Options Abound For Elderly In Rim Country

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Senior residents of the Rim Country have an array of care options available — including no-care communities.

The variety of options was presented at a “How May We Health You” program.

Organized by Scott Flake and representatives from the health care and senior services industry, the event was part of the ongoing Business Buzz programs sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation.

No-care options include the residential facilities of Canal Senior Apartments, Payson Senior Apartments and Pine View Manor. Powell House and Rim Country Health and Retirement Community also offer residential facilities for seniors.

Another no-care option is the Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim. Each facility has a variety of benefits for its residents. Some provide transportation, security, meals, light housekeeping, organized group activities and nonmedical care.

Should the need arise, arrangements can be made for varying levels of medical care, either through the facility itself or by making arrangements with the Payson Regional Home Health Agency or Comfort Keepers.

If a higher level of care is needed, either on a temporary or long-term basis, Powell House, RCHRC and Payson Care Center all have the professional staff and resources. Clients can receive skilled nursing care, restorative nursing care, respite care and, in some cases, special services for those with dementia-type conditions.

Payson Care Center is also able to provide a number of outpatient services, such as rehabilitation through physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Hospice Compassus (formerly RTA Hospice) provides care for those with life-limited illnesses.

This care can be provided at the residence of the client, including “residences” that are in other facilities, at the home of a loved one or at the Hospice House.

Representatives from many of these facilities spoke about their services and the “Continuum of Care” available to residents of the Rim Country — and others — at the Sept. 15 program.

The fact that so many different facilities were represented on the panel was illustrative of the cooperation that exists in the health care and senior services community in the area.

Several of the speakers talked about the cooperative spirit and the fact that the goal of all the providers is to make sure their clients/patients get the right and best care for their needs.

“We trade clients back and forth all the time,” said Harvey Pelovsky, director of RCHRC, and one of its owners.

Another common denominator among the facilities is a willingness to work with clients or their designated representatives on financing the care their health requires. As part of the discussion, several recommended investing in a long-term care insurance policy before it is needed, and becoming familiar with the care benefits in existing policies and through Medicare — either for themselves or elderly loved ones.

To learn first-hand what is available from area health care and senior service providers, all the facilities are open for pre-arranged visits by those interested.

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