Baby Boomers: Navigating the Complex World of Long Term Care | Health

We are frequently contacted by families who are perplexed and overwhelmed when faced with the increasing care needs of an elderly loved one. When a senior is no longer safe to live at home and family and friends are exhausted from caregiving, the process of finding alternative care becomes a pressing reality.

For many families, it is difficult to know where to go for answers and what the viable options are. Key questions include: Is a nursing home or assisted living more appropriate; what is the difference between a large and small facility; what services will be available; and what are the costs and how to pay for it?

At NorthCountry Manor, we not only provide Littleton’s best assisted living option, we work with any family seeking guidance or information regarding appropriate care and disposition.

At NorthCountry Manor we have helped many families with the transition to assisted living. We are specially trained in managing dementia as well as caring for residents who have multiple medical issues. We take pride in our ability to provide a stable routine and a sense of security for our residents as well as their families. NorthCountry Manor has an on-site RN directly supervising staff and involved in residents’ lives. She coordinates all resident care and service.

We are staffed 24 hours a day with competent, caring staff. Our resident to staff ratios are the best in Grafton County.

The environment here at NorthCountry Manor reflects the comforts of home. Residents eat together in a home-like dining room. All meals are home-cooked with local ingredients with an emphasis on “farm to table,” including some produce from our summer gardens. In the summer, the porch is a popular place to relax and catch up. We also enjoy monthly field trips, picnics, concerts in the park, and live music.

Because we are small, care can be precisely tailored to each resident’s individual unique needs, providing an assuring sense of security to both residents and families. We are able to identify concerns as they arise and address these concerns in a timely fashion. Our families have access to staff and management whenever a concern arises; we encourage families to communicate in person, on the phone, and via email.

Many seniors, especially those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, find larger, resort-like facilities overwhelming and confusing. Our smaller size allows for an easier transition into a new life chapter. With the stress common to life’s larger changes alleviated, residents find they are better able to maintain daily routines and enjoy their specific interests.

At NorthCountry Manor we have a single, all-inclusive monthly fee that is simple and straightforward. There are no hidden fees or “incidental charges.” Families and residents know month to month what resident care will cost. This makes planning for the long term more manageable.

If you have questions regarding long term care and/or assisted living, please contact us at NorthCountry Manor. Whatever direction you take, we are happy to offer information and guidance to find the best possible solution for your loved one’s care needs.

Registered nurse Annamarie Sloss is the administrator at NorthCountry Manor, an assisted living center in Littleton, N.H. Annamarie was trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, one of the country’s most rigorous nursing programs. Her 38-year nursing career includes many years in a variety of Intensive Care Nursing Specialties and Geriatrics. She brings a diversity to the assisted living model that is unique and hard to match. For more information, visit http://www.ncmlittleton.com/ .

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