Multiple sclerosis is an unsettling, unpredictable and often misunderstood disease, with a lot of unknowns. For many of the over 2.3 million people affected by MS, a nursing home may appear to be the inevitable outcome as the disease progresses. For a number of reasons, however, we at Residences by Regency urge those with MS to carefully consider nursing home alternatives. For example:
- FACT: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society cites that people with MS are particularly challenging for traditional facilities because they need “targeted, specialized care that many nursing homes do not have experience providing.”
- FACT: The THRIVE Institute reports that in an average nursing home, a resident will receive care from 15 different people during the course of the week. The need for consistent staffing is critical for people with MS due to the specialized skill development required of the caregiver. This need is further impacted by the cognitive awareness of people with MS and their desire to form relationships with their caregivers.
- FACT: The Center for Personal Assistance Services reports that the average nursing home resident receives less than three hours of aide care per day. People with MS require more hands-on care than many nursing home residents, including assistance with eating, bathing, toileting, and transferring.
Residences by Regency provides the best of both worlds: the around-the-clock care of a nursing home, in a residential care setting. Those with MS in the Atlanta area can experience the benefits of:
- Improved Care Delivery
The average Residences by Regency client receives over 3x the amount of direct aide care than a nursing home resident. We’ve found that this additional care dramatically transforms the life experience of clients with MS.
- Caregiver Consistency
Caregiver consistency is crucial for people with MS because of the specialized care required and their desire for person-to-person interaction. Rather than a rotating schedule of 15 or more caregivers, a Residence by Regency is staffed by a team of a few committed, consistent caregivers. We’ve found that we can provide the unique care required by that individual while creating a personal connection that makes the experience meaningful.
- Familiar Environment
Because people with MS commonly retain their cognitive faculties, living in an institutional environment can be particularly difficult. However, we have found that the actual home environment of a Residence by Regency allows clients with MS to remain in the community and enjoy many of the things that they’ve always known and loved.
To explore a residential care home option in an actual home environment that provides a 1:4 care ratio, 24/7 supervision and support, and a community social connection, call Residences by Regency at 404-205-8368, or download our brochure. We’ll meet with you at your convenience to provide a free in-home assessment and share more about the benefits and improved quality of life that await you at a Residence by Regency!