FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) It looks like in ordinary house in the Pine Valley subdivision on Fort Wayne’s north side, but it is anything but ordinary.
The four bedroom home at 12024 Westwind Drive is the first eldercare home of its kind in northeast Indiana. Soon, four seniors who require 24-hour care will call it home. They will each have their own bedroom and share a kitchen, formal living room and den.
“Each of the meals in the home are custom-made for the residents, any assistance that the residents may need with personal care, toileting, bathing, medication reminders and those types of things the staff takes care of all those needs here within the home,” TrueCare Homes President J. Bryan Nugen said.
The home has undergone months of remodeling to suit the needs of its soon-to-be residents, including chimes on doors and windows to help keep residents safe.
‘”We have a sprinkler system, we have a whole house generator, widened doorways and we have music that plays in the home as well for calming,” Nugen said.
Caregivers from People TrueCare will provide the 24-hour care. At least one caregiver, specifically trained to work with residents who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, will be in the home at all times. Memory loss is often a difficult diagnosis for the patient and family, that’s why TrueCare Homes is trying the alternative care option by opening a home to patients. Nugen said studies show living in a home setting while receiving care turns the best results.
“They are more agreeable to their environment and they succeed in dealing with the issue of a dementia diagnosis or an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, so in my opinion this is the direction in which memory care is heading,” Nugen said.
This will truly be their home. Nugen said family are highly encouraged to visit. If they can’t make it caregivers will provide daily updates online or even set up video chat sessions.
The new concept home is the first in our area, but Nugen said it won’t be the last.
“We’re looking at Dekalb County to Steuben County. Those are the areas that we’re currently providing services in through People TrueCare,” Nugen said.
The home just opened and is being shown to potential clients. Nugen said it will cost about $8,000 a month to cover housing, food and 24-hour care for patients.
You can contact TrueCare Homes at 866-573-4933 for more information or click here to visit their website.