Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?

With so many choices in senior living and health care services, getting started can be the hardest part. Whether you’re doing long-range retirement planning or seeking to resolve an immediate health care situation, it is important to start with a clear understanding of the most current definitions of senior housing and health care services as you begin your search.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living is a house or apartment designed specifically for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as a stand-alone residence, such as a senior apartment building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, such as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living offers residency that is a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for those who do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on their own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. Assisted living may be available as a stand-alone community or as part of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

What is Nursing Care?

Nursing Care communities are licensed by the state and offer furnished rooms and health care to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight, yet do not require hospitalization. There are three levels of nursing care: skilled, intermediate, and custodial.

Skilled care is the highest level of service. It must be prescribed by a physician and may only be performed by or under the supervision of technical personnel, such as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or physical therapist.

Intermediate care is less intensive than skilled care and is appropriate for individuals who do not need 24-hour attention.

Custodial care is appropriate once specific technical personnel are not needed for daily care but the individual is not likely to make further significant improvement.

What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers older adults the ability to “age in place” by providing independent living, assisted living and nursing care accommodations, usually on the same property, with the ability to transfer between these residences as needs change in the future. A CCRC typically provides independent living residents with a service package designed to provide a carefree lifestyle. Transportation, activities, interior and exterior maintenance, flexible dining services and utilities are just a few of the services available at many CCRCs.

 

SAIDO Learning®

What is SAIDO Learning and where is it available?

SAIDO Learning is a groundbreaking, non-pharmaceutical intervention that has been shown to reduce and even reverse symptoms of dementia. It is based on the concept that engaging in simple yet specific therapy, which stimulates the prefrontal cortex, can reverse symptoms of dementia.

SAIDO Learning is currently available through Eliza Jennings.

Who can benefit from this therapy?

An individual with any form and/or stage of dementia (other than alcohol-induced dementia) can benefit.

Are there eligibility requirements to participate?

A successful candidate is an individual with a diagnosis of moderate-stage dementia who is able to participate in therapy sessions. The therapy can also be provided bedside for individuals whose cognitive impairments are more severe.

How long will it take to see results? Are the changes permanent?

Whether great or small, we are seeing positive changes within the first month of participation. Improvements resulting from participation are likely to continue throughout the duration of the older adults’ sessions.

What are the chances that people’s dementia symptoms may not improve after participating?

All of the Learners in the Eliza Jennings trial experienced some degree of improvement in at least one of the two standardized tests for cognitive ability, the FAB, and the MMSE.

Can an individual receive the therapy as often as desired, or in their own home?

SAIDO Learning has been determined to be the most effective when performed five times per week. It is most successful when performed in a residential community where older adults receive ongoing staff support from all disciplines. The therapy is currently not available in the home.

Is SAIDO available on a short-term basis?

For optimum results and continued improvement, SAIDO Learning has been demonstrated to work best in a community setting on a long-term basis. Once an individual discontinues participation, dementia symptoms are likely to return and increase.

Who are the staff that make up the Supporters and what kind of training do they receive?

Supporters work closely with resident Learners. They are Eliza Jennings employees from all professional disciplines, including nursing, administration, dietary, housekeeping, activities and maintenance. Supporters attend three days of intensive training on all aspects of the therapy: the founding principles; education on the pre-frontal cortex and how it relates to the therapy; how to assign Learners to appropriate levels of learning; and coaching techniques, positive reinforcement, and the role of the rest of the community in supporting the therapy.

Is financial assistance available to help cover the cost?

We believe every person should have equal access to these innovative treatments, and are seeking foundation support to fund SAIDO for residents who are unable to pay privately, until government funding becomes available.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Yes. We welcome volunteers to assist with escorting Eliza Jennings residents to and from their sessions.

Who can I contact to find out more?

To find out more about SAIDO Learning at Eliza Jennings, please contact 216.325.1266.

News/Events

UPCOMING EVENT – Making the Move to Assisted Living

Are you experiencing difficulty managing your day-to-day activities? Are you worried about a family member who may need your assistance and support? Join us at Devon Oaks Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 pm to learn when it may be time to consider assisted living. Meet with knowledgeable professionals who can offer answers and advice. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP Read the Rest…

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UPCOMING EVENT – Free Medicare Open Enrollment Counseling Devon Oaks Assisted Living

Call for appointment-no walk-in service November 7th 2017 Medicare health and drug plans change every year! Are you keeping up? Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, and it’s your time to review your coverage. Counselors from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will be here on Nov. 7th to help you review your insurance and answer Read the Rest…

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UPCOMING EVENT – Free Welcome to Medicare 2017 Event – Devon Oaks

Free Welcome to Medicare 2017 Event Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:00 PM If you are a new or soon-to-be beneficiary, or have questions about coverage for yourself or a family member, come to a free Welcome to Medicare 2017 Event at Devon Oaks Assisted Living, an Eliza Jennings Community, 2345 Crocker Road in Westlake. Learn about Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance Read the Rest…

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