What is Assisted Living?


What is Assisted Living?
About 2 years ago my grandparents Nina and Leslie Boswell were living at home and doing pretty well. My grandpa was still driving and would make sure my grandma was dressed in clean clothes and helped her get in and out of the shower. My grandma was getting real forgetful and would ask the same questions over and over all day long. My grandpa had a lot of patience. He would make toast and hot chocolate for breakfast and some canned soup and/or sandwich of some sorts for dinner. But most days they would drive to Taco Bell and order a few items off the dollar menu. The staff were very kind and got to know my grandparents and their routine. However, one day my grandpa, who was the main caregiver was really sick and collapsed on the floor by the bed. We think he was there for almost 24 hours. Luckily my Dad went by and was alerted by the situation and called 911. When asking my grandma, what happened to grandpa, she wasn’t even aware anything happened to him nor knew where he was. My grandpa had a severe urinary tract infection and he almost died from it. He was in the hospital for about 3 days and then went to a rehab center for a few weeks where they took really good care of him even though he was really stubborn and didn’t think he needed to be there. My grandma couldn’t be alone so my mom, dad and family members made a schedule and everyone did as much as they could to make sure grandma was safe and taken care of. However, in just a couple of weeks we were all feeling the effects of being a caregiver and how exhausting it can be.
While my grandpa was in rehab my family and I started talking about what we were going to do with them. For the past 17 years I have been in the Assisted Living industry and my partners and I own/manage 23 communities in Utah and Arizona. We operate under SAL Management Group. My siblings and parents looked for me for answers regarding the care and situation. I recommended Our House Assisted Living of Ogden (which has the same management as Visions Assisted Living). We moved my grandparents to Our House of Ogden in July of 2015. In Our House of Ogden and Visions their are caregivers 24 hours a day to help the residents with their daily personal activities of daily living. For example, they helped my grandparents with showering, dressing, administering medications and much more. At first, my grandpa kept saying that they didn’t need to be there and that he could take care of grandma at home but we kept encouraging him to just take it one day at a time and enjoy the 3 home cooked meals a day, activities, and with the push of a button someone would get him whatever he wanted. For us as family members, it was such a relief that we didn’t have to worry about him being home alone and something really bad happening. We were fortunate that things happened they way they did.
If you or know of someone that is living at home and isn’t safe then please stop by to meet our staff and residents and see what Visions can do for you. We provide the following services.
Three meals daily
24 hour care
Life enhancing activities
Regular wellness checks by RN
Scheduled transportation
Housekeeping and linen service
Cable television
Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming
Medication administration
Laundry service
Escort to meals and activities
Assistance with ambulation and transfers
Incontinence care
Special diets
Eating assistance
These services are provided at Visions. Visions offers private studio and bathrooms at an affordable rate, individual controls for heating and A/C, and much more. Please contact us at 480-247-9880 or stop by.