Super-short-term stay model helps with therapy and laundry
Need some short-term help getting back on your feet after surgery but don’t need to be in a formal assisted living or skilled nursing unit? Still need some help even after the hospital or rehab says you’re “ready to go home”?
Sage Senior Living, a three-location provider in Pennsylvania and Maryland, has launched a new service model for short-term recuperative services that don’t require formal registration in a skilled nursing center.
The “restorative health stay” is designed for those who need some very short-term supportive care after a hospital stay or a medical procedure, but don’t need to be in a skilled nursing environment. Participants will have 24-hour access to care staff, medication management assistance and rehabilitation therapies as well as cruise-ship-style amenities within the community, including laundry services, meal preparation, transportation and concierge services.
The program fills a void in the healthcare system for those who want the full service of an established senior living community rather than home care services, and can be a boon for those who live alone or whose families are too far away to assist. The service also serves as a “test drive” of the community, which executives hope will form loyalty bonds for later when full services may justify a move-in.
Pamela Tabar was editor-in-chief of I Advance Senior Care from 2013-2018. She has worked as a writer and editor for healthcare business media since 1998, including as News Editor of Healthcare Informatics. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in English from the University of York, England.