independence. Memory cares staffing ratios also often allow for safe transfers with the assistance of one or even two caregivers.
Residential assisted living homes generally only employ one caregiver at any given time and therefore can only provide transfers with the assistance of one person. However, we are fortunate to have a handful of residential assisted-living options in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho that do provide two staff members throughout the day and can accommodate transfers that require the assistance of two people.
Considering all aspects of an individual is so important when determining what senior living option is appropriate, especially the existing and anticipated ambulation and transfer needs of the client.